• Tuesday January 07

    Guest opinion: Montana needs new horse wagering laws

    • From: Billings Gazette


    [Due to the demise of simulcasting] the revenue scenario for 2021 and live racing is now in question. But, as always, in the midst of difficulty lies opportunity. This turn of events may be a silver lining in creating a sense of urgency that the Legislature often needs to act. The need for passage of the sports wagering and Historical Horse Racing legislation becomes much more compelling.

  • Friday January 03

    Unhappy new year: Montana to say goodbye to simulcast racing

    • From: The Missoulian

    Another era in Montana horse racing comes to an end Tuesday when the statewide simulcast network goes dark. Missoula businessman Nick Alonzo has operated Montana Simulcast Racing, LLC, daily since 2012, but said Monday he’s been bucking the times. He decided a couple of weeks ago not to renew his one-year contract with the Montana Board of Horse Racing that ends Dec. 31. “Unfortunately, the bettors aren’t there any more to have a place like this, other than one day a year for the Kentucky Derby”.

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  • Friday December 27

    Federal Judge Denies Injunction In Challenge To New Arizona Simulcasting Law

    • From: The Paulick Report

    A simulcast distribution company owned by The Stronach Group suffered a setback in court on Dec. 20 when a federal judge in Arizona denied an application for a temporary restraining order that would block recently enacted legislation designed to regulate simulcasts of horse races imported into the state.

  • Friday December 20

    Horse racing begins at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino on Dec. 26

    • From: Ruidoso News

    The 61st season of live horse racing begins Thursday, Dec. 26 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Here is a look at some of the highlights for the upcoming campaign.

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  • Thursday December 12

    Horse racing board pays $628K debt to state early

    • From: Great Falls Tribune

    The Montana Board of Horse Racing has paid off a loan in excess of $628,000 to the state three years ahead of schedule, officials said, erasing a debt incurred several years ago. Board members say they are optimistic about racing’s future in the Treasure State.

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  • Thursday December 12

    Locks on the Doors; Portland Meadows is closing

    • From: Jason Beem

    “You think they’ll run here next year?”

    From the time I started working at Portland Meadows in 2006, every Summer that familiar question came up hundreds of times. “You think they’ll run here next year?” My answer was usually the same to everyone. “I think so. I hope so.”

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  • Thursday December 12

    Jockeys' Guild: Whip bans may result in 'drastic consequences'

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Before the California Horse Racing Board takes action Thursday on proposed whip rules that could limit jockeys from using them in races "except when necessary to control the horse for the safety of the horse or rider," the Jockeys' Guild released a statement in favor of keeping whips in racing.

  • Tuesday December 10

    Race horse safety initiatives take center stage during UA symposium on future…

    • From: tucson.com

    Horse racing experts gathered at a Tucson resort on Tuesday to discuss the changes being made throughout the sport after a series of high-profile equine deaths. They all agreed that while improvements and oversight will come at a significant expense, they’re critical to the future of horse racing.

  • Friday November 15

    Emerald sets 2020 meet dates; Hastings extends lease

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    Emerald Downs will have 63 days of live racing in 2020. The meet begins Saturday, April 18, and concludes Sunday, Sept. 20.

    Horsemen in British Columbia were pleased to hear Great Canadian Gaming Corp., which operates Hastings, has signed a five-year lease extension with the city of Vancouver. Hastings sits on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds, which is owned by the city. The agreement calls for Hastings to spend money on improving the backstretch. There also is an option to renew the lease for another five years.

  • Wednesday November 13

    Peguis First Nation eyes Assiniboia Downs for urban reserve in Winnipeg

    • From: Global News.ca

    Peguis First Nation and the Manitoba Jockey Club are teaming up to turn the Assiniboia Downs into an urban reserve. The plan is to create an entertainment hub, with hotels, restaurants, shops and possibly a casino. The new development would complement the existing race track.

  • Tuesday November 12

    North Dakota Racing Commission says 2019 was a 'great year'

    • From: Prairie Public News

    The director of the North Dakota Racing Commission said 2019 was a good year for the industry. "The summer was actually fabulous," Jack Schulz told the Legislature's Audit and Fiscal Review Committee. "We were one of the few tracks in the US that didn't have any major incidents." Schulz said there we no horse deaths, no injuries, and no negative drug tests. "We had a clean summer," Schulz said.

  • Wednesday November 06

    Horse racing finished at fairgrounds, Ada County Commission says

    • From: Idaho Press

    The Ada County Board of Commissioners Wednesday confirmed horse racing would no longer be on the table for the former Les Bois site off Chinden Boulevard. At an administrative meeting Wednesday, commissioners discussed how the county would use the 240-acre area on Chinden that houses Expo Idaho, Lady Bird Park and the now-defunct Les Bois Horse Racing Park. “Horse racing is done,” Commission President Kendra Kenyon said.

  • Monday November 04

    Fall season wraps up first year at Grants Pass Downs

    • From: KOBI 5

    Horse racing has come to an end this year with Monday being the final day for southern Oregon’s first fall season. The races were held at the newly renovated Grants Pass Downs with officials calling this fall season a success. There were over 140 races completed and n top of that, people and racers came from all over the country to check out the downs. While official numbers aren’t in, organizers of the races estimate over a million dollars were wagered through just the fall season. That’s more than double what they would make during some of their summer seasons.

  • Saturday October 12

    Phoenix resident attends 64th straight opening day at Turf Paradise

    • From: AZ Central

    Much to his surprise, Bill Shaner had a race named after him on opening day at Turf Paradise. “I do?" he said. "Well I guess it’s better to have a race named after me than to have my name in an obituary.” Turf Paradise decided to name the fourth race on its 64th annual opening-day card after the 90-year-old Shaner, who has attended every opening day since the North Phoenix horse racing track opened in 1956.

  • Sunday September 22

    Commercial racing begins at Grants Pass Downs

    • From: KOBI-TV

    Grants Pass is now home to Oregon’s biggest horse races. The first-ever fall season started at the Grants Pass Downs on Sunday. TMB Racing in Grants Pass is owned by Dutch Bros. co-founder Travis Boersma. After the closure of Portland Meadows, the company was approved to purchase the state license.

  • Thursday September 19

    Grants Pass Downs kicks off first commercial race meet this weekend

    • From: PR Newswire

    Grants Pass Downs kicks off its first ever commercial race meet this Sunday, Sept. 22. The eight-race opening day program will feature the TMB Inaugural, with a full field of 8 thoroughbreds competing for a purse of $11,650 at a distance of five and one-half furlongs. Races will be held every Sunday and Monday through Nov. 4, with 14 race days scheduled in total for the meet and all post times at 1 p.m. Admission is $4, and parking is free.

  • Monday September 09

    Another Banner Season at Assiniboia Downs

    • From: ChrisD.ca

    Wagering on the 50-day season was $35,622 per race compared to $33,997 last year, an increase of 4.78 per cent. This included partner wagering from other racing venues in North America which carried Assiniboia Downs races.

  • Thursday July 18

    Mansch: For many, a return of horse racing is reason to rejoice

    • From: Great Falls Tribune

    The first official horse race in Great Falls was a match race on the Fourth of July that took place in 1885. On Saturday, the tradition returns to town as the Great Falls Turf Club opens a five-day race meet at Montana ExpoPark.

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