• 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.

  • Sunday June 23

    Arizona Downs Ends Meet Early, Cites 'Uncertainty' Over Access to Off-Track Betting…

    • From: casino.org

    A disagreement over signal rights for off-track betting (OTB) parlors has led to Arizona Downs to cut its racing meet short. Officials at the Prescott Valley track announced on Friday that this weekend would be the final days of racing in 2019. The track, where racing resumed in May after a nine-year absence, was initially scheduled to hold races through Labor Day.

  • Friday May 24

    Sweetwater Downs looks to cut live horse racing

    • From: Buckrail

    With the horseracing industry under the gun nationwide, and the very survival of the sport at risk due to copious fatalities, a local track in Wyoming is contemplating cutting its racing program but for different reasons. The Sweetwater Events Complex will be reviewing its option to discontinue live horse racing in 2019. The Sweetwater Events Complex Board of Trustees will be presented with staff recommendation to discontinue live horse racing due to declining public participation and the increasing high demand from user groups wanting to rent the facility.

  • Wednesday May 08

    Hold your horses: Alberta court to review disqualification in Canadian Derby

    • From: 660 News

    A fight over which horse won a Canadian Derby race in Edmonton two years ago is to be heard in court this week. Queen’s Bench Justice June Ross is to look at the results of the Aug. 19, 2017, race at Northland’s Park. Chief Know It All was originally declared the winner despite a complaint from the owner of another horse it allegedly fouled. Ten months later, the Horse Racing Appeal Tribunal disqualified Chief Know It All and named two other horses, Double Bear and Trooper John, as co-winners.

  • Monday May 06

    A Successful Opening Day at Hastings Racecourse

    • From: Horse Canada

    Kentucky Derby Day turned into Kentucky Dollar Day in more ways than one at Hastings Racecourse Saturday afternoon. With the total wagering handle skyrocketing to $810,252 at Hastings – more than double last year’s number on opening day – a mammoth gathering of local racing fans got caught up in the emotion of the historic developments at Churchill Downs when 65-1 longshot Country House was placed first through a disqualification to win the 145th edition of the fabled Run for the Roses.

  • Sunday May 05

    Horse Racing Season is Off and Running at Pocatello Downs

    • From: KPVI

    The horse racing season is off and running at Pocatello Downs. Sunday is the first day of the racing season.

    The new Presidents says it’s especially important to come out and support the races this year. “Because with the historical horse racing not passing this year, at the voting season, you know it’s dying, it really is dying in Idaho, so we need people out here supporting us, saying you know what, the horse racing is important to the people of Idaho and we want to see it continue. It’s part of our heritage,” says Lukrena Schoonover, President of Pocatello Downs.

  • Friday May 03

    RMTC is ready to race

    • From: Lethbridge Herald

    The Rocky Mountain Turf Club is once again at the gate. It’s off and running Saturday in conjunction with the first of the Triple Crown races.

  • Thursday May 02

    On Eve Of Kentucky Derby, Fate Of Boise's Horse Track Uncertain

    • From: Boise State Public Radio

    Horse racing was a fixture of the Treasure Valley for decades, but the sound of hooves on turf hasn’t been heard at the track since 2015. ... The future of Les Bois Park is something Ada County Commissioners are wrestling with. The property is part of some 240 acres that includes Expo Idaho, the Western Idaho Fairgrounds and Hawks Stadium. Ada County Commissioner Kendra Kenyon tells KTVB it’s unlikely horse racing will return to the track.

  • Tuesday April 30

    JONES: Century Mile off to the races with major opening weekend

    • From: Montreal Gazette

    How successful was Sunday’s first day of thoroughbred horse racing at Century Mile? It was so successful that the purse for the 90th Canadian Derby Aug. 18 at the Airport City track just jumped from $150,000 to $250,000 with the express intention of returning it to its previous status as the richest race in Western Canada in addition to now becoming the only mile track west of Woodbine. Overnight.

  • Monday April 15

    California Lawmakers Pushing Bill To Give Racing Board Authority To Close Tracks

    • From: KSRO

    State Senator Bill Dodd is pushing a bill that would give the California Horse Racing Board the authority to order temporary race track closures in situations requring prompt action. The issue arose earlier this month when California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein called on the board to halt all racing at the Santa Anita racetrack in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, following the deaths of 23 horses. It turns out that the CHRB doesn’t have that power.

  • Tuesday April 02

    The heart of Oregon horse racing is coming to Grants Pass

    • From: KOBI TV

    "The heart of horse racing in Oregon is coming to the Rogue Valley. TMB Racing in Grants Pass is owned by Dutch Bros. Coffee co-founder Travis Boersma. The company was recently approved to purchase the state license after the recent closure of Portland Meadows."

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