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  • Tuesday February 11

    Court hearing on request to block historical horse racing in Nebraska postponed

    • From: Lincoln Journal-Star

    A Lancaster County District Court hearing set for Tuesday on a request to block Fonner Park from installing historical horse racing terminals has been postponed, according to court staff. No new court date had been set in the case pitting the Nebraska Attorney General's Office against the Nebraska State Racing Commission over its approval of the controversial terminals.

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  • Monday February 10

    Indiana Derby Headlines Indiana Grand 2020 Schedule

    • From: Bloodhorse

    A total of 37 Thoroughbred Stakes with purses in excess of a record $4.65 million will be offered during the upcoming 2020 racing season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The schedule is headed by the grade 3 $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby set for Saturday, July 11.

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  • Sunday February 09

    'All Others' Favored in KY Derby Future Wager Pool 2

    • From: Bloodhorse

    With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) 12 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of "All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings" closed Feb. 9 as the 2-1 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager with San Vicente (G2) winner Nadal and Holy Bull (G3) and Champagne (G1) winner Tiz the Law as the 8-1 co-second choices.

  • Sunday February 09

    NE Court to hear case regarding historical horse racing on Tuesday

    • From: Norfolk Daily News

    A hearing has been scheduled in Lancaster County District Court for Tuesday to consider the future of historical horse racing machines in the state of Nebraska. In January, the Nebraska Attorney General's Office asked a judge to nullify the State Racing Commission's decision to allow historical horse racing at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

  • Saturday February 08

    Fonner Park CEO Chris Kotulak makes strong argument for historical racing machines

    • From: Grand Island Independent

    The battle over historical racing machines at Fonner Park will continue on Tuesday. A hearing is scheduled in district court in Lincoln to hear the case against historical racing machines brought by Attorney General Doug Peterson in support of a temporary injunction keep the machines out of Fonner Park. New Fonner CEO Chris Kotulak has been a big supporter of historical racing as something that would give a big boost to horse racing in Nebraska. Over and over again, Kotulak has stressed that in his view historical racing machines are legal. “Historical horse racing is fully parimutuel and anyone who has fought that fact has lost,” Kotulak said. “Plus, slot machines are illegal in Nebraska and I would never undertake in anything illegal.”

  • Saturday February 08

    Michigan’s Northville Downs Signs Long-Term Lease To Operate Through 2024

    • From: Paulick Report

    Northville Downs in Michigan announced on Friday that the track has signed a long-term lease to continue harness racing operations through 2024. A previous announcement in 2018 had indicated that the land would be sold and redeveloped into high-end housing, reports clickondetroit.com, but the new lease will continue operations at the Northville location.

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  • Saturday February 08

    Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Issues $50000 in Fines Over Racing, Casino…

    • From: Casino.org

    The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) earlier this week handed out a $20,000 fine to Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel for two incidents that occurred during its racing meet last year. A "horse raced with an expired Coggins test certificate", and an error prevented a horse from being entered in a stakes race. In addition, the IRGC fined two casinos for allowing minors to enter the gaming floor.

  • Friday February 07

    Joe Sharp Has Eight Horses Disqualified At Fair Grounds; Additional Cases Pending…

    • From: Paulick Report

    Trainer Joe Sharp, who had eight horses disqualified at Fair Grounds in Louisiana because of positive tests for the Class 2 drug levamisole, said similar cases are pending from multiple horses from his barn who competed at the Churchill Downs fall meet in Kentucky. Daily Racing Form first reported that Sharp was fined $1,000 by stewards for each Fair Grounds positive the trainer said resulted from a deworming product he began using late last year. The positive tests were from Fair Grounds races between Dec. 1 and Dec. 28 and included Tracksmith, who finished first and is now disqualified and placed last in the Woodchopper Stakes Dec. 28.

  • Thursday February 06

    Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Hiring of General Manager of Oak Grove Racing…

    • From: Yahoo Finance

    Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (CHDN) announced today the hiring of Darold Londo as President and General Manager of Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel (“Oak Grove”) in Oak Grove, Kentucky. Londo brings an extensive history in the gaming and entertainment industry to the development. Oak Grove conducted its first live harness racing meet in October and November 2019 and is currently undergoing construction of a state-of-the-art historical racing machine (“HRM”) venue, as well as an equestrian center and hotel in southwestern Kentucky.

  • Wednesday February 05

    Six New Members To Be Enshrined In Nebraska Thoroughbred Racing Hall Of…

    • From: Paulick Report

    On Saturday March 7, the Nebraska HBPA will be honoring six new inductees into the Nebraska Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Among the new members to be enshrined are jockeys, trainers, and administrative personnel who have had an impact on Nebraska racing over the course of their lives.

  • Tuesday February 04

    Reappointments Made to Indiana Horse Racing Commission

    • From: Bloodhorse

    Indiana's Governor Eric Holcomb recently reappointed Susie Lightle and George Pillow to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC).

  • Tuesday February 04

    Minnesota awards banquet approaching

    • From: Harnesslink

    The annual Minnesota Harness Racing Awards Banquet is fast approaching and excitement is in the air as we get ready to crown the champion trotters and pacers from the 2019 season. The big event is slated for Saturday, February 22 with a full day of events beginning with Check-in from 1-2 pm followed by the MHRI Annual meeting and reports.

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