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Kentucky Gaming

article Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Says Return of Horse Racing Still Months Away (4/5/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Some members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) may be clamoring for live racing to return to the state. But as long as COVID-19 is still a...
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COVID-19

article Britain’s Grand National Goes Virtual to Keep Gamblers Engaged (4/3/2020)
(UK) -- Britain’s highest-profile horse race over fences -- one that used to be a TV highlight for households across the land and made heroes of horses such as Red...
article OP/ED: COVID-19 puts second season of racing at Century Mile in doubt (4/2/2020)
(Alberta) -- Catastrophic? Or opportunistic? It’s reached the point where it’s now going to be one extreme or the other for horse racing in Alberta. Edmonton...
article Horsemen still coping with racing shutdown (3/26/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Although live horse racing has ceased at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino due to the COVID-19 virus, trainers and jockeys are still working in the...
article Track suspends racing, sets up test site (3/26/2020)
(New York) -- Horse racing has been suspended at Aqueduct Race Track adding to the long list of spectator sports which have ceased operations in the past weeks in an...
article Close the Schools and Bars and Stay Home, but Keep the Horses Racing (3/19/2020)
(USA) -- The Kentucky Derby, long known for its spot on the sporting calendar on the first Saturday in May, is making a big shift to September. But even the coronavirus...
article France Galop: 'our dearest wish' is to be racing again from the middle of April (3/19/2020)
(France) -- France was the first major racing nation to shut down completely in the face of the coronavirus outbreak and officials are maintaining hopes they could also...
article Coronavirus Ravages 7 Members of a Single Family, Killing 3 (3/18/2020)
(New Jersey) -- Grace Fusco — mother of 11, grandmother of 27 — would sit in the same pew at church each Sunday, surrounded by nearly a dozen members of her...
article Oaklawn to Close Casino for Two Weeks, Racing Continues (3/16/2020)
(Arkansas) -- With the unfortunate announcement the afternoon of March 15 that two people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Garland County, Oaklawn has made the...
article Tracks Close to Fans, Racing and Online Betting Continue (3/13/2020)
(USA) -- The racing world is reacting as well. As of March 12, the way racing is conducted has been modified severely in California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New...
article Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack to remain open despite health concerns (3/13/2020)
(West Virginia) -- Officials announced Friday that the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack will remain open despite recent health concerns amid the COVID-19...
article COVID-19 Update: Santa Anita, GG Closed to Public (3/12/2020)
(California) -- The sporting world is being upended as local, state, and national policies toward stemming the spread of COVID-19 are being put in place. This is a story...
article Rebel Stakes is a go as Oaklawn Racing takes preventative measures amid COVID-19 (3/12/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Rebel Stakes is an American Grade II Thoroughbred horse race held annually in March at Oaklawn Park racetrack in Hot Springs, Ark. According to the...
article Dundalk to race behind closed doors as Ireland launches coronavirus restrictions (3/12/2020)
(Ireland) -- Following an announcement made by Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar that schools, colleges and other public facilities will close in response to the...
article MGM Resorts closes New York horse track after coronavirus death (3/10/2020)
(New York) -- MGM Resorts International is shutting down its Yonkers Raceway track in New York following the death of a track employee afflicted with COVID-19. The...
14 Total Articles on this Issue

California Gaming

article Golden Gate Racing Suspended by Health Department (4/2/2020)
(California) -- In accordance with instructions received the morning of April 2 from the Alameda County Public Health Officer, Golden Gate Fields will temporarily close...
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Florida Gaming

article Horse Racing to Continue in Florida After Gov. DeSantis Issues Stay Home Order to Curb COVID-19 Spread (4/2/2020)
(Florida) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order for residents as the Sunshine State tries to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. One business...
article COLUMN: Tiz the Law wins ghost race Florida Derby with no fans, no cheering amid pandemic (3/29/2020)
(Florida) -- It was something nearly unseen in the surreal spring of 2020, in the midst of a raging, global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: a major live sporting event,...
article The Heavy Favorite At A Horse Race In Tampa Bucked Its Jockey And Ran Away (3/29/2020)
(Florida) -- There isn’t much in the way of sports happening right now as the COVID-19 outbreak has put a halt to most all sports leagues as they attempt to...
article Florida Derby Purse Reduced From $1 Million to $750,000 (3/21/2020)
(Florida) -- Citing casino closings and the absence of on-track handle, Gulfstream Park announced March 21 that the purse of the March 28 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) will...
article Dog racing fans in Bonita Springs said nothing will keep them away amid pandemic (3/18/2020)
(Florida) -- Despite Las Vegas Casinos closing down due to the threat of spreading coronavirus in crowds, local casinos and other gambling sites are still open. At the...
article Road to Kentucky Derby 2020 Makes Stops at Tampa Bay Downs, Aqueduct and Santa Anita on Saturday (3/7/2020)
(Florida) -- The winners of the Grade III Gotham Stakes at New York’s Aqueduct, the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs, and the Grade II San Felipe Stakes...
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New York Gaming

article NY Lawmakers Approve Major New Equine Drug Testing Lab (4/2/2020)
(New York) -- New York lawmakers have authorized the New York Racing Association to construct a major new equine drug testing lab modeled on the state-of-the-art lab at...
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China Gaming

article Hong Kong's night races gallop on during the coronavirus outbreak... but without the fans (3/31/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- The Wednesday night races in Hong Kong's Happy Valley are typically a raucous ritual that can draw up to 20,000 people to the course. But during the...
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Ohio Gaming

article Ohio State Racing Commission Directs Tracks To Remain Open For ‘Reasonable Equine Exercise’ (3/31/2020)
(Ohio) -- The Ohio State Racing Commission's executive director Bill Crawford issued a directive to the state's racing executives on Tuesday, addressing the...
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N.J. Sports Betting

article Struggle Ahead For NJ Horsemen In $150M Lawsuit Vs. Sports Leagues (3/30/2020)
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey’s thoroughbred horsemen’s association may have run into a brick wall in its efforts to unseal eight-year-old depositions from...
article Freehold Raceway Ready To Make A Run At Sports Betting In New Jersey (3/6/2020)
(New Jersey) -- Freehold Raceway, owned by Pennwood Racing, has petitioned the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) for a license to offer sports betting. The...
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New Mexico Gaming

article Ruidoso Downs barn area opening delayed (3/28/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the horse racing community in New Mexico. On Saturday, All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership...
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Louisiana Gaming

article Fate of racehorses, horsemen ousted from New Orleans by coronavirus in legal limbo (3/25/2020)
(New Orleans) -- A standoff between Boyd Gaming, which operates horse racing at Evangeline Downs in St. Landry Parish and Delta Downs in Calcasieu Parish, moves to court...
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West Virginia Gaming

article Charles Town bracing for loss of casino funds (3/25/2020)
(West Virginia) -- The closure of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races earlier this month due to the COVID-19 outbreak meant more than just the absence of flashing...
article Hollywood Casino to suspend live horse racing (3/24/2020)
(West Virginia) -- Horse racing has been one of the last sports to feel the full effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. But on Tuesday morning, the total shutdown of the...
article Horse racing now halts in Charles Town, reversing earlier plan to run with no fans (3/24/2020)
(West Virginia) -- The resumption of live horse racing in Charles Town didn’t last long. On Friday, the state Racing Commission agreed to allow a few races a week...
article Greyhounds can exercise at tracks during casino shutdown but not race yet, commission decides (3/23/2020)
(West Virginia) -- Greyhounds can be exercised during West Virginia’s coronavirus-related casino shutdown, but they won’t be racing right away. That was the...
article Racing resumes at Charles Town without spectators (3/21/2020)
(West Virginia) -- Live horse racing is back on without the fans at a West Virginia track a few days after the facility was shut down due to the new coronavirus....
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Massachusetts Gaming

article Plainridge racing season postponed until June (3/20/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- What was already slated to be a lighter-than-usual racing season will now be even shorter than planned. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted...
article Coronavirus shutdown of casinos complete, says Massachusetts Gaming Commission; revenue figures for February released (3/16/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- All three Massachusetts casinos — MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park and Encore Boston Harbor — completed their emergency shutdowns and...
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UK Gambling

article Coronavirus: history shows it could provide racing with an opportunity for change (3/18/2020)
(UK) -- As now, in 2001 British racing was in crisis - then because of a severe outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that affected everyday life across the country. The...
article UK gambling seeks gov't help as sports and racing cupboard bare (3/17/2020)
(UK) -- UK sports betting and gambling operators are pleading for the government to help offset the cancellation of all UK racing fixtures and the postponement of the...
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Arkansas Gaming

article Arkansas Horse Track's Casino Temporarily Closing Over Virus (3/16/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A Hot Springs horse track is closing its casino for the next two weeks over concerns about the novel coronavirus. Oaklawn announced Sunday it was closing...
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Kentucky Derby

article Decision on Kentucky Derby timing to be announced Tuesday (3/16/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs on Monday said in a statement that it will make an announcement “regarding the timing” of this year’s Kentucky Derby on...
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Sports Betting

article Horse Racing Is One of the Last Sports Standing in US (3/16/2020)
(USA) -- With nearly every sport in the United States shut down for the foreseeable future because of the coronavirus, there is one that intends to go on as long as...
article Horse Racing Helps Fill The Sports Void Caused By The Coronavirus Pandemic (3/16/2020)
(USA) -- In what felt like an instant the sports world ground to an abrupt halt right as word came down that Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert tested positive for novel...
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Illinois Gaming

article Capitol Teletrack could get boost from sports betting (3/15/2020)
(Illinois) -- On a usual day, CAPITOL TELETRACK manager Greg Harrell estimates that about 25 regular customers come in “like clockwork” to play the ponies at...
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Pennsylvania Gaming

article Spooked By Wolf, PA Horse Breeders Look To Maryland For A Stable Environment (3/11/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Like the rest of the Pennsylvania equine world at the moment, Donald L. Brown Jr.‘s plans are on hold. That’s due to a proposal by Gov. Tom...
article Russell Redding: After $3 billion on horse racing, Pa. shifts priorities (3/7/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- A budget is really a list of priorities. In our own homes we spend the most money on necessities like housing, food and transportation, and we spend...
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Caesars

article Eldorado president sees ‘tremendous opportunity for growth’ at Hoosier Park (3/9/2020)
(Indiana) -- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will retain its name and branding after the purchase of its parent company, Caesars Entertainment, is...
article Eldorado president sees ‘tremendous opportunity for growth’ at Hoosier Park (3/9/2020)
(Indiana) -- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will retain its name and branding after the purchase of its parent company, Caesars Entertainment, is...
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Horse Racing Scandals

article 27 indicted on federal charges in alleged horse doping scheme (3/9/2020)
(New York) -- Horse racing, already in the midst of a crisis over the number of equine fatalities in the sport, was dealt another severe blow to its credibility when...
article Feds charge horse racing trainers, veterinarians over ‘widespread, corrupt’ doping scheme (3/9/2020)
(New York) -- More than two dozen horse-racing industry employees were charged Monday with participating in “a widespread, corrupt” doping scheme, the latest...
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Maryland Gaming

article Horseshoe Baltimore Struggles Continue, Lone Maryland Casino in Red Last Month (3/7/2020)
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s six casinos performed well last month, all but the Horseshoe recording year-over-year gross gaming revenue (GGR) gains. Casino win totaled...
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Other News

article Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino donates $2 million to coronavirus relief efforts (4/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- he Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino donated $2 million to a state fund aimed as assisting residents hardest hit by COVID-19. The donation announced late...
article Canterbury Park postpones May 15 racing start date to undetermined date (4/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park will postpone its horse racing season past its original start date — May 15 — and said it will continue to monitor the COVID-...
article Santa Anita Suspends Live Racing After Los Angeles County Health Officials Issue COVID-19 Order (3/28/2020)
(California) -- The Stronach Group track posted a formal announcement on its Twitter account early Friday afternoon, around the time its eight-race card was supposed to...
article Watch: Philip Kirby hosts dramatic Dog Derby in bid to keep spirits up (3/26/2020)
(UK) -- Philip Kirby's horses may not be racing but his dogs are, as the Yorkshire trainer this week hosted the Green Oaks Dog Derby in a bid to brighten up social...
article No Eviction At Pompano Park; Casino Says They're Here For Horsemen (3/23/2020)
(Florida) -- After initial concerns that horses and backstretch workers would be forced to leave Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Fla., a crowd of 100 horsemen were told...
article Pompano Park rescinds eviction notice (3/23/2020)
(Florida) -- A crowd of more than 100 harness racing horsemen and women met outside the race paddock at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday morning and heard the positive...
article Santa Anita prohibits media, owners from grounds (3/20/2020)
(California) -- Santa Anita was like a ghost town last weekend, but it will be even less inhabited for an undetermined length of time when it resumes live racing Friday...
article Santa Anita prohibits media, owners from grounds (3/20/2020)
(California) -- Santa Anita was like a ghost town last weekend, but it will be even less inhabited for an undetermined length of time when it resumes live racing Friday.
article Spooked PA Horse Industry Racing To Maryland For More Stable Support (3/11/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Like the rest of the Pennsylvania equine world at the moment, Donald L. Brown Jr.‘s plans are on hold. That’s due to a proposal by Gov. Tom...
article STRI Announce Saudi Arabia's Ambitious Turf Racetrack as Complete (3/9/2020)
(Saudi Arabia) -- Realising Saudi Arabia’s racecourse vision World-leading sports surface solution provider, STRI Group, recently completed one of the most...
article Duo represent next generation at the Aiken Training Track (3/9/2020)
(South Carolina) -- Dedicated and enthusiastic, Justin Rivera and Logan Bearden represent the next generation at the Aiken Training Track. The facility on Two Notch Road...
article Police: Men Wearing Surgical Masks Rob Aqueduct Racetrack In Queens (3/9/2020)
(New York) -- wo men wearing surgical masks allegedly stole $25,000 shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
article The Mysterious Deaths That Exposed Horse Racing’s Brutal Underbelly (3/8/2020)
(California) -- It was sweltering in Saratoga Springs, New York, on the second Sunday of August, when 400 racing executives decided to discuss the dead horse situation....
article Rick Dutrow’s last ride heads into homestretch as he fights to overturn 10-year suspension (3/8/2020)
(New York) -- On June 7, 2008, trainer Rick Dutrow stood just 1½ miles and 2½ minutes from thoroughbred racing immortality on the dirt track at Belmont...
article NJ sports betting: Freehold Raceway finally ready for sports betting (3/4/2020)
(New Jersey) -- Some 20 months after sports betting was legalized at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey, Freehold Raceway is finally ready to build a sports book of...
article Casino Drive Dies In Japan At Age 14 (3/4/2020)
(Japan) -- Casino Drive, a Grade 2 winner and member of one of the Thoroughbred breed's most successful family trees, died on Aug. 5, 2019, per Japan's stud book...
article Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: 57th running of West Texas Derby takes place Saturday (3/4/2020)
(Texas) -- Heading into Saturday's 57th running of the 400-yard West Texas Derby, Aggressive Driver is running the best in his young career. The three-year-old...
article For Rehoboth farm, decline in thoroughbred racing could be a death knell (3/3/2020)
(Delaware) -- In its heyday, Briar Hill Farm prided itself on breeding and training nearly 25 thoroughbred stallions a year. Renowned as the only farm in the state with...
article American Dream Meadowlands: The Endless Opening (3/2/2020)
(New Jersey) -- The 1976 Johnny Cash song “One Piece at a Time,” about a Cadillac assembly line worker who pieces together a unique car built from spirited-...
article Grimthorpe Chase report: Captain Chaos wins by wide margin at Doncaster (2/29/2020)
(England) -- Placed in a host of big staying races, Dan Skelton's nine-year-old put the record straight as he came home unchallenged to score by 54 lengths from...

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