• Friday May 22

    County Fairs Taking Some Hits

    • From: IHHA/Mike Paradise

    Harness racing on the 2020 Illinois County Fair Circuit has taken some hits with a quartet of cancellations of their scheduled June racing events The four called off for this year are the fairs for June 8th at Martinsville in Clark County, June 9th at Carlinville in Macoupin County, along with the Macon County fair event at Decatur, slated for June 13 and the June 24th Henry fair at Cambridge. Two more mid-June County Fairs with harness racing have been postponed, Jasper County at Newton (scheduled for June 21st and 22nd) and the June 23rd Greene County at Carrollton. The Newton Fair will be moved to dates in August. The new date for the re-scheduled Carrollton Fair has yet to be announced.

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  • Wednesday May 13

    Harrah's Hoosier Park announces opening date for 2020 race meet

    • From: Anderson Herald-Bulletin

    Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will kick off the delayed start of its 2020 racing season June 16 with a 6:30 p.m. first post time. Racing will be contested on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through Nov. 21 for a total of 111 days. It should also be noted racing will be conducted in a spectator-free manner until further notice.

  • Wednesday May 13

    Ohio Could Authorize Racing Resumption by May 22

    • From: Bloodhorse

    During a teleconferenced late-morning meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission on May 13, chairman Scott Borgemenke suggested that horse racing in the state could be authorized to resume by May 22 without fans in attendance. Commissioners were scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday and possibly May 14 to finalize safety protocols and a resolution.

  • Wednesday May 13

    Canterbury requests 52-day season that would start June 10

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    Canterbury Park moved toward conducting a 2020 race meet, filing a request for a 52-day season with the Minnesota Racing Commission on Wednesday. Canterbury applied for an amended racing season that would run June 10 through Sept. 9 with racing Monday through Thursday.

  • Wednesday May 13

    Illinois HBPA and supporters rally for spectator-free racing at Fairmount Park

    • From: KSDK

    On a normal Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of people would be packed into Fairmount Park for "Horse Hooky Tuesday." But during the pandemic, the track is empty. On Tuesday, people rallied to change that. The Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (ILHBPA) rallied with Fairmount Park employees and supporters for the return of spectator-free racing.

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  • Tuesday May 12

    Miller: Hawthorne Still Awaiting Governor's Response To Racing Resumption Plan

    • From: Paulick Report

    Hawthorne Race Course's Director of Publicity Jim Miller sent the following letter to the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association this week, explaining the delays in resuming live racing in the state of Illinois

  • Monday May 11

    Ellis Park plans to resume live racing in the summer

    • From: Tri-State Homepage

    Ellis Park plans to have live racing return to the track this summer on June 28 says general manager, Jeff Inman. “I want to assure everybody that we will not open this facility until it’s safe for everyone.” Kentucky’s Governor, Andy Beshear, authorized horse racing last week. Inman has an initial outline for how fans can expect to watch.

  • Monday May 11

    Iowa sportsbook revenue plummets 87.2% in April

    • From: iGaming Business

    The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) has reported an 87.2% month-over-month decline in sports betting revenue for April, after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic all but cleared the sporting calendar and shuttered the state’s casinos. Revenue for the month dropped to $150,331, with amounts wagered dropping to $1.6m, down from $19.6m in March.

  • Sunday May 10

    Churchill Downs to reopen stables Monday, Spring Meet to kick off Saturday

    • From: WDRB

    Horse racing will be among the first industries to reopen Monday as part of Kentucky's gradual approach to reopening the economy. Churchill Downs will reopen its stables May 11, with only authorized racetrack employees, trainers, properly licensed people and those who take care of the horses allowed on the property.

  • Saturday May 09

    No ADW Bill May Mean No In-State Wagering On Spectatorless Racing At…

    • From: Paulick Report

    Days before horses were scheduled to begin shipping in to the stables at Canterbury Park, the Shakopee, Minn., racetrack and horsemen were dealt a blow when language permitting advance deposit wagering was stricken from legislation regulating racing and card clubs at Canterbury and the Running Aces standardbred track. Legislation passed in 2016 permitting Minnesota residents to wager on out-of-state races using ADW accounts but Canterbury and Running Aces races were excluded. With Canterbury expected to open without fans on-site on an as-yet-to-be-determined date, Minnesotans will be shut out from wagering on their own races until spectators are permitted.

  • Saturday May 09

    Columbus NE plans to not hold live horse racing meet this year

    • From: Omaha World-Herald

    Pending the approval of the state racing commission, Columbus plans to scrap its plans for a live meet this year. Agricultural Park General Manager Dan Clarey confirmed Friday that the track will not hold live racing because of coronavirus concerns. The announcement originally had been made on a Facebook post. “We’ve been holding off as long as we could to make this decision," he said. “Things just aren’t trending in the right direction for us."

  • Friday May 08

    IHHA: Covid-19 Update

    • From: IHHA

    Unfortunately, we still have no word on when we can return to work. We had been anticipating that by now, we would have a plan in place for a return to live racing without spectators. The decision rests in the hands of the Governor and his staff. As an industry, horsemen, racetracks and the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture have submitted a plan on how we can return to racing safely. The Dept. of Public Health has looked at the plan and agreed with its practices. For the past 7-10 days we have consistently been assured that we would soon get direction on how and when we could proceed. Yet still, no game plan. So what is next?

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