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

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.

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  • Anderson Herald-Bulletin
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Ohio Could Authorize Racing Resumption by May 22

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.

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  • Bloodhorse
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Canterbury requests 52-day season that would start June 10

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.

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  • Daily Racing Form

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

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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  • KSDK

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

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

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  • Paulick Report

Ellis Park plans to resume live racing in the summer

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.

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  • Tri-State Homepage
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Iowa sportsbook revenue plummets 87.2% in April

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.

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  • iGaming Business

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

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.

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  • WDRB

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

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.

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

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."

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  • Omaha World-Herald

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Outlines Key Dates for Reopening of State's Tracks

Fitting into a five-phase reopening plan for the state of Indiana outlined by its governor, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has announced four major dates to pay attention to for the reopening of the state’s racetracks.

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  • Thoroughbred Daily News
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