Midwest Racing News Archive

News about midwest horse racing.

New 12/13/20 photos from ITHA.

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Horse racing will be back up and running at Fonner Park in February, but in order for people to observe the races, officials are changing things up in order to comply with state and local ordinances.

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While Fonner Park is waiting for the Nebraska Gaming Commission to be established, the Grand Island racetrack is talking with companies that might run a gaming operation there once the system is in place.

With the Kentucky Supreme Court's decision that many Historical Horse Racing machines, the fuel that powers the state's racing circuit, do not constitute pari-mutuel wagering, the horse racing industry now faces problems.

Effective immediately and until further notice, Galloping Out is waiving the donation fee to place a horse in our program. We hope this will help encourage continued and robust owner participation in Galloping Out so that thoroughbred horses can enjoy productive and rewarding lives after they retire.

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The company announcement Tuesday that TwinSpires will now serve as Churchill Down’s all-in-one sports betting, online gambling, and parimutuel horse racing betting brand.

Tracks closed, spectators were absent, and schedules were changed beyond recognition. Yet, amid a year unlike any other in Thoroughbred racing, the total 2020 US handle dipped only 1.3% from its 2019 totals.

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On the evening of Dec. 27, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus bill to provide government funding and pandemic aid. Signage of the bill removed the threat of a partial government shutdown that would have started Dec. 29 after a temporary spending law expired.

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Kentucky Downs announced Friday two stakes races for its annual meet have been upgraded to Grade 2 status for 2021. The $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup at 1 1/2 miles and the $500,000 Franklin-Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters both were elevated from Grade 3 to Grade 2 status for the upcoming year. In addition, the $750,000 Tourist Mile earned Grade 3 stature for the first time.

Oaklawn Park will now have the ability to card Lasix-free stakes races after a state legislative review committee in Arkansas signed off on a series of racing rule changes Friday.

Casinos are getting closer to coming to Nebraska. Yesterday, Ho-Chunk Inc. announced the launch of its new division Warhorse Gaming. CEO of Fonner Park Chris Kotulak says they are interviewing a number of casino operators including Ho-Chunk Inc.

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Canterbury Park’s request for a 65-day 2021 thoroughbred and quarter horse racing season, May 18 through Sept. 16, was unanimously approved Thursday by the Minnesota Racing Commission. The Shakopee, Minn. track will conduct a Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule with racing also on Memorial Day and Labor Day as well as Saturday, July 3.

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