coronavirus

Minnesota Tracks Receive Help but No Expanded Betting

Minnesota is home to two prominent horse racing tracks: Canterbury Park and Running Aces. Both have become casino/resort properties and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Businesses across Minnesota inundated lawmakers with requests for assistance as the coronavirus pandemic took hold two months ago. Most asked for financial assistance, but some wanted opportunities. The two […] Read More
Posted on: May 28, 2020 | Industry News Legal News | Jennifer Newell

Racetracks in Various States Get Opening Approvals but No Fans

In March, horse racing tracks across America went silent. A few continued to race but banned spectators. By April, barely a handful of those tracks were still running races at all. The coronavirus pandemic took America – and the world – by storm, and all non-essential businesses were ordered closed to prevent COVID-19 from infecting […] Read More
Posted on: May 8, 2020 | Churchill Downs Industry News Racing and Events | Jennifer Newell
Kentucky Derby virtual

Virtual Kentucky Derby Day Set for May 2 on NBC and Online

The official Kentucky Derby, as fans around the world know it, is rescheduled for September 5, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic required the postponement of one of the biggest days in all of sports. But if the stars – and social distancing rules and antibody tests and vaccines – align, the 146th Kentucky Presented by Woodford […] Read More
Posted on: May 1, 2020 | Churchill Downs Industry News Kentucky Derby Triple Crown | Jennifer Newell

Santa Anita Hits Dozen Horse Deaths in 2020

Santa Anita Park headed into 2020 with the hopes of a much better year than the prior one. A total of 37 horses died at the racetrack in 2019 from a variety of injuries and situations. The track began to implement strict horse welfare policies in late 2019 and early 2020, making them more rigorous […] Read More
Posted on: April 29, 2020 | Industry News | Jennifer Newell

Tracks Across America Consider How and When to Reopen

The vast majority of horse racing tracks across America have been closed for more than a month. Most received their shutdown orders in the middle of March via governors of individual states who determined – along with health officials – that tracks were not essential businesses. By nature, racetracks aren’t exactly a model for social […] Read More
Posted on: April 21, 2020 | Industry News | Jennifer Newell

Safety Guidelines Issued BY National HBPA

Things are eventually going to get back to normal. What does that mean for horse racing? If we follow the template laid out by tracks that have still been operating in the midst of Covid-19, the new reality may be racing without spectators, at least for a little while.  The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection […] Read More
Posted on: April 21, 2020 | Industry News | Christopher Feery
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