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COVID-19 Closure Updates

COVID-19 Closure Updates
Updates for the racing community regarding industry changes due to COVID-19 concerns. Per AQHA

Robicheaux Ranch, Inc. Changes Collection Days

Robicheaux Ranch, Inc. Changes Collection Days
Effective Monday, April 6, Robicheaux Ranch will go to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday stallion collection schedule instead of the normal every other day schedule our customers are accustomed to.

Larry "Ace" Peterson Passes Away

Larry "Ace" Peterson Passes Away
“As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end. There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn’t any 'more.' No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat.

Utah Horseman Blaine Hadley Passes Away

Utah Horseman Blaine Hadley Passes Away
Blaine Allan Hadley peacefully rode the trail that meets the sky on March 29, 2020, in Ogden, Utah.

Ruidoso Downs Postpones Barn Area Opening

Ruidoso Downs Postpones Barn Area Opening
With Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement Tuesday that the current orders will remain in place through April 30th, May 1st will be the earliest date that horses and horsemen will arrive at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

Retama Park Update

Retama Park Update
Today, an agreement was reached between Retama Park and Texas Horsemen’s Partnership to allow the stable area at Retama to remain open for at least 30 days.

Ruidoso Downs Barn Area Opening Delayed

Ruidoso Downs Barn Area Opening Delayed
All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership consisting of Stan Sigman, Johnny Trotter, and Chicho Flores, which operates the track and casino, have decided to postpone until further notice the arrival of horsemen and horses to the Ruidoso Downs barn area.

Retama Park To Close

Retama Park To Close
According to a text message sent to horsemen by the Texas Thoroughbred Association (Saturday), Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PNGI) notified the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, Texas Thoroughbred Association and Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Retama Park training center will be closed for training beginning Tuesday (March 31) and all people and horses must vacate the premises by April 7.

Steve May Named Minnesota Racing Commission Executive Director

Steve May Named Minnesota Racing Commission Executive Director
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has appointed Steve May of Georgetown, Kentucky, as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission.

Jud Little Passes Away

Jud Little Passes Away
A private burial was held this week for longtime Oklahoma horseman Jud Little who passed away peacefully at his home on the Jud Little Ranch near Ardmore, Oklahoma March 25 following a short illness. A celebration of life will be held later.

Grants Pass Cancels 2020 Meet

Grants Pass Cancels 2020 Meet
Grants Pass Downs in Grants Pass, Oregon, has announced today that it has cancelled its 2020 spring racing season, which was scheduled to begin May 10.

Q-Racing Blog: Big Nights

Q-Racing Blog: Big Nights
Amid the world’s turmoil, trauma and anxiety, there are a few small bright spots in the form of Remington Park and Los Alamitos, where management has worked to keep horsemen racing, offering big stakes held in front of empty grandstands.

Remington Park & Los Alamitos to Continue Racing

Remington Park & Los Alamitos to Continue Racing
Racing at Remington Park will continue as planned under current restrictions after the Oklahoma Racing Commission confirmed today with the Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur that live horse racing is a product of agriculture.

2019 Champion Cartel Jess Rockin Retires

2019 Champion Cartel Jess Rockin Retires
Trainer John Cooper announced on Tuesday afternoon that Cartel Jess Rockin will not race in the Los Alamitos Oaks and will be retired after having successful surgery to repair a leg fracture that occurred during the running of her trial to the Los Alamitos Oaks on March 7.

NOTICE: Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity-G1

NOTICE: Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity-G1
Important notice for all horsemen entered into the 2020 Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity-G1.

BH Lisas Boy Retired

BH Lisas Boy Retired
Supreme Race Horse, multiple Grade 1 winner and fan favorite BH Lisas Boy has been retired by breeder, owner and trainer Bill Hoburg, reported TRACK Magazine on March 24.

Sam Houston Race Park Press Release

Sam Houston Race Park Press Release
Sam Houston Race Park statement regarding the Thoroughbred Meet and Quarter Horse Meet in 2020

Boyd Gaming Files Temporary Restraining Order

Boyd Gaming Files Temporary Restraining Order
Boyd Gaming has responded to the Louisiana State Racing Commission's order (see related story) on Friday (March 20) for all Louisiana racetracks to allow horses to move customarily between tracks to each trainer’s allocated stalls and to continue training.

Ronald Briley Passes Away

Ronald Briley Passes Away
Long-time Louisiana based Quarter Horse trainer Ronald Briley passed away of natural causes today at his home surrounded by his family at age 82.

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