Fonner Park received some good news April 23 when the Nebraska Department of Agriculture lifted the racing restriction put in place for a second barn at the Grand Island track.
Racing will continue at Fonner Park this week as the Grand Island, Neb. track adjusts to a quarantine put in place after three horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpesvirus.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports that three horses at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., including one who died, have tested positive for Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM).
Thoroughbred owner Donald Leifeld, who won back-to-back editions of Fonner Park's biggest stakes, died Jan. 16 in St. Paul, Neb. He was 61.
Charges were dropped against a Nebraska veterinarian accused of injected horses with vodka after three witnesses in the case couldn't be located to testify.
A Nebraska veterinarian has been accused of injecting racehorses with vodka. It is believed to be the first prosecution for administering alcohol to racehorses in the United States.
Jockey Robert Dean Williams won his 4,000th race Friday when he drove Sweet Evil Hariet to victory in the ninth race at Fonner Park in Nebraska.
Citing frigid temperatures, management at Sportsman's Park cancelled live racing Monday. Racing at the Illinois track is scheduled to resume Tuesday.
His place in Nebraska racing history assured, 11-year-old Leaping Plum failed Saturday in his bid to win Fonner Park's $15,975 Grasmick Handicap for an eighth consecutive renewal.
Should Leaping Frog win the four-furlong Grasmick Stakes at Fonner Park on Saturday, it will mark the eighth consecutive year he has won the race.
The Nebraska State Racing Commission has served hearing notices to seven trainers of horses whose post-race samples tested positive for clonidine, a drug used in humans to treat high blood pressure. The commission released the names of the trainers Thursday as a matter of public record.
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