Penn National, Louisiana Downs, Fonner Park Suspend Live Racing; Gulfstream Casino Closes

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course announced Monday afternoon that live Thoroughbred racing will be suspended temporarily in conjunction with the previously announced temporary closure of all gaming operations at Penn National effective 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Updates will be provided on the status of all operations at Penn National as they become available.

Louisiana Downs

In response to growing concerns and state mandates regarding COVID-19, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs announced that the remaining two days of the 2020 Quarter Horse meet have been canceled. The live racing season was supposed to conclude on Wednesday, March 18 with the running of the $283,210 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3). An announcement on the status of the championship will be forthcoming.

Casino at Gulfstream Park

With the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, the Casino at Gulfstream Park will temporarily close to the public Monday at 10:00pm and will remain closed until further notice.

Gulfstream Park will continue live racing as scheduled with only those personnel essential to racing who are licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Racing in attendance which will provide our fans at home with the opportunity to stay connected via our 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps.

All areas of the Clubhouse, including the walking ring and the apron, will be closed with perimeter fencing and security.

The Village at Gulfstream Park will remain open however, we encourage our guests to check with specific retailers’ operating hours.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will post any updates on our website at We look to welcoming all our fans and guests back again soon.

Fonner Park

Fonner Park will oblige Grand Island, Neb. Mayor Roger Steele’s request to close the Fonner Park live Thoroughbred racing season until further notice, to comply with Nebraska Governor Rickett’s request to limit sporting events to less than 250 people within the COVID-19 protocols established by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

“The very essence of Fonner Park is to be a civic pillar and agriculture benefactor for Central Nebraska. Our purpose, business and hundreds of employees and horsemen will be drastically burdened, as will the crucial local taxes linked to all the events on the Fonner Park campus,” said Chris Kotulak, Fonner Park & Heartland Events Center CEO. “Nevertheless, I understand and respect Mayor Steele’s decision.”

The public is asked to please refer to / NEWS / Recent News or please refer to the official Fonner Park social media resources: Facebook/FonnerPark and Twitter: @fonnerracing

Fonner Keno will remain open in compliance within the restaurant and business policies of Grand Island or Hall County Nebraska.

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