11/18/2009 1:00AM

Nebraska dates trimmed for 2010


The trimmed-down 2010 Nebraska racing season of 91 dates, down from 104 last year, has been approved by the Nebraska State Racing Commission.

Fonner Park opens the season on Feb. 19 and will offer 31 days of racing through May 8. The track reduced its schedule from 35 days in 2009 by eliminating a number of Sundays and will race Friday-Saturday weekends on February 19-20, 26-27, April 2-3, May 1-2, and May 7-8.

Lincoln Race Course, a meet formerly run as State Fair Park, has been trimmed from 37 days in 2009 to 32, starting May 14 and running through July 18. Most Thursdays were eliminated from the schedule. The Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, under the aegis of Omaha Exposition and Racing, assumes operation of the facility on Jan. 1, 2010, as the Nebraska State Fair moves to Grand Island next year.

Horsemen's Park in Omaha retained its four-day festival of racing, to be run July 22-25.

Columbus Races also maintained its schedule. It will race 23 days from July 30 through Sept. 12.

Horsemen's Atokad Downs ran a four-day meet in 2009 but is tentatively scheduled to run a single day in 2010 on a date in September that is still to be determined, according to the racing commission.