Live horse racing coming back, briefly

By: Bill Schammert

It’s been 20 months since the city of Lincoln last saw a live horse racing event. This week, that will all change.

“The number one question people ask is when are we getting live racing back,” Lincoln Race Course General Manager, Christy Harris, said. 

That question now has an answer: Thursday, September 4th.

The new Lincoln Race Course near Highway 77 and Denton Road will host a three-horse race to keep up with requirements that the course must host at least one live race per year. If it doesn’t, it would no longer be allowed to simulcast other races.

“Hopefully we can look to the future and get live racing again here in Lincoln,” Harris said. “This is just another step toward that goal.”
The gates are on their way from Columbus, the rails just arrived last week from England and the finish line is set. The one day, one race, one furlong event will start at 1:00 p.m. and include three Nebraska-bred horses.

“We wanted to make sure we get this one race under our belts, have all the amenities that are supposed to be here,” Harris said. “We’ll look at it, see how this goes, maybe it’ll be two, three races next year.”

One thing that would help, Harris says, is the passage of proposed amendment one. It would allow betting on slot-style machines on both live and replay races.

“It would definitely benefit horse racing here in Nebraska,” she said.