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Missoula Races Canceled

February 1, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

Missoula County Fair Board commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to cancel Missoula's 2007 horse racing season, citing problems finding adequate accident insurance for jockeys. The season was to coincide with the Western Montana Fair, scheduled for August 7-12.

According to the press release issued by Toni Hinton, Coordinator of Horse Racing/Facility Rentals at the Western Montana Fair & Races, the Fair received only one bid for covering the jockeys over the six-day meet.

The policy would cost approximately $4,500 per day and provide $50K for medical expenses per accident. That premium would double last year's cost, and the coverage drops from $500K per accident.

Missoula County's own risk manager, Hal Luttschwager, advised the Fair commission that $50,000 was not nearly enough medical coverage, recommending $1 million. But, according to Scot Meader, Fair Manager, no company was willing to cover that kind of liability.