Hugh Neff's Iditarod application denied by race's review board, won't compete

Hugh Neff released a video in response to the Yukon Quest barring him from racing in 2019. (Courtesy Hugh Neff)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Hugh Neff will not be racing in the 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

The Iditarod told Channel 2 on Wednesday that the Qualifying Review Board, which reviews all mushers' applications, has denied Neff's entry application.

In a statement provided by the Iditarod Trail Committee, the ITC states "Musher Hugh Neff’s entry application to compete in the 2019 race has been denied by the QRB due to concerns over his lack of dog care during the 2018 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. The Iditarod Trail Committee believes that the highest level of dog care must be achieved not only in its event but throughout the year. "

Earlier this year, the Yukon Quest announced that Neff would be banned from the race for a year after it found issues with his dog care after the death of a dog in his team during last year's race.

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Neff appealed the decision, but it was upheld.

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Neff posted on Facebook early on Wednesday morning that he would not be racing in the 2019 Iditarod and neither would his wife, Olivia.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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