Hugh Neff had his 2019 Iditarod entry denied

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Hugh Neff is back in the news, as the 2016 Yukon Quest champion has heard the verdict on his entry for the 2019 Iditarod.
The Iditarod Qualifying Review Board has announced that they have denied Hugh Neff's entry into the 2019 Iditarod Race.
The QRB says their decision stems from the Yukon Quest banning Neff from their 1,000 mile race due to the death of his dog Boppie, who suffered from a worm infestation, as well as muscle and weight loss.
The ITC stated, "Musher Hugh Neff's entry application to compete in the 2019 race has been denied by the Q-R-B 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."
Neff posted on Facebook today that neither he nor his wife, Olivia, will not be racing in the 2019 Iditarod and that Olivia is focusing on racing in the 2019 Yukon Quest.
We were able to contact Hugh Neff through social media and he states that he is going to take this time to focus on family and his dogs.