Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Officials have denied Hugh Neff’s application to compete in Alaska’s Iditarod sled race next year, citing concerns about his care of dogs. Yukon Quest officials also banned Neff from competing in the 2019 race after his dog Boppy died this year near the race’s halfway point . Neff has competed in 14 Iditarod races and 18 Yukon Quests. Iditarod Trail Committee in a release: “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.” Neff’s dog, Boppy, died near the halfway point of the 2018 Quest. A necropsy concluded the dog had conditions that a musher should have been able to handle. The 2019 Iditarod has its ceremonial start at 10 a.m., March 2, in Anchorage.