Copyright 2019 Kentucky Thoroughbred Association & Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & BreedersAny player in the Thoroughbred business can tell you the market for high-end bloodstock has improved dramatically over the last few years. The national real estate market has been pretty hot during the same period as well, with steady economic tailwinds also helping fan the flames for the equine property market in Central Kentucky., 13 Jun 2019 10:51:00 GMT2019-06-13T10:51:00Economy, Sport Horse Farms Spur Central KY Real EstateThe Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced June 12 strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019, introduced in the U.S. Senate earlier in the day by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, and Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican., 13 Jun 2019 10:51:00 GMT2019-06-13T10:51:00U.S. Senate Files Version of Horseracing Integrity ActThree organizations dedicated to the improvement of horse health announced June 13 a call for research proposals to investigate bisphosphonate administration in racehorses and in young racing prospects intended for sale at public auction., 13 Jun 2019 10:50:00 GMT2019-06-13T10:50:00Industry Organizations Call for Bisphosphonate ResearchThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 12 it supports passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (HR 961) that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses abroad for slaughter., 12 Jun 2019 10:52:00 GMT2019-06-12T10:52:00NTRA Supports Bill Ending Horse Transport for SlaughterThe City of Baltimore has withdrawn a lawsuit filed earlier this year against The Stronach Group (TSG), owners of Pimlico, which had asked a judge to block any attempts on the company’s part to move the GI Preakness S. to Laurel. The suit, filed in March, also requested that the court grant ownership of the track to the city through the process of condemning Pimlico., 12 Jun 2019 10:46:00 GMT2019-06-12T10:46:00Stronach Group, City of Baltimore Reach Cease Fire On Battle Over PreaknessCalifornia horse racing regulators said Wednesday they will require all horses to undergo independent reviews before they’re allowed to race at the famed Santa Anita Park, where 29 horses have died or have been put to death since Christmas. There were 26 equine deaths at the famed track in the 2017-18 season, and there are still two more weekends of racing to go this year. Santa Anita suspended racing for nearly a month in March to examine the racing surface., 12 Jun 2019 10:41:00 GMT2019-06-12T10:41:00Santa Anita Starts Independent Reviews of All Horses After Deaths Rise to 29The owners of the state’s largest race track are weighing whether to sue to block a new law about who is entitled to get televised signals for out-of-state races. Vince Francia, general manager of Turf Paradise, tells Capitol Media Services the law signed last week by Gov. Doug Ducey endangers its ability to continue to get signals from several tracks. That’s because the company that provide the signals, Monarch Content Management, has said it will withdraw from the Arizona market if it must comply with a new state law requiring it to also share those signals with all the off-track betting sites operated by Arizona Downs., 11 Jun 2019 10:07:00 GMT2019-06-11T10:07:00New horse racing law could lead to lawsuitClaiming Gary and Mary West have no legal claim and only want a court to overturn a stewards' judgment call that disqualified their horse Maximum Security from a win in the Kentucky Derby Presented Woodford Reserve (G1), the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint that was filed in federal court., 10 Jun 2019 10:52:00 GMT2019-06-10T10:52:00KHRC Asks Federal Court to Dismiss Wests' LawsuitThe Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers have released a joint statement in the wake of the request from the California Horse Racing Board that Santa Anita suspend the final seven days of the meet., 10 Jun 2019 10:49:00 GMT2019-06-10T10:49:00Stronach Group, TOC, CTT Release Joint StatementIn a relatively small sample size of 22 races run with “enhanced” purse-to-claiming price ratios greater than 2 to 1 this year, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) has experienced an above-norm scratch rate of 11%. But Scott Palmer, VMD, the equine medical director for the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC), told commissioners at Monday’s monthly meeting that the higher scratch rate for those types of races is evidence that newly enhanced veterinary scrutiny policies designed to screen out at-risk horses have “successfully mitigated” the dangers associated with running horses for purses that are more than double the value of claiming prices., 10 Jun 2019 10:47:00 GMT2019-06-10T10:47:00NY Medical Director: Higher Scratch Rate Evidence Safety Protocols WorkFasig-Tipton has cataloged 364 selected yearlings for The July Sale, to be held Tuesday, July 9, at the company's Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky., representing a slight increase over the 349 head entered last year. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. EDT., 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-06-10T00:00:00Fasig-Tipton's The July Sale Catalog OnlinePhilip Bauer was born in Louisville, KY on April 14, 1985, as the youngest of six children to Jude and Larry Bauer. He graduated from St. Margaret Mary grade school in 1999 and from St. Xavier high school in 2003. Philip fell in love with horses and horse racing at a young age being around his grandparents’ horse farm in Pee Wee Valley, KY, and racehorses at River Downs. He married his wife Ashley on October 14, 2011, in Louisville at Locust Grove. They were blessed with their first son, Philip Wyatt, on Halloween night 2013 and their second son, Lincoln Asher, on April 23, 2015. They currently live in J town, KY. Philip began training horses on his own for Richard and Tammy Rigney's Rigney Racing in August 2013. They were victorious in their first race with a horse named Cookie on September 21, 2013, at Churchill Downs. They won their first stakes race on February 22, 2014, with Our Double Play and their first Graded Stakes race on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6, 2015, with Channel Marker., 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-06-10T00:00:00Philip Bauer, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorChurchill Downs Inc. is accepting applications for a companywide equine medical director, a newly created position that will oversee the safety and care of horses at all CDI tracks. Plans to add the position were announced in April as part of CDI's sweeping plans to improve safety protocol and procedures at its tracks. Besides its flagship Churchill Downs, CDI also owns and operates Thoroughbred tracks Arlington International Racecourse, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, and Presque Isle Downs., 09 Jun 2019 10:54:00 GMT2019-06-09T10:54:00Churchill Downs Inc. Seeks Equine Medical DirectorThe California Horse Racing Board has requested that Santa Anita suspend the final seven days of its current meet, but officials of the track have said they will not do so., 09 Jun 2019 10:49:00 GMT2019-06-09T10:49:00Santa Anita Denies CHRB Request to CloseMaryland is raising its performance requirements for horses stabled or entered at Laurel and Pimlico, which officials there hope will result in a better racing product and improved equine welfare. A note appearing on overnights last month informed horsemen any horse which has not finished first through fourth in its last eight starts would no longer be allowed on racetrack grounds, and entries from such horses would no longer be accepted., 09 Jun 2019 10:42:00 GMT2019-06-09T10:42:00Maryland Seeks To Improve Quality, Safety With Stricter Performance RequirementsA blockbuster Belmont Stakes Day card June 8 at Belmont Park, highlighted by Sir Winston's victory in the 151st running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), generated all-sources handle of $102,163,280, a NYRA record for a non-Triple Crown year. The 2019 all-sources handle figure is an increase of 9.1% over 2017, the most recent year without a Triple Crown on the line, and an increase of 2.8% over the previous record for a non-Triple Crown year set in 2016., 08 Jun 2019 10:55:00 GMT2019-06-08T10:55:00NYRA Reports Record Handle for Non-Triple Crown BelmontThe Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission May 28 approved a $390,000 expenditure for a new laboratory information management system for the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center., 07 Jun 2019 10:44:00 GMT2019-06-07T10:44:00PHRC Approves Funds for Toxicology Lab UpgradeShould a federal court examine Kentucky's law that doesn't allow for an appeal of stewards' judgment calls on interference, an industry standard will be under scrutiny. Gary and Mary West—owners of Maximum Security, who was disqualified from victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) for interference in the far turn—have filed a case in a U.S. District Court appealing that decision on the grounds that it violated their constitutional rights. That appeal includes an argument noting the Kentucky rule that doesn't allow for a regulatory appeal of the stewards' decision violates their rights to due process., 04 Jun 2019 12:02:00 GMT2019-06-04T12:02:00Appeal of Stewards' Decision Puts Rule Under ScrutinyPart owner and manager of Wintergreen Farm. Worked as an assistant for trainers Mack Miller, Criquette Head, Alex Scott and Tom Proctor. Graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. Current Vice President (KTOB) and Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, Inc., 03 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-06-03T00:00:00John Greely, IV, KTOB Vice President and Board of DirectorChurchill Downs will raise purses 10.7%, effective Thursday, for the second half of its 38-day spring meet. The increase is credited to “robust business from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming,” according to a release from the track. The spring meet will run through June 29 and the remaining 183 races will see a $1.1-million increase in overnight races above the meet’s record-setting first condition book., 29 May 2019 09:42:00 GMT2019-05-29T09:42:00Churchill Downs Boosts PursesManaging partner in Ashland Park Stables Racing Partnership and Ashland Park Management, a consulting firm. Current board member of Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and current President of Fayette County Farm Bureau., 28 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-05-28T00:00:00Walter Hillenmeyer III, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorEllis Park will offer the highest purses in the track's 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record nine stakes that could be worth at least $100,000 each. Purse money and supplements for Kentucky-bred horses are projected to average $330,000 a day at the 29-date meet that runs June 30 through Labor Day. That's more than double the $155,000 average-daily purses offered only four years ago., 23 May 2019 08:58:00 GMT2019-05-23T08:58:00Ellis Park Plans to Award Record Purses in 2019A native of central Kentucky, Mark grew up working around Gainesway Farm where his father Joe was manager for forty years. In 1991 Mark graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in English. Upon graduation, Mark returned to the horse business where he worked for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally in California before spending a year in Dubai working in Sheikh Mohammed’s Dubai Racing Operation. In 1994 Mark joined his brothers full time as partner in Taylor Made Sales Agency. He is currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Taylor Made. Mark is the previous President of the Consignors and Breeders Association (CBA) and remains a member of the CBA Board of Directors. In addition to serving on the Board and as Secretary of KTA/KTOB, Mark is also a former trustee of the Breeders’ Cup., 20 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-05-20T00:00:00Mark Taylor, KTA-KTOB Secretary & Board of DirectorDermot Ryan is the manager of Ashford Stud, the American division of Coolmore Stud. A native of Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Dermot graduated from the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course before taking a position with Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Following eight years working for Coolmore in Ireland, Dermot relocated to Coolmore America in 1993. Dermot was a founding member of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association and also spent two terms on the board of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation., 13 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-05-13T00:00:00Dermot Ryan, KTA-KTOB Treasurer & Board of DirectorWalker is the fourth generation of Hancock’s to run his family’s Claiborne Farm which was established in 1910. Claiborne has been a part of his entire life as he learned to work and handle horses at the early age of eight. After attending Sayre School in Lexington, Walker went on to attend the University of Florida where he majored in Animal Sciences with a minor in Agricultural Sales and Marketing. During summer vacations from school, Walker would work at Claiborne with the yearling sales prep team. As a requirement from his major, he needed to fulfill an internship within his respective industry. Walker had the opportunity to fill that obligation in the summer of 2010 working alongside the Keeneland Sales Inspection team. Upon graduation from Florida in May of 2012, Walker went to work for trainer Al Stall, first at Saratoga, then at Keeneland. For the 2013 breeding season, Walker was the resident vet technician at Claiborne. Once the breeding season ended, he spent time shadowing his father Seth, as well as Claiborne’s farm manager Bradley Purcell, taking a larger role in the Keeneland September Sale consignment as well as day-to-day farm operations. In early 2014, Walker became the President of Claiborne Farm and Seth Hancock became Chairman of the Board., 06 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-05-06T00:00:00Walker Hancock, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorThe historical racing facility at Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Ky. helped drive Churchill Downs Inc. to a successful first quarter in 2019. Money from those machines will provide a boost to Churchill Downs' spring meet purses, most notably an increase of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) purse from $2 million to $3 million but perhaps most importantly for the state's racing, an $18 million boost to the meet's overnight purses., 26 Apr 2019 13:12:00 GMT2019-04-26T13:12:00Historical Racing Provides Churchill Downs Inc. BoostKeeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated jointly announced today that the two industry icons have each committed $100,000 in contributions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This contribution will enable the sponsorship of two Grayson-approved projects. For the initial two years, 2019 and 2020, the funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover's Grayson-funded research project, "Training Programs for Prevention of Fetlock Injury." Projects to be funded in 2021 and 2022 will be determined at a later date., 26 Apr 2019 12:13:00 GMT2019-04-26T12:13:00Kee, CD Commit $100k to Grayson-Jockey Club ResearchA coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced today a new initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021. Coalition racetracks that have signed on to this initiative include all tracks owned or operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and The Stronach Group as well as Del Mar, Keeneland, Lone Star Park and Remington Park, Los Alamitos Racecourse (Thoroughbred), Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs. Taken together these tracks represent 86% of the stakes races assigned graded or listed status in the United States in 2018. The coalition tracks will work diligently with their respective horsemen’s associations and racing commissions towards implementing this effort., 24 Apr 2019 13:54:00 GMT2019-04-24T13:54:00Major US Racing Organizations Announce Plans to Implement Prohibition of Race-Day Medication Two-Year-Old Lasix Ban to Start in 2020; Stakes Races Lasix Ban in 2021Churchill Downs Incorporated on Thursday announced significant initiatives to improve safety protocols and procedures ahead of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. These initiatives highlight the company’s strong and ongoing commitment to equine and jockey safety., 18 Apr 2019 13:49:00 GMT2019-04-18T13:49:00Churchill Downs emphasizes safety ahead of 2019 Kentucky DerbyBorn November 1, 1957, Baker grew up on Long Island working for his father George Baker who trained there for 20 years. In addition, he had the opportunity to work for Frank & David Whitely and Shug McGaughey. Shug helped him get started as a trainer in 1990. Baker has been training since then and has trained for the Kleins, George Steinbrenner, Greentree Stable, and Brereton Jones among others over the years., 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-04-16T00:00:00James Baker, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorJustify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders during today’s KTOB Awards Luncheon at Keeneland. The KTOB recognized 12 other Kentucky-breds at the luncheon, led by Broodmare of the Year Stage Magic, the dam of Justify, and awards were also bestowed upon numerous individuals for their exemplary contributions to the industry., 12 Apr 2019 13:30:00 GMT2019-04-12T13:30:00KTA/KTOB Announces KTOB Broodmare of the Year, Horse of the Year, Kentucky-Bred Champions and KTDF LeadersChurchill Downs Inc., in partnership with Keeneland Association, broke ground April 9 on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical horse racing venue near Oak Grove, Ky. The new facility will be called Oak Grove Racing & Gaming., 09 Apr 2019 12:29:00 GMT2019-04-09T12:29:00Churchill, Keeneland Break Ground on Oak Grove TrackHard Rock International is the new owner of Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky after the track was included in a three-way deal that saw a Cincinnati casino change ownership as well., 08 Apr 2019 12:36:00 GMT2019-04-08T12:36:00Hard Rock Entertainment Purchases Turfway ParkChris Baker is a 30-year industry veteran with international expertise in multiple facets of the Thoroughbred business. The 1986 University of Maryland graduate initially worked in the broodmare, stallion and racing divisions at Lane's End Farm. He then headed overseas, learning the training craft in racing jurisdictions as varied as England, Australia, and New Zealand. Repatriated to California, Chris was an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Neil Drysdale and Richard Mandella, working with such Champions as A.P. Indy, Kotashaan, and Phone Chatter, before training on his own. A return to farm management eventually brought Chris to Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where he served as General Manager for 11 years until that operation dispersed in 2011. During his tenure, Spring Hill produced more than 100 stakes winners and was twice honored as TOBA's National Breeders of the Year. Chris then served as General Manager at WinStar Farm before joining Three Chimneys in December, 2013., 08 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-04-08T00:00:00Chris Baker, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorThe US-Bred 2018 magazine is scheduled to be delivered early next week but the digital version can currently be viewed on the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association website., 05 Apr 2019 10:55:00 GMT2019-04-05T10:55:00US-Bred 2018 Magazine Now AvailableHard Rock International is buying Jack Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park. On Friday, Jack Entertainment announced that it has entered into contracts to sell Jack Casino in Downtown Cincinnati and Turfway Park in Florence to Hard Rock International and VICI Properties for $780 million, pending regulatory approval., 05 Apr 2019 10:41:00 GMT2019-04-05T10:41:00Hard Rock International buying Jack Cincinnati Casino and Turfway ParkRepublicans and Democrats now agree — there needs to be a congressional review into a rash of horse racing deaths at a California race track. Rep. Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican who co-chairs the Congressional Horse Caucus, will tour the Santa Anita track over the weekend., 04 Apr 2019 10:39:00 GMT2019-04-04T10:39:00GOP’s Andy Barr and Democrats back congressional review of Santa Anita horse deathsCollege Scholarship Day offers a free, fun day at the races for thousands of college and university students from Kentucky and beyond. Admission is free with a college ID. Full-time students can either pre-register online or register online day of to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships or a $10,000 Runhappy scholarship and prizes from local vendors awarded after each of the day’s races. Students also will enjoy music, free snacks and prize drawings in Keeneland’s College Zone in the North Terrace., 28 Mar 2019 09:29:00 GMT2019-03-28T09:29:00College Scholarship Day at Keeneland April 5, 2019Joe Seitz has been with Brookdale full time since 1997. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism and then spent four years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. After the service, Joe worked as a racetrack groom and assistant trainer for Carl Nafzger and Todd Pletcher, respectively. Joe was elected as President of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA) in 2016 and has served on The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA), and the Thoroughbred Club of America (TCA). He now acts as Director of Sales for Brookdale., 25 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-03-25T00:00:00Joseph T. Seitz, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorKentucky lawmakers approved legislation March 13 that would restore the ability of horseplayers to claim losses against any gambling winnings they claim. The legislation will go to Gov. Matt Bevin (Republican) for his consideration. Legislation approved for tax year 2018 ended the ability of Kentucky taxpayers to deduct gambling losses from reported gambling winnings, an issue first brought to light by The change negatively impacted horseplayers by significantly increasing the amount of money they would have to list as income., 14 Mar 2019 10:20:00 GMT2019-03-14T10:20:00KY Gambling Winnings Legislation to the Governor Thoroughbred Association & Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & BreedersMon, 09 Jul 2012 10:36:12 GMTen-us