Copyright 2018 Kentucky Thoroughbred Association & Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & BreedersDec. 13, 1986: Jockey Kent Desormeaux had his first career stakes win, aboard Godbey, in the Maryland City Handicap at Laurel., 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-12-13T00:00:00December 13Licensed trainer for 30 years. Stabled year-round at Keeneland and currently on the Kentucky, Chicago, and New Orleans circuit. Current Director of Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. Owner and operator of Sunnyside Farm in Paris, KY., 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-12-10T00:00:00Jeffrey Thornbury, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorPaul was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1962 and resides there with wife Angie, who manages payroll for McGee's public stable. They have four children - Matthew, Margaret, Alex and Eddie. Paul grew up in the Derby City where he and his three siblings – all first-generation horsemen – developed their interest in racing through their proximity to Churchill Downs. Brother Marty is a columnist for the Daily Racing Form; younger sister Amy is married to and keeps the books for Southern California-based trainer Ron Ellis whose stable includes Declan's Moon, 2004's 2-year-old champion; and older sister Susan has previously worked in group sales for Hollywood Park. Paul got his start in racing at age 15 by walking hots for conditioner Jerry Calvin and later galloped horses for trainers Angel Montano Sr. and Carl Bowman. After attending Louisville’s St. Xavier High School, he graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in chemistry. “My Dad sells water treatment chemicals,” McGee said. “It was kind of a fall-back. If it didn't work out at the racetrack, I would go to work for him. He never objected to me coming to the racetrack. He’s 100 percent behind me.", 03 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-12-03T00:00:00Paul McGee, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorA long-running dispute over the legality of slot-like “instant racing” machines found at Kentucky racetracks may soon wind its way back to the state Supreme Court., 29 Nov 2018 11:30:00 GMT2018-11-29T11:30:00Family Foundation appeals ruling on slot-like machines at horse tracksBen Haggin has been involved with Woodford Racing since 2005. Ben is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Woodberry Forest School. Ben has worked in nearly every facet of the Thoroughbred industry. He has worked for Mill Ridge Farm, Hall of Fame Trainer Ron McAnally and Equibase Company. Ben was an original employee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Ben presently serves on the Board of the Keeneland Association, the Saratoga Reading Rooms and has served on the Board of the Race for Education and the Thoroughbred Club of America. Ben is active on the Boards of Sayre School and the High Street YMCA in Lexington, Kentucky. Ben is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lee Haggin III. Mr. Haggin is a member of the Jockey Club and is a Trustee of the Keeneland Association. Ben’s great-grandfather, Hal Price Headley, was a founder of the Keeneland Association., 26 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-11-26T00:00:00Ben Haggin, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorHutton Goodman is a native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Virginia who now lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Alexandra Goodman. He has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for his entire life and has experience in many different aspects of the industry. Hutton worked on the race track for trainer Michael Stidham until he decided to return home to work for his family’s Mt. Brilliant Farm in Lexington. Mt. Brilliant Farm is a broodmare operation based north of Lexington that has 30 broodmares and 17 horses in training on three continents. At Mt. Brilliant Hutton has been involved in the farms breeding, sales and racing operation in the USA, UK, Ireland, Argentina and Australia. He currently serves as racing manager at Mt. Brilliant Farm. In addition to his equine interests Hutton serves as chairman of the board of the Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation a charitable foundation and supporter of The Fayette Alliance., 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-11-19T00:00:00Hutton Goodman, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorTwo of horse racing's most formidable companies now have the authorization needed to build a $150 million racetrack facility near the Kentucky and Tennessee border. The companies' proposal to build a racetrack, hotel and gaming facility in Oak Grove, Ky., was approved on a voice vote by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday afternoon. It beat out similar proposals by Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Kentucky Downs, all of which were bidding for one harness track-racing license for the southwest Kentucky town near Fort Campbell., 16 Nov 2018 15:11:00 GMT2018-11-16T15:11:00Kentucky Horse Racing Commission picks winner for new $150M racetrackPhilip 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., 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-11-12T00:00:00Philip Bauer, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorPart 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., 05 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-11-05T00:00:00John Greely, IV, KTOB Vice President and Board of DirectorAfter hearing Oct. 30 from three potential track owners interested in launching a Kentucky Standardbred track near the border with Tennessee—the big motivation being the chance to offer historical horse racing gaming in the Nashville market—the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission deferred a decision on awarding the license., 31 Oct 2018 14:31:00 GMT2018-10-31T14:31:00Kentucky Regulator Defers Vote on New Harness TrackManaging 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., 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-10-29T00:00:00Walter Hillenmeyer III, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorThe debut of Keeneland’s innovative Owner’s Experience Tour during the 2018 Fall Meet was an overwhelming success. All 16 sessions of the 90-minute experience with a 10-person limit were sold out. Guests came from 20 states and Australia., 27 Oct 2018 14:23:00 GMT2018-10-27T14:23:00Owner's Experience Is A Winner For Keeneland Tour GuestsFollowing a seven-year hiatus, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will return to Churchill Downs in earnest on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 – the highlight of an action-packed Fall Meet at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby that begins Sunday, Oct. 28., 26 Oct 2018 13:00:00 GMT2018-10-26T13:00:00Churchill Prepares To Open 21-Day Meet With Excess Of $41 Million In PursesA Kentucky circuit court has determined that the wagering offered by Exacta Systems historical racing machines is pari-mutuel and doesn't violate the state's gambling laws., 25 Oct 2018 08:27:00 GMT2018-10-25T08:27:00KY Court Ruling Big Win for Historical RacingA 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., 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-10-22T00:00:00Mark Taylor, KTA-KTOB Secretary & Board of DirectorTwo more Kentucky horses have been diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV), E.S. Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, said in an Oct. 17 statement. There are now 11 confirmed cases of WNV in Kentucky horses this year., 18 Oct 2018 14:35:00 GMT2018-10-18T14:35:00WNV in Kentucky Horses: Two More Cases ConfirmedState veterinary personnel in Kentucky have enacted additional measures to attempt to identify horses who are at greater risk for racing injuries since a spate of breakdowns in mid-September at Churchill Downs, but have yet to identify any common factors that may have contributed to the fatalities, according to the state’s head equine veterinarian and its equine medical director., 16 Oct 2018 12:09:00 GMT2018-10-16T12:09:00Kentucky takes action to stem breakdownsTOBA would like to invite you to the International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation Veterinary Meeting on October 31, 2018. The ITBF Veterinary Meeting will embrace a range of presentations by internationally distinguished speakers on subjects of topical importance to veterinarians and members of the international Thoroughbred breeding industry at large. The program will comprise sessions on infectious disease updates from participating countries, biosecurity, genomics, and veterinary medicine and the Thoroughbred industry in the USA., 15 Oct 2018 12:25:00 GMT2018-10-15T12:25:00International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation - Veterinary Meeting InvitationAn Oct. 8 visit to Turfway Park revealed giant tents set up in the parking lot for a sale on Adidas shoes and athletic wear, but there was no visible sign of any progress on facility renovations outlined in February by track management., 09 Oct 2018 10:09:00 GMT2018-10-09T10:09:00Turfway's Lack of Progress Concerns Industry LeadersThe race dates committee for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will consider bids from three current track owners to take over the Standardbred racing license abandoned by Thunder Ridge and launch a new harness track in the Oak Grove area., 09 Oct 2018 08:32:00 GMT2018-10-09T08:32:00KY Regulator Considers Three Harness Track ApplicationsDermot 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., 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-10-08T00:00:00Dermot Ryan, KTA-KTOB Treasurer & Board of DirectorWest Nile Update from Office of Kentucky State Veterinarian - 10/2/18, 04 Oct 2018 09:56:00 GMT2018-10-04T09:56:00West Nile Update from Office of Kentucky State Veterinarian - 10/2/18Just days before the start of the fall meet at Keeneland, and less than a month until the second-annual Equestricon convention and festival, the two organizations announced today details of an exciting new collaboration. Fans can expect to see a larger presence from the BETologist program — which educates patrons on all aspects of handicapping and wagering — at both Keeneland this fall and at Equestricon. Keeneland has been named as the Official Fan Development Partner of Equestricon., 03 Oct 2018 08:28:00 GMT2018-10-03T08:28:00Keeneland And Equestricon Form Expanded Partnership Around Fan Development And WageringChurchill Downs Racetrack will host a Derby-sized job fair on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to hire positions for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup World Championships and Fall Meet., 03 Oct 2018 08:13:00 GMT2018-10-03T08:13:00Churchill Downs, vendors hosting job fair for upcoming Breeders’ Cup, Fall MeetWalker 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., 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-10-01T00:00:00Walker Hancock, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorDuring the past 24 hour period we have confirmed a diagnosis of West Nile virus affecting a 7th horse here in KY. The attached document contains both a 2018 Y-T-D summary as well as a brief summary of our historical cases (2001-2017)., 28 Sep 2018 10:09:00 GMT2018-09-28T10:09:00West Nile Update from the Office of Kentucky State Veterinarian - 9/27/2018Kentucky may soon alter its language surrounding the absolute insurer rule for trainers accused of rule violations, per a series of rule changes approved in a special meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Tuesday., 27 Sep 2018 08:06:00 GMT2018-09-27T08:06:00Kentucky Approves Changes Allowing Trainers To Push Back On Absolute Insurer RuleKeeneland’s September Yearling Sale concluded Sunday with commerce described as “electric” at every level of the market during the 13-day auction, held Sept. 10-23. The bellwether sale produced gross receipts of $377,130,400, which was the fourth highest in September Sale history and approached the record heights of the mid-2000s. Average price bested last year’s record. Twenty-seven horses sold for $1 million or more, including three for $2 million-plus, to be the most since 2007. The $2.4 million given by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for a colt by leading sire War Front is the highest price paid for a yearling in the world so far this year., 25 Sep 2018 10:18:00 GMT2018-09-25T10:18:00Vintage Crop Of Yearlings, Dynamic Market Drive Surging Results As Keeneland September Sale ClosesBorn 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., 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-09-24T00:00:00James Baker, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorFour more Kentucky horses have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), E.S. Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, said in a statement Sept. 20. There are now six confirmed cases of WNV in Kentucky horses this year., 21 Sep 2018 13:37:00 GMT2018-09-21T13:37:00WNV in Kentucky Horses: Four More Cases ConfirmedEvery so often, we will be addressing a few things: comments, decisions, people, whatever that – for one reason or another – should be tossed into the literary “muck pit.”, 21 Sep 2018 10:00:00 GMT2018-09-21T10:00:00Cleaning Out the Ole’ Muck Pit: “Horseshoes Up”Track owner Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced plans for a $5 million capital investment that will expand the Starting Gate Suites through the construction of a new 20,000-square-foot rooftop garden which will deliver a unique hospitality experience with exclusive sightlines and access for more than 500 ticketed guests., 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-09-21T00:00:00Churchill Downs to Add a Rooftop GardenThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday posted a notice on its website stating that it was accepting applications for “new and renewal association licenses” in the state, at a time when some gambling interests are eyeing the two available racetrack licenses allowed under law., 20 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT2018-09-20T13:31:00Kentucky commission posts notice on racetrack licensesA colt by Union Rags brought $250,000 to headline another vibrant day of selling during Thursday’s 10th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 272 yearlings today for $9,019,400, up 37.55 percent from gross sales of $6,557,100 for 255 horses posted in 2017. The average of $33,160 increased 28.96 percent from $25,714 last year, while the median of rose 46.67 percent from $15,000 to $22,000., 20 Sep 2018 08:25:00 GMT2018-09-20T08:25:00Vibrant Market Yields Positive Results Thursday At Keeneland September SaleChris 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., 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-09-17T00:00:00Chris Baker, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorFueled by six more seven-figure transactions, Keeneland closed out its blockbuster four-day September Yearling Sale Book 1 with another strong Sept. 13 session topped by a son of Medaglia d'Oro sold for $2.1 million., 14 Sep 2018 14:12:00 GMT2018-09-14T14:12:00Strong Session Closes Out Book 1 of Keeneland SaleChurchill Downs Inc. celebrated the Sept. 14 grand opening of Derby City Gaming, a $65 million state-of-the-art historical racing machine facility located in Louisville, Ky., 14 Sep 2018 14:11:00 GMT2018-09-14T14:11:00CDI's Historical Gaming Venue Derby City Gaming OpensKeeneland officials announced today that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held Tuesday, April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held Monday, April 8. “Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 September Yearling Sale graduates participating,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said., 14 Sep 2018 11:13:00 GMT2018-09-14T11:13:00Keeneland 2019 April Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale Set For April 9Kentucky Downs smashed its handle record for the sixth straight year, with a total of $36,421,722 wagered on the five-date meet. All-sources betting of $7,021,553 on Thursday was a record for the closing card., 14 Sep 2018 10:34:00 GMT2018-09-14T10:34:00Kentucky Downs Sets New Marks For Wagering, Purses, Field SizeThe main Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will begin Sept. 15 at the home of the Louisville classic, as Churchill Downs stages the 37th running of the $150,000 Iroquois (G3) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on opening weekend of its 11-day September meet Sept. 15., 12 Sep 2018 11:09:00 GMT2018-09-12T11:09:00No Changes to Main Road to the Kentucky Derby Series Thoroughbred Association & Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & BreedersMon, 09 Jul 2012 10:36:12 GMTen-us