Nov. 17, 2000: Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited announced the addition of an interactive stallion nomination system to the company's Website.
Two 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.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' 2018 Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award doesn't just honor the late founder of Oldham County's Hermitage Farm. This year the prestigious award also recognizes Jones' long-time chief lieutenant: Bill Landes, who has worked for Hermitage for 41 years, including almost a quarter-century as general manager.
The Illinois Racing Board, despite vocal concerns by horsemen's groups, has advanced rules that would clear the way for historical horse racing terminals at the state's three remaining tracks.
Franklin’s Kentucky Downs racetrack, which has experienced explosive growth both in its Historic Horse Racing machines and its live turf racing held each September, is being purchased by a group that includes Ron Winchell of Lexington’s Winchell Thoroughbreds, owner of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner.
Penn National Gaming announced they will begin two live money sports betting test days at Hollywood Casino. The purpose of the test days is to ensure Hollywood Casino's staff and the equipment that is needed to operate sports wagering is in compliance with requirements.
Some 17 days after deferring a decision, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a special meeting Nov. 16 in which it will again consider awarding a license for a new Standardbred track—along with a lucrative opportunity to offer historical racing in the Nashville, Tenn., market.
Videos of all panels and presentations from the fifth Thoroughbred Owner Conference, including the keynote address by Jon Miller, the president of programming for NBC Sports, are now available at ownerview.com/conference-videos.
There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the former Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing.
Racinos, like the horses that run there, are ambitious entities. These combination racetrack-casinos promise jobs and economic investment to the cities where they are located, and bring in millions of dollars in revenue for racino owners and in taxes for the state.
Philip 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.
The European yearling market is positively booming. That’s the inescapable conclusion when we examine the returns this year and compare them to the results going back as far as 2010. And it’s not just the top of the market that is carrying the whole show, either. At every level from the elite end to the very bottom, there has been extraordinary growth. It is the kind of growth that would be the envy of almost any other industry.
Part 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.
After 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.
Managing 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.
The 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.
Following 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.
A 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.
A 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.
Two 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.
State 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.
TOBA 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.
An 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.
The 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.
Dermot 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.
West Nile Update from Office of Kentucky State Veterinarian - 10/2/18
Just 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.
Churchill 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.
Walker 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.
During 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).
Kentucky 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.
Keeneland’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.
Born 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.
Four 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.
Every 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.”
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.
The 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.
A 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.
Chris 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.
Fueled 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.