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A well illustrated summary of important points for pasture management. Awareness of appropriate pasture management is a must among horse owners and farm managers.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association today announced that there will be a record number of sponsors and partners supporting the 48th Annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group, and produced by NTRA. The Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, honoring Thoroughbred racing’s champions of 2018, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The Nebraska State Racing Commission took no action on historical gaming at its regular meeting Jan. 16, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, but will announce a decision at its next meeting in either February or March.
Plaintiffs AmTote International and Parimax Holdings, both owned by The Stronach Group, and defendants Kentucky Downs, Exacta Systems, and Magellan Gaming have reached a resolution of their existing litigation in Kentucky and Wyoming involving patents in historical racing games, according to a release from Exacta Systems.
Should Iowa lawmakers approve sports gaming this year, Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will be ready to launch in quick order. Sports book operator William Hill issued a Jan. 16 release that it had reached a partnership agreement with Prairie Meadows to provide sports book operations at the casino should sports betting become legal. The sports book operation would be subject to the approval of Iowa gaming regulatory authorities.
The governor of New York has rejected a bid by racetrack-based casinos, off-track betting corporations, and others to begin offering betting on pro and college sports contests.
Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced that tickets for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will go on sale to the public on March 4 at Noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT. The 2019 event will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, and for a record-breaking 10th time following Breeders’ Cup’s most recent appearance at the track in 2016.
Under the threat of legal action from the state, the Nebraska Racing Commission delayed a decision on whether to permit slot-like machines that allow patrons to gamble on historical horse races.
A Department of Justice change in how it views the Wire Act is not expected to impact pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing. In a DOJ Office of Legal Counsel opinion issued late Jan. 14, the DOJ said it replaced a 2011 opinion that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting and now sees it as applicable to any form of gambling that crosses state lines, including online gambling and online lotteries. The new opinion is similar to the DOJ's position until 2011.
Illinois Horsemen are appealing for industry-wide support of an effort to recover millions of dollars in purse money lost annually because of apparently unenforceable provisions of state law.
A Kentucky state senator whose professional background includes media and event management positions within the Thoroughbred industry has filed a bill that would redistribute how a portion of the state’s excise tax on horse racing wagers gets used to fund equine education programs at Kentucky’s colleges.
Racecourses are pressing for action against drones being flown over British tracks which they claim are being used to stream pictures to give punters an unfair advantage. Track officials say the super-fast images provided by drones are being bought by gamblers who bet during the race.
When the 115th United States Congress ended Jan. 3, the federal bill that would have established an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program for the sport expired along with the legislative session.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino awaits regulatory approval on Churchill Downs takeover, launch of legal sports betting The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is set to consider the sale of Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie to Churchill Downs at its first meeting of this year. If the transaction receives the necessary regulatory approval, it could officially close as early as Friday morning, local news outlet Go Erie reports.
Braxton has been involved in the Racing Game her whole life. Her grandparents, Harry and Jane Lunger, owned the successful Christiana Stables, which she and her mother continue to operate today. She worked her summers for Walnut Green Sales Consignment, which was owned by her father and uncle. After graduating from Trinity College (CT), Braxton moved to Kentucky to work for Three Chimneys Farm, where she held the position of Director of Sales until 2007. Braxton now owns and operates Royal Oak Farm in Paris, Kentucky with her husband, Damian. They have quickly gotten off the ground as a successful operation by raising or selling such Graded Stakes Winners as Union Rags, Pure Fun, Boys at Tosconova, Nereid and Ready to Please.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 429 entries to date for its Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 5, in Lexington, Kentucky. Sessions will begin daily at 10 a.m.
The vice chairman of Arizona's Racing Commission walked out on a meeting Thursday to block renewal of a license for the state's largest horse track, saying he is upset about safety issues. Commissioner Rory Goree said he toured the Turf Paradise grounds in Phoenix last week, after a fire burned through two tack rooms, and found glaring safety problems. Goree said some fire extinguishers were missing or outdated and smoke detectors were not functional. He said Turf Paradise has a history of safety issues and there's a lack of accountability in resolving them. "If we're not as a collective group giving a s--t about security," Goree asked, "how are we giving a s--t about racing? …We have people's lives — and horses' lives — at risk."
A six-week course covering all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry will be presented at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, beginning Jan. 15. The course, from 5:30-7 p.m. EST every Tuesday through Feb. 19, is sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. The course costs $25. It will be taught by Andreas Branchini, who has worked in the horse industry in five countries for 34 years.
The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million.
The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale–which surged passed its total 2018 gross after its third session Wednesday–concluded Thursday with its highest gross since 2008 and with a record-setting average and record-equaling median.
Questioning a number of actions by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in awarding a Standardbred license in the Oak Grove, Ky. area to a partnership of Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland, Kentucky Downs has appealed the regulator's decision to the Franklin (Ky.) Circuit Court of Appeals.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers And Broadcasters and Daily Racing Form announced today that finalists for the 2018 Eclipse Awards will be revealed live on Saturday, January 5 at 11:05 a.m. ET from Gulfstream Park on http://gulfstreampark.com , all racetrack outlets carrying the Gulfstream Park simulcast feed, and on XBTV.com.
Charlie LoPresti and his wife own 200-acre Forest Lane Farm in Lexington on the eastern fringe of Fayette County. Charlie handles the racing string at Keeneland Race Course, where he has been based year round for more than a decade. With a goal of learning all phases of handling Thoroughbreds, LoPresti obtained a job at Domino Stud in Lexington in 1978 where he worked under renowned horseman Ted Carr. LoPresti then worked for about six years as assistant manager under Carr at Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm in Lexington. Lopresti left to start developing Forest Lane, during which time he also served as trainer for Calumet Farm for whom he won four stakes races during tenure of about six years. He became the first trainer to win back-to-back editions of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-G1) with Turallure in 2011 and Wise Dan in 2012. Wise Dan went on to win the Breeders Cup Mile, breaking a 15 year old track record. He capped off the year earning three Eclipse Awards for Older Male, Turf Male and Horse of the Year, the only horse to acheive that mark since John Henry. Through Sept. 2012, LoPresti has won more than 180 races that have earned more than $8 million.
In a decision that backs the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's power to define equine medication thresholds and supports the regulator's absolute insurer rule, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a circuit court ruling and said the KHRC should reinstate penalties against trainer Graham Motion and owner George Strawbridge Jr.
On January 8th, the legislative session will commence in Frankfort, and shall last for thirty staggered days until March. The largest issue facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the accumulated debt of over $40 billion in multiple public employee retirement plans. Much has been written about how Kentucky arrived at this fiscal juncture and consequently there has been consideration and review during the interim by a bi-partisan Task Force on Tax Expenditures, found here of the $5.8 billion in tax expenditures, or exemptions, deductions or credits granted to individuals, select groups or specific activities.
With NFL fans accustomed to hearing a brief explanation from officials if replay reverses a call on the field, Turfway Park and the stewards at the Northern Kentucky track are going to try a similar approach.
McLean is a co-owner and the business manager of Crestwood Farm. An owner/breeder with over 25 years of industry experience. Current Director and President of KTA-KTOB. Also, currently serves on the board of the Keeneland Association, Thoroughbred Charities of America; and as a trustee of Sayre School. Past board member of Commerce Lexington. Co-breeder of Champion filly XTRA HEAT. A graduate of Transylvania University, McLean resides at Crestwood Farm with his wife Lisa and their three children.
A native of Lexington, Price grew up working for his family's Mill Ridge Farm; knowing it was a great privilege to weed-eat, hay, or anything else that needed to be done. Following college, Price moved to Charlotte, NC to work in commercial real estate and development. This early career took him to Nashville, TN where he became very involved in Nashville's blossoming downtown community revitalization. Always promoting and passionate about Thoroughbreds and Central Kentucky, Price jumped at the opportunity to return to Lexington and work with his father, Headley, at Nicoma Bloodstock - the consulting arm of Mill Ridge Farm. With conviction for the sport and believing in the great opportunity to develop our fan base, Price became actively involved with the KTA's Vision 2020 group and ultimately honored to join the board of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Inc./Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. Price serves as a board member of Horse Country, TOBA, The National Racing Museum, Fayette Alliance and the NoLI community development corporation.
Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington, Ky., track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, it was announced today.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission set penalty classifications this week for three new substances after a post-race drug test this fall resulted in a finding for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a constituent of cannabis and industrial hemp plants and the active ingredient in CBD oil. The commission voted unanimously to classify the substance as a Class B drug. Horsemen with a Class B finding are subject to suspension of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $1,000 for first offense.
Keeneland today announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open Thursday, April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be held April 4-26, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), both nationally prominent classic preps set for opening Saturday, April 6.
According to presentations by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff and representatives of Churchill Downs Inc. at the regulator's Dec. 11 meeting at the Kentucky Horse Park, historical racing games that have not been in line with state regulations at Churchill Downs' Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Ky., will gradually be updated with expected full compliance sometime in February.
After no significant move forward on a $25 million plan to renovate the grandstand and install historical racing machines, Turfway Park unveiled a less daring plan Dec. 11 that would aim to have 350 machines up and running by June.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has been imposing fines of $1,000 a day on Churchill Downs for violating regulations for its "instant racing" machines at the company's new Derby City facility in Louisville.
Licensed 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.
Paul 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."
A 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.
Ben 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.
Hutton 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.