Callan manages Lane’s End – Oak Tree Division and has forty-one years farm experience in Central Kentucky as an owner, breeder and manager of Thoroughbreds and other breeds. He has been a director and officer of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC), the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA), the KTOB Foundation, am a founding director and Vice President of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program, and is the current president of the Lexington Polo Association, and a member since its inception. Callan was honored by the KTFMC as Farm Manager of the Year in 2010 and is a member of the Thoroughbred Club of America, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, Inc. (KTA/KTOB). He looks forward to becoming more actively involved with the KTA/KTOB if elected to the board.
The Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearlings Sale produced results largely in line with 2018 figures Tuesday in Lexington as a broad buying bench of pinhookers and end-users purchased 202 yearlings for a total of $18,621,000. The average dipped 8.6% to $92,183 and the median remained constant at $75,000.
Reeve McGaughey, age 29, was born in New York, but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He went to The Lexington School from kindergarten through eighth grade. Attend Sayre for high school and then University of Kentucky. McGaughey worked summers for Eoin Harty from his senior year of high school through college. After he worked for Charlie LoPresti for almost five years, working with horses such as Wise Dan, Turallure, and Successful Dan. For the past four years he has been working as an assistant for Shug McGaughey.
Natanya Nieman is the Senior Resident Veterinarian at WinStar Farm and has been managing the veterinary care at WinStar since 2002. She plays an integral role in the rehab and training facility at WinStar and helped develop protocols for hyperbaric medicine, vibration plate, cold water spa and other therapeutic devices used at WinStar’s innovative rehab facility. A native Lexingtonian, she was involved with show horses and Keeneland Pony Club growing up, studied at the University of Kentucky and completed veterinary school at The Ohio State University. Natanya has a strong interest in the rehoming of Thoroughbred Racehorses for second careers and has been involved with The Retired Racehorse Project, NTWO, and the rehoming of racehorses after the hurricane in Puerto Rico along with other horses from WinStar and Bourbon Lane. She is currently eventing an off-track thoroughbred that was owned by Bourbon Lane Racing. She is married to Mike McMahon of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, who with his partner, Jamie Hill, operate the Bourbon Lane Racing Partnership and Spruce Lane Pinhook. Natanya and Mike also own and operate Spruce Lane Farm, a commercial breeding operation.
T. Wayne Sweezey, along with his wife Cathy, own and operate Timber Town Stable. Originally from Maryland, Wayne has managed farms since the early ‘80s. Prior to the inception of Timber Town, Wayne served as General Manager and ultimately as Partner of Darby Dan Farm. In the 20 years as head of operations, Darby Dan flourished. In 2009 Sweezey chose to operate independently and with Cathy founded Timber Town Stable. Today, Timber Town and staff oversee 400 acres of farmland and care for over $70 million in bloodstock, including champions Havre de Grace, Songbird, Groupie Doll and Canadian Champion Irish Mission.
Liz Crow is a bloodstock agent based in Lexington, Kentucky and is principal partner in BSW Bloodstock and co-owner of Elite Sales. Liz joined BSW Bloodstock in December of 2015 where she is responsible for all public auction representation for BSW clients and racing/stable management for client stables. In 2018, Liz had three $100,000 public auction purchases win G1’s, headlined by (G1) Kentucky Oaks and 2018 (G1) Breeders Cup Distaff winner, Monomoy Girl. In 2017, she joined partner Bradley Weisbord in establishing Elite Sales to consign selected racehorses and broodmare prospects at public sales. In addition to her sales responsibilities, Liz also manages partnership Ten Strike Racing and formed the Crow-Sharp Pinhook Ventures with Florida based consignor Paul Sharp in 2016. Prior to joining BSW, Liz was Director of Racing for Bradley Thoroughbreds for four years where she developed, managed and expanded the firm’s racing partnerships and represented many of the firm’s clients at public auction. Prior to that she gained valuable racetrack experience working for trainers Eoin Harty and Jonathan Sheppard in California and New York. She also served as the Claims Clerk for Churchill Downs and Entry Clerk for Pimlico Racecourse. Liz holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. She currently serves on the board of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association.
The defense in the GI Kentucky Derby disqualification lawsuit did not rest over the long holiday weekend. For the second time in four weeks, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), et al, filed court documents underscoring that a federal judge should dismiss the case on grounds that the ongoing litigation “still fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted” and that plaintiffs Gary and Mary West are attempting “to claim legal rights to which they are not entitled.”
Numbers don't lie. And for Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale, the numbers show that in a short period of time, the auction initiated in 2013 has proven to be a source of equine athletes that generate positive results for their new owners.
In the face of a fiercely debated Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserves (G1) outcome that resulted in the classic's first-ever disqualification and triggered national conversation for weeks, Churchill Downs delivered all-around positive results during its 145th Spring Meet that concluded June 29.
The Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint already is America's most lucrative race for sprinters on grass outside the Breeders' Cup championship races. Now its winner could earn an additional $1 million. The $700,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint winner will earn a $1 million bonus if the horse goes on to capture Keeneland's $200,000 Woodford and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
The collective performance of U.S. Thoroughbred racetracks during the second quarter of the year proved to be a mixed bag. On the positive side, purses grew more than 9% and average purses paid per race day increased more than 5% from April through June, according to figures released by Equibase. The downside is that wagering fell 3% during the same period.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the sale of Ellis Park on Tuesday to new ownership that has ambitious plans for the track. Those ideas: Installation of lights, expansion of the gaming facility to include restaurants and construction of a hotel on the property.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission did not trumpet its newfound transparency. Without so much as a press release, it posted detailed reports of six equine fatalities on its website Thursday, reports that had previously been withheld from public view. Though the timing could be interpreted as a response to a June 4 story on racing secrecy by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, KHRC executive director Marc Guilfoil insisted the disclosures had been in the works since February. He attributed the delay to government bureaucracy rather than regulators’ resistance to open records, and he has repeatedly endorsed the idea of sharing more information in a series of recent interviews.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect members of the Board of Directors.
Fasig-Tipton has announced a date and location change for its upcoming California Yearling Sale. The inaugural auction will now be held Sept. 26 at Fairplex in Pomona. It had originally been scheduled to be held at Santa Anita, which hosted the company’s inaugural California 2-year-olds in training sale in June.
Claiming 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.
Fasig-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.
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.
Churchill 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.
Should 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.
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.
Churchill 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.
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.
Ellis 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Keeneland 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.
A 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.
Churchill 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.
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.
Justify, 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.
Churchill 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.
Hard 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.
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.
The 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.
Hard 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.
Republicans 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.
College 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.