Copyright 2019 Kentucky Thoroughbred Association & Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & BreedersKentucky 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 BloodHorse.com. The change negatively impacted horseplayers by significantly increasing the amount of money they would have to list as income.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/232541/ky-gambling-winnings-legislation-to-the-governorThu, 14 Mar 2019 10:20:00 GMT2019-03-14T10:20:00KY Gambling Winnings Legislation to the GovernorRon Winchell and Marc Falcone officially are the new owners and managing partners in Kentucky Downs, finalizing the purchase of the racetrack and year-round entertainment center from the investment group that purchased the facility in 2007. Winchell and Falcone bought Kentucky Downs' assets through their new company, Kentucky Racing Acquisition LLC. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.https://kentuckydowns.com/racing/news/kentucky-downs-sale-to-winchell-falcone-completedTue, 12 Mar 2019 10:08:00 GMT2019-03-12T10:08:00Kentucky Downs Sale to Winchell, Falcone CompletedAnne Archer is part of the next generation of Hinkle horsepeople proving the future is bright for Hinkle Farms. Attending New York University and completing her education at Centre College, Anne Archer earned a bachelor's degree with a double major in History and Spanish. She specializes in bloodstock research, acquisition, stallion matings, and sales coordination. She loves nothing more than spending time with the many beautiful thoroughbreds on the farm.http://www.kentuckybred.org/anne-archer-hinkle-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-03-11T00:00:00Anne Archer Hinkle, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorA native of Kilkenny, Ireland, Pat came to Kentucky in 1984 to pursue his love of horses. Starting at Ashleigh Stud, he moved to the new Rood and Riddle, where he received agreat foundation training for 18 months. This led to the job of developing and managing Crescent Hill Farm for 10 years for the Slitz family, from where it was then time to branch out on his own. He started Drumkenny Farm in 1996, which was a 200 acre full service boarding operation. It was during this time that he became a member of various pinhooking partnerships, which not only led to introducing many friends to life as thoroughbred owners, but further revealed his love of the sales business. In 2001, Pat was a founding member of Paramount Sales, and he quickly realized that it would be impossible to fully commit to both jobs, so he decided to step away from the farm and concentrate on bloodstock sales. Since its inception, Paramount has been a top 10 leading consignor. Missing country life, Pat moved to 30 acres in 2013, where he breeds a small band of mares, and pinhooks weanlings with several partners. He and his wife, Lynne, have a daughter, Ali, who is an Athletic Trainer at Florida Atlantic University, and a son, David, who is a senior in high school. Pat loves this industry, and still believes that Kentucky is the center of the thoroughbred world. He is excited to be a part of the KTA, and hopes to be able to help promote Kentucky breeders and horses worldwide.http://www.kentuckybred.org/patrick-costello-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-03-04T00:00:00Patrick Costello, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorA change in state tax law in Kentucky for 2018 that removed the ability to deduct gambling losses from any gambling winnings income moved a step toward being changed back to the previous standard March 1. A clean-up bill that Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee chairman Christian McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) said aims to address unintended consequences of the state's tax law changes approved for the 2018 tax year reinstated the ability of filers with gambling winnings to claim gambling losses up to the amount of those winnings.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/232310/ky-lawmakers-address-tax-law-changes-on-gambling-incomeFri, 01 Mar 2019 13:58:00 GMT2019-03-01T13:58:00KY Lawmakers Address Tax Law Changes on Gambling IncomeTrack-record high first condition book purses that represent a whopping 46% increase over last year will greet horsemen when the Churchill Downs spring meet opens Apr. 27. The wave of the future has been bolstered by a blast from the past, as a top Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) official explained on Thursday that the purse windfall has been created by a better-than-expected surge in wagering on historical horse race betting machines at the corporation’s nearby Derby City Gaming venue that opened last September.https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/churchill-to-offer-record-high-purses-at-spring-meet/Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:52:00 GMT2019-02-28T08:52:00Churchill To Offer Record High Purses at Spring MeetThe Kentucky Senate majority leader said Tuesday he expects lawmakers will correct an "unintended consequence" of last year's tax bill that led to the state taxing gross gambling winnings. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican, said he just learned over the weekend that part of last year's bill changed tax law so that Kentucky would no longer allow gambling losses to be deducted from gambling winnings reported as taxable income.https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2019/02/26/kentucky-moves-fix-horse-racing-gambling-winnings-tax-law/2988904002/Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:57:00 GMT2019-02-26T08:57:00'Unintended' tax on gross gambling winnings will be fixed, Thayer saysDarren Fox is a native of Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Darren graduated of the University of Limerick with a Degree in Equine Science and a Masters in Entrepreneurship. Early hands on experience was gained at Ballyhane Stud and Rathbarry Stud in Ireland and Knockgriffin Farm in the US. Darren worked for GE Capital and Tote Ireland prior to graduating from the Darley Flying Start in 2009. Since then Darren has focused on the area of stallion seasons. He is currently the Sales Manager at Darley, where he manages top stallions such as Medaglia d’Oro, Bernardini and newcomers such as Nyquist and Frosted. He also spent two years as the Stallion Seasons Director at WinStar Farm, prior to his current role at Darley.http://www.kentuckybred.org/darren-fox-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-02-25T00:00:00Darren Fox, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today announced payment of more than $14.2 million in breeder awards from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund. Kentucky-bred horses won over 4,000 races across the globe in 2018, which made breeders eligible for these incentive payments. KTBIF horses won in 33 states and four countries - including the Kentucky Derby.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/232153/kentucky-breeder-awards-for-2018-surpass-14-millionFri, 22 Feb 2019 14:01:00 GMT2019-02-22T14:01:00Kentucky Breeder Awards for 2018 Surpass $14 MillionThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. It was announced in mid-November that Kentucky Racing Acquisition, LLC, a new company co-founded by Winchell and Falcone, had agreed to purchase all the assets of Kentucky Downs from parent company Kentucky Downs Partners, LLC, the investment group that has owned the racetrack since 2007.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/racing-commission-approves-new-ky-downs-owners/Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:14:00 GMT2019-02-22T08:14:00Racing Commission Approves New Ky Downs OwnersThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved $147,000 from the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council fund for a two-year study that aims to develop an affordable test to detect horses that have been given small levels—microdoses—of erythropoietin.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/232187/khrc-approves-study-to-develop-epo-micro-dosing-testFri, 22 Feb 2019 07:18:00 GMT2019-02-22T07:18:00KHRC Approves Study to Develop EPO Micro-Dosing TestOn the heels of an equine influenza outbreak that shut down racing in Great Britain for eight days earlier this month, a handful of show horses have come down with the same virus in Ohio and Indiana. Because the infected horses in the U.K. had raced at two different tracks and had come in contact with several horses that were stabled throughout the country, British racing officials felt it necessary to shut down racing until the situation was under control.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/kentucky-vets-dont-believe-latest-ei-outbreak-will-impact-racing/Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:17:00 GMT2019-02-18T08:17:00Kentucky Vets Don’t Believe Latest EI Outbreak Will Impact RacingLike many, he was lured into the horse business by his father Howard Litt, an avid owner, breeder and race fan of over fifty years. Litt received his B.A. from UC Berkeley in Human Biodynamics and my M.S. from Wake Forest University in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation before embarking on his career in the horse business. He moved to Kentucky in 2000 and worked at Taylor Made farm for a year, working with mares, yearling, foals at major auctions. Litt worked the next two years with the veterinary practice of Dr. Cheney, Dr. Northrop and Dr. Landry in Kentucky, New York and Florida and was around the top trainers and horses in the east coast. He then spent seven years with Three Chimneys farm performing all duties of a bloodstock agent as well as, stallion syndication, portfolio management and client recruitment.http://www.kentuckybred.org/jason-litt-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-02-18T00:00:00Jason Litt, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorA bill that would legalize wagering on sporting events and earmark tax revenue to Kentucky’s underfunded pension system received a hearing at a legislative committee meeting in Frankfort Wednesday morning. House Bill 175, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, would allow Kentuckians to not just wager on most sporting events around the country, but also set up a regulatory framework for residents to legally play online poker and fantasy sports contests, with the state receiving revenue from taxes, registration fees and licensing fees.https://insiderlouisville.com/government/local/bill-to-legalize-and-regulate-sports-wagering-in-kentucky-receives-hearing/Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:38:00 GMT2019-02-15T13:38:00Bill to legalize and regulate sports wagering in Kentucky receives hearing“The NTRA is pleased to collaborate with Dean Dorton to offer this special tax webinar for the horse racing and breeding industry,” said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. “Last year’s sweeping federal tax reform legislation was the first of its kind in more than 30 years and is full of changes best explained by the experienced equine tax accountants at Dean Dorton.”https://www.ntra.com/deandortontaxreformwebinar/Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:49:00 GMT2019-02-15T11:49:00Dean Dorton Webinar: Key Federal Tax Reform Items for Horse and Farm OwnersMatt Koch graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture in 2000 and went directly into the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lt. Koch served 5 years as an Intelligence Officer deploying to Kosovo and Afghanistan. Upon his release from active duty he established Shawhan Place LLC with longtime horseman Ted Kuster. Shawhan Place is a full service boarding operation that handles everything from breeding, breaking, quarantine and sales. It was a natural fit to return to the Thoroughbred Industry after growing up on Claiborne Farm. Matt is a current member and past president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club. He lives in Paris with his wife, Kristen and three children, Taylor, Jack and Nate.http://www.kentuckybred.org/matthew-koch-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-02-11T00:00:00Matthew Koch, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorHistoric racetrack Keeneland and live sports lottery game provider EquiLottery Games have reached an agreement to feature races from the 2019 Keeneland Spring Meet as part of the upcoming trial run of Kentucky's Win Place Show, the first daily U.S. lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231960/keeneland-races-to-be-featured-in-equilottery-trial-runWed, 06 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT2019-02-06T14:00:00Keeneland Races to be Featured in EquiLottery Trial RunStuart E. Brown, II, DVM is a partner of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has been in practice since graduating from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He was born and raised in Versailles, Kentucky, and graduated from Transylvania University while working locally in the Thoroughbred industry since high school. Dr. Brown is a member of the Equine Drug Research Council of the KY Horse Racing Commission; Vice Chairman of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation; Board of the American Association of Equine Practitioners; Member of the AAEP Public Policy and Welfare Committee; Board of the EEI/ Rolex Three Day Eventing Championships; Trustee to the AVMA Professional Liability Trust, and Legislative Committee of the KVMA; active on the UK Veterinary Livestock Disease Laboratory Advisory Committee. In addition he is a current Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Inc./Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc., serves on the KTA/KTOB Scientific Advisory Committee for the KTOB Foundation and is Treasurer of the KTA PAC. He says of his tenure at KTA/KTOB, "I believe strongly in the mission of the KTA in its advocacy for the industry in the Commonwealth and its leadership position in maintaining Kentucky as the Capital of the TB Industry. This organization represents the interests of the breeders and stakeholders as stewards of the industry for generational deliverance of the ideals and cultures that have served this business to allow it to attain its present day position. The appointment to the KTA Board has represented one of the most important positions for which I have been appointed on to serve for both my profession and as a breeder."http://www.kentuckybred.org/stuart-e.-brown-ii-dvm--board-of-directors.htmlMon, 04 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-02-04T00:00:00Stuart E. Brown II, DVM, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorCraig Bandoroff is the owner, with his wife Holly, of Denali Stud in Paris, Kentucky. Denali Stud is a boarding operation mostly involved in breeding and raising horses for the commercial market. Denali is also a consignment agency and consistently has been a leading top 5 consignor in the industry over the past 10 years. Bandoroff is also a breeder with a broodmare band of about 15 mares. Champion Serena's Song has resided at Denali Stud her entire broodmare career and the farm raised KY Derby winner & Dubai World Cup winner, Animal Kingdom. He has been actively involved in the horse business for over 30 years as a jockey, sales company employee with Fasig Tipton, and a bloodstock consulting firm. Current Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. and Chairman of the Marketing Committee, current President of CBA, a board member of KEEP, an active member of TOBA, a former director of the Thoroughbred Club, a former board member of The Lexington School, and a founding member of the NTA. The Bandoroff’s have three children and reside in Lexington.http://www.kentuckybred.org/craig-bandoroff-kta-ktob-board-of-directors.htmlMon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-01-21T00:00:00Craig Bandoroff, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorA well illustrated summary of important points for pasture management. Awareness of appropriate pasture management is a must among horse owners and farm managers.http://forages.ca.uky.edu/files/improving_ky_horse_pastures.pdfThu, 17 Jan 2019 13:49:00 GMT2019-01-17T13:49:00Improving Kentucky Horse PasturesPlaintiffs 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231616/historical-gaming-companies-settle-lawsuitThu, 17 Jan 2019 03:59:00 GMT2019-01-17T03:59:00Historical Gaming Companies Settle LawsuitA 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.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ky-bill-seeks-to-divide-educational-funds-among-new-entities/Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:39:00 GMT2019-01-15T13:39:00KY Bill Seeks to Divide Educational Funds Among New EntitiesBraxton 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/braxton-lynch-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-01-14T00:00:00Braxton Lynch, KTA Vice President and Board of DirectorA 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231514/course-in-lexington-to-cover-thoroughbred-industryFri, 11 Jan 2019 12:52:00 GMT2019-01-11T12:52:00Course in Lexington to Cover Thoroughbred IndustryThe 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.https://www.kentuckyderby.com/uploads/wysiwyg/assets/uploads/20190110_Derby_Purse_Raised_to_3_Million_Spring_Meet_Stakes_Schedule.pdfFri, 11 Jan 2019 11:06:00 GMT2019-01-11T11:06:00Kentucky Derby Purse Raised to $3 MillionThe 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.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/record-setting-keeneland-january-sale-concludes/Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:50:00 GMT2019-01-10T12:50:00Record-Setting Keeneland January Sale ConcludesQuestioning 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231461/kentucky-downs-appeals-oak-grove-license-decisionTue, 08 Jan 2019 12:48:00 GMT2019-01-08T12:48:00Kentucky Downs Appeals Oak Grove License DecisionThe 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.https://www.ntra.com/eclipse-awards-finalists-to-be-announced-live-on-january-5-2/Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:36:00 GMT2019-01-04T12:36:00Eclipse Awards Finalists to be Announced Live on January 5Charlie 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/charlie-lopresti-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlTue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT2019-01-01T00:00:00Charles LoPresti, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorIn 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231301/ky-appeals-court-rules-in-favor-of-regulator-vs-motionMon, 31 Dec 2018 13:20:00 GMT2018-12-31T13:20:00KY Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Regulator Vs. MotionOn 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/Domains/www.kentuckybred.org/CMSFiles/Docs/Report%20of%20Task%20Force_Copied%20issued%2012.31.18.pdfMon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-12-31T00:00:00Report of the Tax Expenditure Task ForceWith 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231280/turfway-park-stewards-to-explain-disqualificationsSat, 29 Dec 2018 12:46:00 GMT2018-12-29T12:46:00Turfway Park Stewards to Explain DisqualificationsMcLean 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/pope-mclean-jr.-kta-ktob-treasurer-and-board-of-director.htmlTue, 25 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-12-25T00:00:00Pope McLean, Jr., KTA-KTOB President and Board of DirectorA 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/price-bell-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-12-17T00:00:00Price Bell, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorEquibase 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.http://keeneland.com/media/news/equibase-keeneland-conduct-pilot-test-collect-workout-data-using-gps-technologyWed, 12 Dec 2018 07:50:00 GMT2018-12-12T07:50:00Equibase, Keeneland Conduct Pilot Test To Collect Workout Data Using GPS TechnologyThe 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.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/finding-for-cannabidiol-sparks-new-rules-in-kentucky-thc-also-given-classification-by-commission/Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:48:00 GMT2018-12-12T07:48:00Finding For Cannabidiol Sparks New Rules In Kentucky; THC Also Given Classification By CommissionKeeneland 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.http://keeneland.com/media/news/keeneland-enhances-2019-spring-meet-earlier-opening-day-two-new-stakesWed, 12 Dec 2018 07:46:00 GMT2018-12-12T07:46:00Keeneland Enhances 2019 Spring Meet With Earlier Opening Day, Two New StakesAccording 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231110/khrc-approves-plan-for-derby-city-gaming-complianceWed, 12 Dec 2018 06:55:00 GMT2018-12-12T06:55:00KHRC Approves Plan for Derby City Gaming ComplianceAfter 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/231104/turfway-moves-to-plan-b-on-historical-racingTue, 11 Dec 2018 07:58:00 GMT2018-12-11T07:58:00Turfway Moves to 'Plan B' on Historical RacingThe 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.https://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/companies/2018/12/11/churchill-downs-derby-city-gaming-instant-racing-violations/2275113002/Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:52:00 GMT2018-12-11T07:52:00Churchill Downs fined $1,000 a day for violations at Derby City GamingLicensed 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/jeffrey-thornbury-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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."http://www.kentuckybred.org/paul-mcgee-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.https://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/companies/2018/11/26/kentucky-slot-gaming-machines-court-ruling-appealed/2118761002/Thu, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ben-haggin-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/hutton-goodman-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2018/11/16/kentucky-horse-racing-commission-picks-winner-for.html?ana=e_lou_bn_breakingnewsFri, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/philip-bauer-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/john-greely-iv-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/230418/kentucky-regulator-defers-vote-on-new-harness-trackWed, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/walter-hillenmeyer-iii-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.http://keeneland.com/media/news/owners-experience-winner-keeneland-tour-guestsSat, 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.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/churchill-prepares-to-open-21-day-meet-with-excess-of-41-million-in-purses/Fri, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/230292/ky-court-ruling-big-win-for-historical-racingThu, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/mark-taylor-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.https://thehorse.com/161834/wnv-in-kentucky-horses-two-more-cases-confirmed/Thu, 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.https://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-takes-action-stem-breakdownsTue, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/international-thoroughbred-breeders-federation--veterinary-meeting-invitation.htmlMon, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/230030/turfways-lack-of-progress-concerns-industry-leadersTue, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/230019/ky-regulator-considers-three-harness-track-applicationsTue, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/dermot-ryan-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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 - 10/2/18http://www.kentuckybred.org/west-nile-update-from-office-of-kentucky-state-veterinarian--10218.htmlThu, 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.http://keeneland.com/media/news/keeneland-and-equestricon-form-expanded-partnership-around-fan-development-and-wageringWed, 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.https://www.wave3.com/2018/10/03/churchill-downs-vendors-hosting-job-fair-upcoming-breeders-cup-fall-meet/Wed, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/walker-hancock.htmlMon, 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).http://www.kentuckybred.org/west-nile-update-from-the-office-of-kentucky-state-veterinarian--9272018.htmlFri, 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.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-commission-approves-rule-changes-allowing-trainers-to-push-back-on-absolute-insurer-rule/Thu, 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.http://keeneland.com/media/news/vintage-crop-yearlings-dynamic-market-drive-surging-results-keeneland-september-saleTue, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/james-baker-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.https://thehorse.com/160729/wnv-in-kentucky-horses-four-more-cases-confirmed/Fri, 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.”https://thepressboxlts.com/cleaning-out-the-ole-muck-pit-horseshoes-up/Fri, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/229702/churchill-downs-to-add-a-rooftop-gardenFri, 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.https://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-commission-posts-notice-racetrack-licensesThu, 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.http://keeneland.com/media/news/vibrant-market-yields-positive-results-thursday-keeneland-september-saleThu, 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/chris-baker-kta-ktob-board-of-director.htmlMon, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/229566/strong-session-closes-out-book-1-of-keeneland-saleFri, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/229576/cdis-historical-gaming-venue-derby-city-gaming-opensFri, 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.http://keeneland.com/media/news/keeneland-2019-april-two-year-olds-training-sale-set-april-9Fri, 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.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-downs-sets-new-marks-for-wagering-purses-field-size/Fri, 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.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/229522/no-changes-to-main-road-to-the-kentucky-derby-seriesWed, 12 Sep 2018 11:09:00 GMT2018-09-12T11:09:00No Changes to Main Road to the Kentucky Derby SeriesJoe 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.http://www.kentuckybred.org/joseph-t.-seitz.htmlMon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-09-10T00:00:00Joseph T. Seitz, KTA-KTOB Board of DirectorA prominent Kentucky state senator believes state lawmakers will approve legislation to allow sports gambling at racetracks by next year, although he's not sure whether Republican Gov. Matt Bevin would approve such a bill.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/229451/thayer-expects-ky-to-move-forward-on-sports-gamblingSat, 08 Sep 2018 11:11:00 GMT2018-09-08T11:11:00Thayer Expects KY to Move Forward on Sports GamblingLegislation that would allow Kentucky racetracks to offer betting on sports will likely be introduced during the legislature’s 30-day session in 2019, Kentucky’s Senate Majority Leader, Damon Thayer, a Republican, said at a sports-wagering conference on Thursday afternoon held at Keeneland Racecourse.https://www.drf.com/news/bill-allow-sports-betting-kentucky-racetracks-worksThu, 06 Sep 2018 14:25:00 GMT2018-09-06T14:25:00Bill to allow sports betting at Kentucky racetracks is in the worksTotal wagering on the 2018 Ellis Park meet was $37,480,814, spread over 28 full days of racing and a 29th day that was canceled after two races because of excessive heat. A water main break forced cancellation of another day, Aug. 26. While total wagering was down $899,735 over 2017, last year’s meet ran 31 days, with two cards abbreviated when storms caused flooding.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ellis-park-meet-wraps-up/Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:33:00 GMT2018-09-05T07:33:00Ellis Park Meet Wraps UpWKY Development, LLC – a joint venture between Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) and Keeneland Association Inc. (“Keeneland”) – filed an application today with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) requesting live standardbred racing dates at CDI’s old Louisville Downs racing venue located at Derby City Gaming (DCG) in Louisville for 2019 and in 2020 at its proposed venue in Oak Grove (Christian County).http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/our_company/company_news/2018/09/05/churchill_downs_and_keeneland_joint_venture_applies_to_build_125Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:30:00 GMT2018-09-05T07:30:00Churchill Downs & Keeneland Joint Venture Applies to Build $125 Million Racing Facility in Oak Grove, KentuckyThe symposium will be organized in a town hall format with sessions focused on: ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND THE CONSUMERhttp://www.kentuckybred.org/Domains/www.kentuckybred.org/CMSFiles/Docs/Ads/Wagering%20Symposium.pdfThu, 30 Aug 2018 10:42:00 GMT2018-08-30T10:42:00Sports Wagering and the Impact on Horse Racing Symposium Presented by BloodHorse and Breeders' CupThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Ellis Park has received its initial accreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance, bringing the number of active accreditations to 24 racetracks in the U.S. and Canada, including every Thoroughbred track in Kentucky.https://www.ntra.com/ellis-park-accredited-by-ntra-safety-integrity-alliance-making-kentucky-fully-accredited/Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:16:00 GMT2018-08-16T10:16:00Ellis Park Accredited by NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance, Making Kentucky Fully AccreditedThe Jockey Club will provide a live video stream for Sunday’s 66th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on jockeyclub.com. The two-hour conference begins at 10 a.m. EDT.http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=1073Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:55:00 GMT2018-08-10T12:55:00Sunday’s Round Table Conference to be available via Live StreamThe U.S Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released proposed regulations for the 20 percent deduction allowed for pass-through businesses, a provision found in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Small business owners now have more clarity on how they may be able to take advantage of the deduction that was included in the tax reform legislation passed in December 2017.https://www.ntra.com/proposed-regulations-released-for-important-small-business-tax-benefit/Thu, 09 Aug 2018 07:39:00 GMT2018-08-09T07:39:00Proposed Regulations Released for Important Small Business Tax BenefitOn July 30, the sales transaction of Ellis Park to Saratoga Casino & Hospitality Group was completed, and the group became the official new owners of the property.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/228801/ellis-park-sale-to-saratoga-group-finalizedWed, 01 Aug 2018 15:06:00 GMT2018-08-01T15:06:00Ellis Park Sale to Saratoga Group FinalizedKeeneland announced today that 4,538 yearlings have been cataloged for the 75th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s most important sale of Thoroughbreds, to be held Sept. 10-23. The auction, which attracts major buyers from around the world, produces horses that compete at the highest level of racing led this year by Triple Crown winner Justify and four-time Grade 1 winner Monomoy Girl among alumni that have won a total of 132 graded or group stakes in North America and internationally.http://www.keeneland.com/media/news/keeneland-catalogs-4538-yearlings-2018-september-saleWed, 01 Aug 2018 15:03:00 GMT2018-08-01T15:03:00Keeneland Catalogs 4,538 Yearlings For 2018 September SaleThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a pending deal that will allow the group that owns a minority stake in Ellis Park to buy the majority stake held by Ron Geary, the public face of Ellis’s ownership since he bought the track outright in 2006.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-commission-approves-sale-ellis-park-saratoga-groupTue, 17 Jul 2018 11:25:00 GMT2018-07-17T11:25:00Kentucky commission approves sale of Ellis Park to Saratoga groupChurchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq:CHDN) announced today that it has received approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to increase from 600 to 900 historical racing machines for the opening of its new Derby City Gaming facility. KHRC also conditionally approved the Ainsworth Game Technology historical racing operating system and an initial group of game themes for the Derby City Gaming machines. The nearly complete 85,000-square-foot $65 million facility is scheduled to open in September.https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/churchill-downs-incorporated-announces-increase-from-600-to-900-historical-racing-machines-for-the-opening-of-derby-city-gaming-1027375886Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:22:00 GMT2018-07-17T11:22:00Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Increase from 600 to 900 Historical Racing Machines for the Opening of Derby City GamingWhen Fasig-Tipton Kentucky kicks off the yearling sale season July 10 with The July Sale, buyers will be vying in a venue with a reputation for well-conformed and athletic-looking individuals.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/228449/fasig-tipton-kicks-off-yearling-sale-seasonMon, 09 Jul 2018 13:27:00 GMT2018-07-09T13:27:00Fasig-Tipton Kicks Off Yearling Sale SeasonOwners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before Sunday, July 15 for competition in this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. All horses must be nominated in order to compete in any of the 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races.http://www.breederscup.com/article/nomination-discounts-breeders-cup-horses-racing-age-ends-july-15Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:28:00 GMT2018-07-05T13:28:00Nomination Discounts for Breeders' Cup Horses of Racing Age Ends July 15Keeneland today announced three significant sales-related developments: a change to the Week 1 format of its 2018 September Yearling Sale, the creation of a boutique one-day Book 1 session to kick off the 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale and the return of its April Sale in 2019. These adjustments were made with input from participating consignors and buyers and reflect market trends, Keeneland officials said. “Keeneland engages in an ongoing dialog with our clients to collect their feedback and adapt our sales formats to meet the ‘market of the moment,’ ” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The market is fluid from year to year, and our primary goal is to create a sales environment that will produce the best results for our sellers and buyers.”http://keeneland.com/media/news/keeneland-announces-format-changes-2018-september-yearling-and-november-breeding-stockThu, 05 Jul 2018 13:27:00 GMT2018-07-05T13:27:00Keeneland Announces Format Changes To 2018 September Yearling And November Breeding Stock Sales, Return Of April Sale In 2019Churchill Downs will increase its overnight purses by 10% effective Thursday, May 31, the track announced Tuesday. Citing record wagering on races during the week of the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Longines Kentucky Oaks and an overall strong start to the spring meet, Churchill is slated to increase purses over the final 19 days of the 38-day spring meet, which concludes June 30.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/churchill-to-raise-purses-10/Wed, 23 May 2018 13:24:00 GMT2018-05-23T13:24:00Churchill to Raise Purses 10%Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq:CHDN) today announced an agreement with Golden Nugget Atlantic City (“Golden Nugget”) to enter into the New Jersey real money online gaming (“iGaming”) and sports betting markets, subject to sports wagering legislation and gaming license approvals. CDI is targeting the first quarter 2019 to begin accepting legal wagers for iGaming and sports betting in New Jersey.http://ir.churchilldownsincorporated.com/news-releases/news-release-details/churchill-downs-incorporated-announces-agreement-golden-nuggetWed, 16 May 2018 07:32:00 GMT2018-05-16T07:32:00Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Agreement with Golden Nugget to Enter New Jersey Real Money Online Gaming and Sports Betting MarketsThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Foundation announced today that it will invest $250,000 in the University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. The gift will be matched by the university and will enable the Gluck Center to renovate an equine infectious disease research laboratory.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ktob-foundation-invests-in-equine-esearch-at-uk-gluck-center.htmlTue, 01 May 2018 11:00:00 GMT2018-05-01T11:00:00KTOB Foundation Invests in Equine Research at UK Gluck CenterChurchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, announced today its new parking and traffic plan for Derby Week and the launch of kentuckyderbyparking.com.https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/news/churchill-downs-announces-changes-to-derby-week-parking-and-traffic-planThu, 26 Apr 2018 11:29:00 GMT2018-04-26T11:29:00Churchill Downs Announces Changes to Derby Week Parking and Traffic PlanThe American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce that the state breakouts for the 2017 Economic Impact Study are now available for purchase.http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/state-breakout-economic-impact-studies-now-available/Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:06:00 GMT2018-04-20T09:06:00State Breakout Economic Impact Studies Now AvailableChurchill Downs, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, announced today new entry procedures that will be in effect for guests visiting the track any day of Derby Week (Saturday, April 28, 2018 through Saturday, May 5, 2018). The track unveiled its new parking and traffic plan last week and launched KentuckyDerbyParking.com to help visitors plan their arrival.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/227068/website-outlines-kentucky-derby-parking-traffic-planThu, 19 Apr 2018 14:53:00 GMT2018-04-19T14:53:00Website Outlines Kentucky Derby Parking, Traffic PlanLEMONS FOREVER, dam of Grade 1 winners FOREVER UNBRIDLED and UNBRIDLED FOREVER, named the 2017 Broodmare of the Year. Besilu Stables, LLC was honored with two awards at the KTOB’s Annual Kentucky-Bred Champions Award Luncheon held at Keeneland Racecourse. GUN RUNNER was honored as the Kentucky-Bred Horse of the Year and as the Kentucky-Bred Champion Older Dirt Male.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-thoroughbred-owners-and-breeders-(ktob)-announce-2017-ky-bred-champions-merit-award-winners-and-ktdf-leaders.htmlFri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT2018-04-13T12:00:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders (KTOB) Announce 2017 KY-Bred Champions, Merit Award Winners, and KTDF LeadersChurchill Downs Racetrack, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, announced April 10 its new parking and traffic plan for Derby Week and the launch of kentuckyderbyparking.com.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/226905/churchill-unveils-new-derby-week-parking-traffic-plansTue, 10 Apr 2018 12:47:00 GMT2018-04-10T12:47:00Churchill Unveils New Derby Week Parking, Traffic PlansA Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee April 9 moved forward on rule changes that would allow horsemen freedom to argue their case if one of their horses fails a drug test and allow stewards to assess penalties below the minimum recommendations in cases with mitigating circumstances.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/226902/ky-proposals-aim-for-fairness-following-drug-positivesMon, 09 Apr 2018 12:49:00 GMT2018-04-09T12:49:00KY Proposals Aim for Fairness Following Drug PositivesAt a meeting on Monday, the rules committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to move forward on revised language to the absolute insurer requirement for trainers on drug positives.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-rules-committee-approves-changes-to-absolute-insurer-requirement/Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:36:00 GMT2018-04-09T12:36:00Kentucky Rules Committee Approves Changes To Absolute Insurer RequirementMint juleps, fancy hats, two minutes of exciting racing...and....medication for the horses? Not a problem, say the folks who run Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Actually, there is a problem, counter Washington lawmakers representing areas that host the other two legs of racing's fabled Triple Crown.http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article208060184.htmlThu, 05 Apr 2018 08:11:00 GMT2018-04-05T08:11:00Bid to ban race-day doping divides horse-rich KentuckyShortly after 12:30 am, on Friday, March 23, Congress approved a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to fund federal government operations through September 30. The 2,232 page bill includes several regulatory measures that will provide flexibility for the horse industry, most notably H-2B visa cap relief for seasonal, guest workers and a temporary enforcement exemption for the transportation of livestock from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations. The legislation also includes policy “riders” to defund Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs that will impact the equine sector and broader agriculture economy.http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/congress-delivers-h-2b-visa-cap-relief-eld-flexibility-in-omnibus-bill/Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:14:00 GMT2018-03-23T13:14:00Congress Delivers H-2B Visa “Cap Relief,” ELD Flexibility in Omnibus BillThe 144th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) headline a roster of 32 stakes races with total purses of $8.84 million scheduled for Churchill Downs' April 28-June 30 Spring Meet.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/226628/churchill-spring-meet-stakes-worth-8-84-millionThu, 22 Mar 2018 13:22:00 GMT2018-03-22T13:22:00Churchill Spring Meet Stakes Worth $8.84 MillionWe did earlier report Barns 3 and 30 were released from quarantine following our protocol of no known exposure to clinical cases in greater than fourteen (14) days, daily monitoring of the horses in each barn, and the barn’s population testing negative by PCR. I am today able to report Barn 7 (the barn we had used to quarantine and isolate horses that had been identified EHV1 positive by PCR Testing) is now clear and we are in the process of cleaning and disinfecting this barn. With no positive horses remaining on the grounds, we have given the all clear to TTC’s management by announcing there are no barns or horses at TTC under quarantine for EHV. All associated movement and training restrictions previously imposed are now rescinded. Additionally, with removal of this quarantine at TTC, we have no racing or training facilities in KY under quarantine.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-ehv-update-–-3142018-race-trackstraining-facilities-cleared.htmlThu, 15 Mar 2018 10:57:00 GMT2018-03-15T10:57:00Kentucky EHV Update – 3/14/2018: Race Tracks/Training Facilities ClearedKentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed legislation that makes permanent a Breeders' Cup World Championships tax incentive. "We are delighted that Governor Bevin has signed HB 259 into law and would like to thank Rep. David Osborne and Sen. Damon Thayer for their hard work and support of this initiative," Breeders' Cup said in a statement. "A permanent incentive further illustrates Kentucky's strong support for hosting the Breeders' Cup and we look forward to returning to Churchill Downs on November 2 and 3 of this year, as well as future events in the Commonwealth of Kentucky."https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/226469/kentucky-makes-a-breeders-cup-tax-incentive-permanentWed, 14 Mar 2018 10:53:00 GMT2018-03-14T10:53:00Kentucky Makes a Breeders' Cup Tax Incentive PermanentThe Kentucky Derby Museum broke ground Monday on a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project, the largest expansion since the museum was built in 1985. The $6.5 million expansion project includes adding 11,000 square feet and renovating 5,000 square feet.http://www.wlky.com/article/kentucky-derby-museum-to-break-ground-on-dollar65m-expansion-project/19083057Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:46:00 GMT2018-03-05T07:46:00Kentucky Derby Museum breaks ground on $6.5M expansion projectWhen starting research on injury rates and types of injuries in young Thoroughbreds in training, University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center scientist and veterinarian Dr. Allen Page discovered he had no current statistics for North America with which to make any comparisons.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/226319/trainers-wanted-for-2-year-olds-in-training-surveyFri, 02 Mar 2018 13:27:00 GMT2018-03-02T13:27:00Trainers Wanted for 2-year-olds in Training SurveyBARN 14 at Turfway Park is Released From Quarantine. Results of testing from the population of horses in the quarantined barn at Turfway Park have been reported negative. In addition to the testing that has been completed, it has been greater than 14 days since the population was last exposed to a clinical case.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-ehv-update--turfway-park.htmlThu, 01 Mar 2018 09:26:00 GMT2018-03-01T09:26:00Kentucky EHV Update - Turfway ParkA board of stewards in Kentucky has rescinded a trio of positive tests for ractopamine and will not impose any sanctions on trainers George “Rusty” Arnold and Joe Sharp, or owners Calumet Farm and Brad Grady. News of the positives and associated penalties prompted a public outcry last week, given Arnold's pristine record.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/new-information-prompts-commission-rescind-ractopamine-positives-arnold-sharp/Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:58:00 GMT2018-02-22T08:58:00New Information Prompts Kentucky Stewards To Rescind Ractopamine Positives For Arnold, SharpThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved two new measures aimed at improving equine welfare during its regular meeting Feb. 20. The first was a drastic expansion of existing language on out-of-competition testing for horses starting in Kentucky. The new language allows the commission to look for a wider range of anabolic steroids, blood doping and gene doping agents, similar to the list of prohibited substances kept by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-commission-approves-new-rules-competition-testing-voided-claims/Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:56:00 GMT2018-02-22T08:56:00Kentucky Commission Approves New Rules On Out-Of-Competition Testing, Voided ClaimsWhile not committing to a timetable, Turfway Park officials have unveiled a $25 million grandstand renovation planned to become reality when the Northern Kentucky track adds historical racing games.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/226193/turfway-park-plans-to-overhaul-grandstandWed, 21 Feb 2018 09:33:00 GMT2018-02-21T09:33:00Turfway Park Plans to Overhaul GrandstandChurchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute have announced that they will partner again this year to raise funds during the GI Kentucky Oaks to help provide care to local women who lack access to breast health screenings and services.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/churchill-downs-continues-partnership-to-support-local-womens-breast-health-program/Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:25:00 GMT2018-02-20T09:25:00Churchill Downs Continues Partnership to Support Local Women’s Breast Health ProgramThe Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian has confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 to be affecting horses housed in barn 3 at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington. The index case was reported on Tuesday evening 2/13 after a horse that had presented with fever of unknown origin was sampled and results of PCR testing identified the horse to be positive for EHV1 ‘wild type’ on both nasal wash and whole blood. The barn was immediately secured with no horses being allowed to move into or out of the barn. In addition to securing the barn with 24 hour guard assignment, a sanitizing area outside the barn’s entrance has been established and all individuals entering and leaving the barn must properly clean and disinfect and dispose of personal protective clothing that is provided on entry into the barn.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ehv-update-thoroughbred-center-lexington--quarantine.htmlThu, 15 Feb 2018 08:19:00 GMT2018-02-15T08:19:00EHV Update: Thoroughbred Center Lexington - QuarantineThe Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that will grant tax breaks to Breeders’ Cup Ltd. any time it holds its two-day event at a track in the state.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-bill-would-make-breeders-cup-tax-break-permanentTue, 13 Feb 2018 08:08:00 GMT2018-02-13T08:08:00Kentucky bill would make Breeders' Cup tax break permanentBreeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, announced today that tickets for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will return to iconic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky., on November 2 and 3, will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, June 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT.http://www.breederscup.com/article/tickets-2018-breeders-cup-world-championships-churchill-downs-go-sale-june-7Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:57:00 GMT2018-02-08T07:57:00Tickets for the 2018 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs to go on Sale June 7Keeneland officials announced today that the track will reduce pari-mutuel takeout rates on win, place, show and exacta wagers for its 2018 Spring Meet, to be held April 6-27.http://www.keeneland.com/media/news/keeneland-lowers-takeout-win-place-show-and-exacta-wagers-2018-spring-meetWed, 07 Feb 2018 10:56:00 GMT2018-02-07T10:56:00Keeneland Lowers Takeout On Win, Place, Show And Exacta Wagers For 2018 Spring MeetThe Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian on the evening of Feb. 6 provided an update on the quarantine in place at Turfway Park because of equine herpesvirus-1.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/226001/kentucky-state-vet-provides-turfway-ehv-1-updateTue, 06 Feb 2018 10:57:00 GMT2018-02-06T10:57:00Kentucky State Vet Provides Turfway EHV-1 UpdateCompetitive bidding at the upper reaches of the market pushed the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale above the buoyant auction of 2017, as gross, average, and median prices all rose during the Feb. 5-6 venue.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/225990/fasig-tipton-winter-mixed-sale-ends-with-increasesTue, 06 Feb 2018 10:39:00 GMT2018-02-06T10:39:00Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale Ends With IncreasesThe Breeders’ Cup announced today the promotion of the undercard Juvenile Turf Sprint to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships program. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint will be a part of this year’s World Championships, November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville and will carry a $1 million purse. The race will be run at about 5.5 furlongs on the turf and will be open to all 2-year-olds.http://www.breederscup.com/article/breeders-cup-juvenile-turf-sprint-added-world-championships-programMon, 05 Feb 2018 11:53:00 GMT2018-02-05T11:53:00Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Added to World Championships ProgramThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will soon consider changes to the voided claim rule after its rules committee recommended updates to the standard.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/225623/kentucky-committee-calls-for-claiming-rule-tweaksFri, 19 Jan 2018 11:35:00 GMT2018-01-19T11:35:00Kentucky Committee Calls for Claiming Rule TweaksThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect members of the Board of Directors.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ktaktob-elects-directors-for-2017-2018.htmlFri, 12 Jan 2018 07:27:00 GMT2018-01-12T07:27:00KTA/KTOB Elected Directors for 2017-2018A member update from Executive Director, Chauncey Morris.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ktaktob-member-update.htmlFri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-01-12T00:00:00KTA/KTOB Member UpdateIt just may be a good year for Keeneland in 2018. At least, it is off to a very good start. Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale reached a milestone Wednesday when gross sales of $31,744,700 through three days of the four-day auction exceeded total sales of $28,785,500 recorded during last year’s entire five-day auction.https://thepressboxlts.com/keeneland-sweeps-past-2017-totals-day-3-january-horses-ages-sale/Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:36:00 GMT2018-01-10T07:36:00Keeneland Sweeps Past 2017 Totals on Day 3 of January Horses of All Ages SaleTo recover races lost to cold-weather cancellations and work around temperatures expected to plummet this weekend, Turfway Park is making changes to its live racing schedule this Saturday as well as to the meet’s Friday cards.http://www.turfway.com/news?Entry=47924Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:36:00 GMT2018-01-10T06:36:00Turfway Park Adds Races, Shifts Post TimesChurchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) broke ground Wednesday on its $60 million state-of-the-art historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility in Louisville. CDRT also unveiled the name and branding for the new facility, Derby City Gaming.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/derby-city-gaming-churchill-downs-breaks-ground-louisville-historical-gaming-facility/Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:25:00 GMT2017-12-22T09:25:00Derby City Gaming: Churchill Downs Breaks Ground At Louisville Historical Gaming FacilityThe California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation has set up the website cthfcares.org to accept donations to help people and horses affected by the Southern California fire that destroyed much of the San Luis Rey training center.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/225098/options-for-assisting-san-luis-rey-fire-victimsFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:14:00 GMT2017-12-08T15:14:00Options for Assisting San Luis Rey Fire VictimsAfter a two-year standstill, Kentucky's renowned horse industry is back in the race to develop a market in China, the world's most populous country. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Monday touted a new trade accord lifting a ban on U.S equine exports to China. The deal was signed by U.S. and Chinese officials last month.http://www.kentucky.com/latest-news/article187971284.htmlThu, 07 Dec 2017 15:01:00 GMT2017-12-07T15:01:00Kentucky hopes to benefit from renewed horse sales to ChinaAfter just three years of ownership, Churchill Downs Inc. is selling Seattle-based video game developer Big Fish Games Inc. in a deal valued at nearly $1 billion.https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2017/11/29/churchill-downs-to-sell-big-fish-games-in-nearly.htmlWed, 29 Nov 2017 17:22:00 GMT2017-11-29T17:22:00Churchill Downs to sell Big Fish Games in nearly $1B dealBetween November 24 and December 1, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous racing and stallion stars on its eBay page.https://rmtcnet.com/rmtc-auction-off-halters-critical-tactical-research-grants/Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:28:00 GMT2017-11-27T08:28:00RMTC to Auction Off Halters for Critical Tactical Research GrantsDr. J. David Richardson—the prominent Louisville surgeon whose many roles in horse racing include owner, breeder, horseplayer, regulator, and bloodstock consultant—is the 2017 recipient of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' prestigious Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224776/richardson-to-receive-kto-horseman-of-the-year-awardWed, 15 Nov 2017 15:17:00 GMT2017-11-15T15:17:00Richardson to Receive KTO Horseman of the Year AwardAgriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing today. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where a rapidly expanding racing industry has emerged.http://www.kentuckybred.org/commissioner-ryan-quarles-praises-resumption-of-live-equine-exports-to-china.htmlFri, 10 Nov 2017 09:10:00 GMT2017-11-10T09:10:00Commissioner Ryan Quarles Praises Resumption of Live Equine Exports to ChinaThe American Horse Council (AHC), in conjunction with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and state animal health officials, is pleased to announce that the National Equine Health Plan (NEHP) is now available at equinediseasecc.org/national-equine-health-plan.http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/national-equine-health-plan-published/Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:44:00 GMT2017-11-03T09:44:00National Equine Health Plan PublishedChurchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), one of the world’s most historic sports and entertainment venues, today unveiled plans to improve the parking and transportation experience for guests traveling to the Kentucky Derby.https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/10/31/1171160/0/en/Churchill-Downs-Invests-32-Million-to-Improve-Parking-and-Transportation-Experience-for-Kentucky-Derby-Guests.htmlTue, 31 Oct 2017 09:33:00 GMT2017-10-31T09:33:00Churchill Downs Invests $32 Million to Improve Parking and Transportation Experience for Kentucky Derby GuestsThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC) is honored to announce Bill Landes as the 2017 “Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year.” A committee of five club representatives selects the recipient based on his or her quality and success of management, service to the community, involvement in the KTFMC, and industry leadership and dedication. “Having known and worked with many of the previous Farm Managers of the Year, I am honored and humbled by this recognition. Ted Bates was one of my earliest acquaintances in this business, “said Landes.http://www.kentuckybred.org/bill-landes-announced-as-the-2017-ted-bates-farm-manager-of-the-year.htmlFri, 27 Oct 2017 11:17:00 GMT2017-10-27T11:17:00Bill Landes Announced as the 2017 "Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year"Up to 200 people can experience the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership this fall with unraced 2-year-old Rare Form, the latest addition to the popular Churchill Downs Racing Club stable.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224271/churchill-downs-racing-club-recruiting-new-ownersWed, 25 Oct 2017 10:38:00 GMT2017-10-25T10:38:00Churchill Downs Racing Club Recruiting New OwnersYum Brands has pulled out as the title corporate sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, a landmark deal with Churchill Downs that has been in place since 2006.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/companies/2017/10/25/woodford-reserve-kentucky-derby-sponsor/796208001/Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:19:00 GMT2017-10-25T10:19:00Woodford Reserve steps in as Yum Brands withdraws Kentucky Derby sponsorshipThe Backside Learning Center presents its 11th annual signature fundraiser- Benefit for the Backside: A Day at the Races! Formerly Ladies Day at the Races, the annual fundraiser helps support the Learning Center and our mission to provide educational and social services to the equine workers and families at Churchill Downs!https://www.wedoauctions.net/blcWed, 18 Oct 2017 12:05:00 GMT2017-10-18T12:05:00The Backside Learning Center presents 11th Annual Benefit for the BacksideKentucky hopes a study described as a "first step" can begin to shed light on contamination issues in equine drug testing.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224178/kentucky-to-examine-drug-levels-in-racing-environmentWed, 18 Oct 2017 08:45:00 GMT2017-10-18T08:45:00Kentucky to Examine Drug Levels in Racing EnvironmentOff a strong September of Thoroughbred racing in the state, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Oct. 17 approved a 2018 racing schedule similar to this year's schedule.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224167/kentucky-approves-race-dates-for-2018Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:47:00 GMT2017-10-17T08:47:00Kentucky Approves Race Dates for 2018Keeneland will require jockeys competing in the 2017 Fall Meet, which begins Friday, to complete a baseline concussion assessment prior to being allowed to ride. Keeneland is among the first race tracks in the U.S. to establish concussion management and return to participation protocol.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-initiates-concussion-protocol-jockeys-beginning-fall-meetThu, 05 Oct 2017 09:57:00 GMT2017-10-05T09:57:00Keeneland Initiates Concussion Protocol for Jockeys Beginning with Fall MeetThe fifth September Meet in the 143-year history of Churchill Downs concluded Oct. 1 following an 11-day run highlighted by notable performances by rising Thoroughbreds that included $200,000 Lukas Classic (G III) winner Honorable Duty and rising 2-year-olds The Tabulator and Patrona Margarita; the exploits of human stars headed by record-setting jockey Corey Lanerie; and spectacular early-autumn weather that helped attract smiling crowds to special events scheduled throughout the increasingly popular racing session.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223927/purses-field-size-improve-at-churchill-september-meetMon, 02 Oct 2017 10:18:00 GMT2017-10-02T10:18:00Purses, Field Size Improve at Churchill September MeetWhen opportunity knocks, we should open the door. Over the years, Kentucky has made great progress in becoming a better place for business. So, when Churchill Downs and Keeneland announced they are joining forces to further invest in our state, the Kentucky Chamber was thrilled to hear the news.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/10/13/churchill-downs-keeneland-partnership-critical-commentary/761401001/Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:21:00 GMT2017-10-02T08:21:00Churchill Downs, Keeneland partnership critical to Kentucky’s economic growthUnited Tote, the provider of pari-mutuel tote services to more than 150 racing operations including Churchill Downs Racetrack, has implemented the necessary technological changes to begin processing wagers and payouts that will benefit horseplayers around the world. The positive changes will come into effect Thursday.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223823/churchill-downs-to-implement-new-tote-changesWed, 27 Sep 2017 12:39:00 GMT2017-09-27T12:39:00Churchill Downs to Implement New Tote ChangesGross sales for Keeneland September yearling sale exceeded $300 million for the first time since 2008, when Hip 3313 (an Afleet Alex colt) sold for $16,000 during the Sept. 21 session of the 12-day auction.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223734/keeneland-september-sale-exceeds-300-millionThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:50:00 GMT2017-09-21T14:50:00Keeneland September Sale Exceeds $300 MillionKentucky residents may soon be able to wager on their favorite sports team. A bill filed today by Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, sets the framework to allow any horse racing track or off-track wagering facility to offer sports wagering.http://www.kyforward.com/sen-julian-carroll-files-bill-allow-sports-wagering-horse-racing-tracks-off-track-wagering-facilites/Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:06:00 GMT2017-09-20T14:06:00Sen. Julian Carroll files bill to allow sports wagering at horse racing tracks, off-track wagering facilitesChurchill Downs, Inc. and Keeneland Association jointly announced plans Friday morning to construct two new racing facilities in southern Kentucky, but officials from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission countered with a tersely written statement late Friday afternoon, casting serious doubt on the project.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/churchill-keeneland-plans-for-new-racing-facilities-up-in-air/Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:28:00 GMT2017-09-15T14:28:00Churchill, Keeneland Plans for New Racing Facilities Up in AirChurchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and Keeneland Association, Inc. (“Keeneland”) announced today an historic partnership to propose the construction of two new state-of-the-art racing facilities. One will be in southeastern Kentucky in Corbin (Knox County), and the second will be in southwestern Kentucky in Oak Grove (Christian County). The proposed facilities will feature live horse racing and historical racing machines for guests from Kentucky and beyond.http://historicpartnership.com/Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:01:00 GMT2017-09-15T08:01:00Churchill Downs and Keeneland Announce Historic Partnership to Propose Construction of Two New Racing Facilities in Corbin and Oak Grove, KentuckyKentucky Downs concluded a record-shattering five-date session up 34 percent in wagering on the all-grass meet that has stamped itself among the most unique experiences in American races.https://www.kentuckydowns.com/racing/news/kentucky-downs-shatters-wagering-mark-at-30mThu, 14 Sep 2017 08:02:00 GMT2017-09-14T08:02:00Kentucky Downs Shatters Wagering Mark at $30MThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Sept. 12 filed a notice of appeal in the Kentucky Court of Appeals of a Franklin (Ky.) Circuit Court's decision that overturned a methocarbamol positive against trainer Graham Motion.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223541/khrc-appeals-ruling-in-motion-methocarbamol-caseTue, 12 Sep 2017 07:50:00 GMT2017-09-12T07:50:00KHRC Appeals Ruling in Motion Methocarbamol CaseWhen Keeneland kicks off its marathon September yearling sale Sept. 11, it will be a litmus test of the sales company's overhaul of the format, with a goal of getting the auction off to a robust start that hopefully will carry over to the remainder of the sale.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223500/keeneland-september-begins-with-new-formatMon, 11 Sep 2017 07:51:00 GMT2017-09-11T07:51:00Keeneland September Begins With New FormatAs with any new venture, there is an air of uncertainty surrounding Fasig-Tipton's inaugural Turf Showcase Sept. 10.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223486/fasig-tipton-turf-showcase-poised-for-takeoffSun, 10 Sep 2017 07:53:00 GMT2017-09-10T07:53:00Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Poised for TakeoffEllis Park topped last year's benchmark meet with an even better one, with total wagering on the 31-date session that ended Monday up 15 percent over 2016.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/wagering-2017-ellis-park-meet-tops-38-million/Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:08:00 GMT2017-09-06T09:08:00Wagering On 2017 Ellis Park Meet Tops $38 MillionGroups within the veterinary and equine communities are coordinating a major relief effort—consisting of both monetary and supply donations—to aid horses and their caretakers in Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding.https://aaep.org/news/equine-industry-rallies-together-provide-harvey-reliefFri, 01 Sep 2017 10:54:00 GMT2017-09-01T10:54:00Equine Industry Rallies Together to Provide Harvey ReliefChurchill Downs has shown an eagerness to stimulate international interest in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) through the creation of a path to the race for horses based in Europe, as well as the expansion of its current series for Japan's top dirt horses.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223359/churchill-downs-adds-european-path-to-derbyThu, 31 Aug 2017 11:20:00 GMT2017-08-31T11:20:00Churchill Downs Adds European Path to DerbyKeeneland will host 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area public and private schools this week as part of its commitment to educate the community about its historical significance and the integral economic and cultural role the Thoroughbred industry plays in Central Kentucky.http://www.keeneland.com/discover/keeneland-fifth-grade-tours-offer-youth-hands-thoroughbred-industry-experienceMon, 28 Aug 2017 10:51:00 GMT2017-08-28T10:51:00Keeneland Fifth Grade Tours Offer Youth Hands-On Thoroughbred Industry ExperienceThe Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has reviewed the decision of the Franklin Circuit court in Kentucky entered on August 18. The ruling in this case is wrong concerning the scientific basis for the methocarbamol threshold applied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), and has moved Kentucky backward in its regulation of horse racing – putting at risk the health and welfare of horses racing in Kentucky, the safety of jockeys and the integrity of Kentucky horse racing in general.http://rmtcnet.com/2897-2/Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:24:00 GMT2017-08-24T13:24:00RMTC Statement on Franklin Circuit Court DecisionA state court in Kentucky has ruled that the absolute-insurer rule enforced by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission violates the state constitution, a determination that could have far-reaching consequences in the regulation of medications and drugs across the United States.http://www.drf.com/news/motion-ruling-could-impact-absolute-insurer-statuteThu, 24 Aug 2017 12:35:00 GMT2017-08-24T12:35:00Motion ruling could impact absolute-insurer statuteAs a result of a high volume of entries, Fasig-Tipton will add a day to this year’s Kentucky October Yearling Sale in Lexington. The sale will now be held over four days – Monday through Thursday, October 23-26. The sale was originally scheduled over three days, Monday through Wednesday.https://fasigtipton.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/the-october-sale-expanded-to-four-days/Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:44:00 GMT2017-08-23T14:44:00The October Sale Expanded to Four DaysKeeneland has unveiled an enhanced digital catalog for the Book 1 select session of its premier September Yearling Sale that features yearling conformation photos, walking videos and interactive Keeneland Pedigrees with full updates and race replays for winners found within the pedigrees. The DIGITAL BOOK 1 CATALOG is available via Keeneland’s comprehensive SEPTEMBER SALE MICROSITE.http://www.keeneland.com/sales/keeneland-debuts-enhanced-digital-catalog-september-sale-book-1Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:46:00 GMT2017-08-23T13:46:00Keeneland Debuts Enhanced Digital Catalog for September Sale Book 1The anticipated first year of Equestricon (August 13th – 15th, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, NY) has concluded. When I first learned of Equestricon, I was excited to see the idea of an industry convention not centered around what is wrong with the Thoroughbred industry and how to fix it but a forward thinking avenue for people to feel comfortable enough to learn more about the industry whether you are involved in the Thoroughbred industry in some way, a fan of the sport or a handicapper.http://www.kentuckybred.org/commentary-for-equestricon-2017.htmlFri, 18 Aug 2017 10:57:00 GMT2017-08-18T10:57:00KTA/KTOB's Jenny Gordon Reflects on Equestricon 2017The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) has announced that it will be extending the deadline to take the survey to update the National Economic Impact Study to September 4th.http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/ahcf-extends-deadline-take-economic-impact-survey/Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:32:00 GMT2017-08-18T10:32:00AHCF Extends Deadline to Take Economic Impact SurveyA request by Kentucky Downs to offer its races this September on a New Jersey betting exchange has been removed from the agenda of an Aug. 15 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, likely scuttling the plan for this year.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-commission-puts-brakes-exchange-wagersThu, 10 Aug 2017 10:55:00 GMT2017-08-10T10:55:00Kentucky commission puts brakes on exchange wagersKeeneland Racecourse will raise its takeout for the October meet from 16 percent to 17.5 percent on win, place, and show wagers and from 19 percent to 22 percent on all other bets, the maximum allowed under state law, Keeneland officials confirmed on Tuesday.http://www.drf.com/news/keeneland-boosts-takeout-across-boardTue, 08 Aug 2017 14:52:00 GMT2017-08-08T14:52:00Keeneland boosts takeout across the boardKeeneland today announced the expansion of its lucrative September Sale Bonus Program to include a Sellers Program, which, together with the previously announced Book 1 Bonus, will offer cash rewards to horses sold at the September Yearling Sale that win graded or group stakes. The September Sale Bonus Program begins with graduates of the 2017 September Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23. Officials also confirmed details of a revised September Sale format that this year opens with an exclusive one-day Book 1 followed by a three-day Book 2, with the goal to showcase a critical mass of upper-market horses during Week 1 of the sale.http://www.keeneland.com/sales/2017-keeneland-september-sale-catalog-available-aug-8-september-sale-bonus-program-expandedWed, 02 Aug 2017 07:45:00 GMT2017-08-02T07:45:00September Sale format revised; Book 1 session to begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 11Because of business surpassing projections—including a best-ever July with its historical horse racing operation—every horse running at Kentucky Downs' highly acclaimed September meet will earn at least $750.https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/222870/kentucky-downs-to-pay-750-for-sixth-through-lastWed, 02 Aug 2017 07:39:00 GMT2017-08-02T07:39:00Kentucky Downs to Pay $750 for Sixth Through LastA committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend approval of a plan by Kentucky Downs to allow New Jersey customers of an exchange-wagering company to bet on the track’s races, but not before the plan satisfied three requirements.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-downs-may-allow-exchange-wagering-new-jersey-residentsWed, 02 Aug 2017 07:37:00 GMT2017-08-02T07:37:00Kentucky Downs may allow exchange wagering from New Jersey residentsChurchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said Thursday that the company is finalizing the design for a $60 million historical-race wagering facility at its former Trackside training and simulcast wagering facility on Poplar Level Road in Louisville.https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2017/07/27/churchill-downs-ceo-sheds-more-light-on-60m-gaming.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT2017-07-27T13:00:00Churchill Downs CEO sheds more light on $60M facility, Derby's huge TV showingOn Monday, a controversial eight-foot fence and landscaping plans were approved for the continually expanding parking at Churchill Downs. The plans were approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.http://www.wave3.com/story/35958995/churchill-downs-parking-project-continuesTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:55:00 GMT2017-07-25T12:55:00Churchill Downs parking project continuesA study by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) shows that agriculture is a valuable asset to Fayette County’s economy. Agriculture and the businesses that support it are responsible for one out of 12 jobs and for $2.3 billion in annual output.https://uknow.uky.edu/research/new-uk-study-shows-agricultures-impact-fayette-county-economyFri, 30 Jun 2017 09:22:00 GMT2017-06-30T09:22:00New UK Study Shows Agriculture's Impact on Fayette County EconomyChurchill Downs Racetrack is moving ahead with a plan to add new parking on land it recently acquired to the west of the track. The property was bought as part of a recent round of land acquisition that cost $13 million or more for vacant lots, houses and commercial lots surrounding the facility, some of which have been razed.http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2017/06/27/heres-how-much-parking-churchill-downs-is-adding.htmlTue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:00 GMT2017-06-27T09:00:00Here's how much parking Churchill Downs is adding at the racetrackFor the first time in 30-some years, Keeneland has tweaked the commission structure for all of its auctions.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/222198/keeneland-tweaks-commission-structureWed, 21 Jun 2017 11:06:00 GMT2017-06-21T11:06:00Keeneland Tweaks Commission StructureChurchill Downs plans to build a new stand-alone facility at its Trackside training center in Louisville to house 650 historical horse-racing machines, with a planned opening in the late summer or fall of next year, company officials said on Tuesday after receiving preliminary approval for the plan from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.drf.com/news/churchill-downs-unveils-plans-historical-racing-parlor-tracksideWed, 21 Jun 2017 10:35:00 GMT2017-06-21T10:35:00Churchill Downs unveils plans for historical-racing parlor at TracksideChurchill Downs Racetrack wants Louisville Metro Government to close several streets and alleys west of the track so it can expand its parking capacity.http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2017/06/07/churchill-downs-has-a-plan-to-add-more-parking.htmlWed, 07 Jun 2017 08:41:00 GMT2017-06-07T08:41:00Churchill Downs has a plan to add more parkingEquiLottery and Ellis Park have entered into a broadcast rights agreement that will allow races from the Henderson, Kentucky racetrack to be utilized in conjunction with EquiLottery’s lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. This agreement marks the second such arrangement with a Kentucky racetrack and comes on the heels of a recent endorsement of the product from the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA).http://www.equilottery.com/equilottery-continues-kentucky-momentum-with-ellis-park-agreement/Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:51:00 GMT2017-06-05T08:51:00EquiLottery Continues Kentucky Momentum with Ellis Park AgreementEffective Thursday, June 8, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purse offerings 10 percent thanks to record Kentucky Derby week business levels.https://www.churchilldowns.com/racing-wagering/news/strong-derby-week-business-boosts-churchill-downs-overnight-purses-10-percentFri, 02 Jun 2017 13:54:00 GMT2017-06-02T13:54:00Strong Derby Week Boosts Churchill Downs Spring Meet Overnight Purses 10 PercentChurchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) announced today the transition and creation of more than 70 high-tech jobs in Kentucky, as it relocates the TwinSpires headquarters to Louisville from Mountain View, California. TwinSpires now employs more than 200 full time employees in the state.http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/our_company/company_news/2017/05/30/churchill_downs_incorporated_announces_new_high_tech_high_payingTue, 30 May 2017 08:58:00 GMT2017-05-30T08:58:00Churchill Downs Inc. Announces New High-tech, High-paying Jobs in Kentucky; Continues to Drive Innovation in Horse Racing IndustryChurchill Downs' recent splurge on real estate around its iconic Louisville racetrack gives the company “the flexibility and the options to build something special, and do special things,” Churchill CEO Bill Carstanjen said Monday.http://www.wdrb.com/story/35488543/after-recent-land-grab-churchill-downs-may-build-something-special-near-track-ceo-saysMon, 22 May 2017 11:51:00 GMT2017-05-22T11:51:00After recent land grab, Churchill Downs may 'build something special' near track, CEO saysShouse, a bartender, remembers a vibrant, middle-class neighborhood in the shadow of Churchill Downs, the iconic Louisville racetrack. Back then, she recalled, there were a lot of kids, few renters and no drugs.http://www.wdrb.com/story/35354306/sunday-edition-churchill-downs-grabs-13-million-in-neighborhood-real-estate-during-unprecedented-buying-bingeSun, 07 May 2017 08:18:00 GMT2017-05-07T08:18:00Churchill Downs grabs $13 million in neighborhood real estate during unprecedented buying bingeKentucky agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles and some horse industry leaders welcomed an official veterinary team from the People's Republic of China this month in a visit that could help open China to the export of horses from the United States.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/221295/official-veterinary-team-from-china-visits-kentuckySat, 29 Apr 2017 08:56:00 GMT2017-04-29T08:56:00Official Veterinary Team From China Visits KentuckyChurchill Downs launched the 2.0 version of its mobile app Tuesday, providing fans with new features and information in order to try to enhance their experience at the GI Kentucky Derby May 6. Additions include “Horses and Racing,” providing entries, live odds and expert betting tips for each race, “Today’s Events,” providing details of what’s going on at the track each day and “Derby News,” pulling the latest Derby information together in one place.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/churchill-downs-launches-enhanced-mobile-app/Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:26:00 GMT2017-04-25T13:26:00Churchill Downs Launches Enhanced Mobile AppLESLIE’S LADY, dam of Grade 1 winners BEHOLDER and INTO MISCHIEF, named as the 2016 Broodmare of the Year. Clearsky Farms takes home three awards at the KTOB’s Annual KY-Bred Champions Award Luncheon held at Keeneland Racecourse. ARROGATE was honored as the KY-Bred Horse of the Year and as Three-Year-Old Male. In addition, Clearsky Farms received the P.A.B. Widener Award representing the Breeder of the Year and voted upon by the Board of Directors.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-thoroughbred-owners-and-breeders-(ktob)-announce-2016-ky-bred-champions-merit-award-winners-and-ktdf-leaders.htmlThu, 20 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT2017-04-20T14:00:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders (KTOB) Announce 2016 KY-Bred Champions, Merit Award Winners, and KTDF LeadersThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to accept model drug rules set by the Association for Racing Commissioners International. Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, said the updates represented about a year's work and more than 175 individual edits to bring the state's rules in line with ARCI.https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-commission-adopts-rci-model-drug-rules/Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:30:00 GMT2017-04-18T09:30:00Kentucky Commission Adopts RCI Model Drug RulesKentucky breeding and racing are alive and well, thank you very much. That was the message Kentucky State Sen. Damon Thayer delivered to an audience of industry professionals April 17 as part of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association's educational symposium at the Keeneland sales pavilion.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/221046/thayer-kentucky-horse-industry-doing-wellMon, 17 Apr 2017 09:38:00 GMT2017-04-17T09:38:00Thayer: Kentucky Horse Industry Doing WellKeeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, today introduced enhancements to its September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23. Highlighting the new features is the Book 1 Bonus, which offers lucrative cash rewards to sellers and owners of yearlings sold in the premier Book 1 sale that win Grade/Group 1 stakes during their 2- or 3-year-old campaigns. Sellers and owners of yearlings that win a Keeneland Grade 1 stakes or the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) will earn double rewards. Keeneland also announced that the Book 1 sale will be held as a single evening session on Monday, Sept. 11, and that a series of exciting special events surrounding the September Sale will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 10.http://www.keeneland.com/sales/keeneland-announces-lucrative-rewards-program-format-change-book-1-2017-september-saleWed, 12 Apr 2017 08:56:00 GMT2017-04-12T08:56:00Keeneland Announces Lucrative Rewards Program, Format Change for Book 1 of the 2017 September SaleEquestricon, LLC announced today a partnership with Horse Country, Inc. that will bring the organization and eight of its most recognizable Kentucky-based member farms to the Saratoga Springs City Center August 14-15 for the first international horse racing convention, fan festival, and trade show.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/horse-country-inc-ky-farms-partner-bring-bluegrass-equestricon/Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:32:00 GMT2017-04-12T08:32:00Horse Country Inc., KY Farms Partner To Bring Bluegrass To EquestriconA Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee on Tuesday approved transferring $300,000 in state-bred purse supplements from Kentucky Downs to Ellis Park for the Henderson track's 2017 summer meet.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-downs-transfers-1-65-million-purse-funds-ellis-park/Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:29:00 GMT2017-04-04T11:29:00Kentucky Downs To Transfer $1.65 Million In Purse Funds To Ellis ParkKentucky regulators came a step closer to bringing the state's regulations in line with the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP) on Tuesday afternoon when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve drug classifications, penalty schedules, withdrawal guidelines and thresholds set out by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Kentucky has been partially in line with the NUMP but has not kept up with more recent edits to the program by the RMTC.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-one-step-closer-uniform-medication-rules-council-vote/Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:42:00 GMT2017-04-04T08:42:00Kentucky One Step Closer To Uniform Medication Rules With Council VoteA new law signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this week is being heralded as a “step in the right direction” toward improving the state's laws on animal cruelty. HB 200, which was passed unanimously by both the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate, will allow courts to order a person convicted of animal cruelty in equine cases to pay restitution costs associated with the animals. A judge may also terminate the convicted person's right to ownership or possession of a horse involved in the case (which was not previously guaranteed under Kentucky law).http://www.paulickreport.com/horse-care-category/step-right-direction-kentucky-governor-signs-law-adding-sanctions-convicted-cruelty-horses/Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:22:00 GMT2017-03-30T08:22:00‘A Step In The Right Direction’: Kentucky Governor Signs Law Adding Sanctions For Those Convicted Of Cruelty To HorsesRecently, President Trump issued several executive orders relating to increased immigration enforcement and border security. These actions will impact many employers, including those in the racing and showing segments of the horse industry, even those that rely on legal foreign workers. ***Article courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/executive-actions-immigration-horse-industry/Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:15:00 GMT2017-03-17T14:15:00AHC Washington Update: Executive Actions on Immigration and the Horse IndustryFayette County Farm Bureau Farm Machinery Consignment Auction on March 11th at 8:30 AM at the Kentucky Horse Park. All types of farm and lawn & garden equipment.http://www.kentuckybred.org/Domains/www.kentuckybred.org/CMSFiles/Docs/KYFB-Flyer-Blue-8.5x11_v1.12-27-2017-9-55-15-379.pdfFri, 10 Mar 2017 09:55:00 GMT2017-03-10T09:55:00Fayette County Farm Bureau Farm Machinery Consignment AuctionThe Jockey Club announced today that the 2017 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com. The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. It also features a directory of state, national and international organizations.http://thejockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=963Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:49:00 GMT2017-03-07T13:49:002017 Fact Book Available on The Jockey Club WebsiteChurchill Downs Inc. would consider installing so-called historical racing machines at its Louisville, Ky., racetrack if a machine could be designed that was “competitive” with the more traditional slot machines offered at casinos in nearby Indiana, the company’s chief operating officer said Wednesday.http://www.drf.com/news/churchill-downs-warming-historical-racing-machinesThu, 02 Mar 2017 08:24:00 GMT2017-03-02T08:24:00Churchill Downs warming up to historical racing machinesThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission agreed earlier this year to rescind three recent violations related to overages of dextrorphan, a metabolite of dextromethorphan. However, according to Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, the dismissal shouldn't be seen as a victory by horsemen and veterinarians concerned about environmental contamination.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-rescinds-dextrorphan-positives-no-victory-proponents-environmental-contamination/Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:14:00 GMT2017-02-23T08:14:00Kentucky Rescinds Dextrorphan Positives, But No Victory For Proponents Of Environmental ContaminationEconomic statistics recently released on Kentucky's international trade showed a 33.1% increase in the value of exported live, purebred horses.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219854/kentucky-reports-growth-in-horse-exports-for-2016Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:48:00 GMT2017-02-16T09:48:00Kentucky Reports Growth in Horse Exports for 2016The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has announced that the 2016 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF) have totaled approximately $10.8 million for Kentucky breeders.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/kentuckys-thoroughbred-breeders-incentive-fund-awards-nearly-10-8-million/Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:41:00 GMT2017-02-15T09:41:00Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund Awards Nearly $10.8 MillionWhat, no applicants? “The government finds it very hard to believe that employers can’t fill these jobs with U.S. workers,” said L.J. D’Arrigo , an immigration attorney who represents trainer Todd Pletcher. “It’s very difficult work. People show up on Day One and they never come back. They don’t want to shovel horse manure. They don’t want to do the hard, heavy labor. ... Maybe they last a week, at most.”http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/tim-sullivan/2017/02/13/vias-limits-create-looming-labor-shortage-horse-racing-tim-sullivan/97722972/Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:10:00 GMT2017-02-14T09:10:00Visa limits create looming labor shortage in horse racing industryThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) Board of Directors release the nominees for the 2016 KTOB KY-bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year. The KY-bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year will be voted upon by ALL eligible KTA/KTOB members and will be completed on Friday, February 17th. The winners of each division will be announced at the KTOB Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.http://www.kentuckybred.org/2016-ky-bred-champions-and-broodmare-of-the-year-nominees.htmlFri, 10 Feb 2017 11:15:00 GMT2017-02-10T11:15:002016 KY-Bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year NomineesTesting of this barn’s population of horses that had been exposed to EHV1 was completed today (2/10/2017) with each horse testing NEG on both nasal swabs and whole blood. Having been greater than 14 days post exposure and each horse now having two (2) negative sets of results – The KY Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 22, 2017 and horses from this barn are under no further restrictions.http://www.kyagr.com/statevet/equine-infectious-diseases.htmlFri, 10 Feb 2017 09:02:00 GMT2017-02-10T09:02:00Keeneland’s barn on Rice Road that has remained under quarantine, is today released from the quarantine and all associated restrictions.The Retired Racehorse Project announced today that 578 trainers have been accepted to compete for their share of $100,000 in prize money at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 5-8. Of those trainers, 65 applied and have been approved to enter two horses. Two hundred-thirty trainers have registered their horses already, which means there are still more than 300 trainers shopping for horses to use in the competition.http://www.retiredracehorseproject.org/2017-thoroughbred-makeover/1332-100-000-thoroughbred-makeover-launched-with-578-trainers-2Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:55:00 GMT2017-02-07T09:55:00$100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover Launched with 578 Trainers: 300 Retiring Racehorses Still NeededThe Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association’s (CBA) annual symposium will be held Monday, Apr. 17 in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. It will begin at 2 p.m. Senator Damon Thayer will open proceedings with his state of the industry message, followed by Vision 20/20, the Godolphin Flying Start, the TAA, The Jockey Club and Plus Vital.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/cba-announces-toast-and-roast-of-d-wayne-lukas-at-the-4th-annual-symposium/Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:29:00 GMT2017-02-01T09:29:00CBA Announces Toast and Roast of D. Wayne Lukas at the 4th Annual SymposiumWith relatively little discussion, a proposed rule outlining conditions that could void a claim was unanimously approved Jan. 26 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Safety and Welfare Committee.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219403/khrc-committee-advances-voided-claim-ruleFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:00:00 GMT2017-01-27T14:00:00KHRC Committee Advances Voided Claim RuleThere is apparently ‘misinformation’ circulating through social media and other channels relative to the EHV-1 investigations underway in KY. Strategically, our situation here in Kentucky is unchanged – we are continuing to investigate and manage two (2) disease instances – on separate premises. The investigations, both involving premises in Oldham County, are unrelated with one involving the ‘wild strain’ of EHV-1 and the second associated with the mutated strain of EHV-1. Details of each investigation/status were previously made on 1/13/17 and there has been no significant new developments.http://www.kyagr.com/statevet/equine-infectious-diseases.htmlFri, 20 Jan 2017 09:58:00 GMT2017-01-20T09:58:00EHV Investigation Status/UpdatesKeeneland today announced a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), and introduces Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet as the signature sponsor of the $200,000 Lexington (G3). Purse money for the Lexington and opening day Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select have been increased by $50,000 each.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-schedules-16-stakes-worth-4325-million-2017-spring-meetThu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-01-19T06:00:00Keeneland Schedules 16 Stakes Worth $4.325 Million for 2017 Spring MeetWith two Oldham County facilities where Thoroughbreds are stabled now under quarantine for two different strains of the equine herpesvirus (EHV), Robert C. Stout, the state veterinarian and executive director for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDOA), is urging horse caretakers to be hyper-vigilant for any signs of neurological or respiratory distress to keep the contagious disease from spreading further as the state embarks upon its crucial breeding and sales seasons.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/kentucky-urging-vigilance-to-combat-spread-of-ehv/Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:41:00 GMT2017-01-12T14:41:00Kentucky Urging Vigilance to Combat Spread of EHVList of the 2016 Eclipse Awards Finalistshttp://www.drf.com/2016-eclipse-finalistsFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:41:00 GMT2017-01-06T14:41:002016 Eclipse Awards FinalistsFor the second consecutive year, overall wagering on Thoroughbred races in the United States edged slightly upward, even though total purses, race days, the number of races, horse starts, and average field size all declined in 2016 compared to 2015.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/overall-handle-per-day-average-betting-both-rise-in-2016/Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:52:00 GMT2017-01-05T13:52:00Overall Handle, Per-Day Average Betting Both Rise in 2016The Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian has imposed an embargo on horses from any Louisiana track or training center from entering any Kentucky track or training center as a result of the positive tests for equine herpesvirus in horses at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/218822/kentucky-places-restrictions-on-louisiana-horsesWed, 04 Jan 2017 15:15:00 GMT2017-01-04T15:15:00Kentucky Places Restrictions on Louisiana HorsesExacta Systems continued to set new historic horse racing handle records in 2016, achieving record gains in both Kentucky and Wyoming. The $46.5 million wagered on Exacta terminals in December at Kentucky Downs smashed the previous one-month record of $42.1 million, which was set at Kentucky Downs in October. For the year, Exacta games produced over $475 million in handle at Kentucky Downs, an increase of more than $125 million over the $350 million wagered in 2015. In Wyoming, Exacta terminals handled over $194 million in six locations for Wyoming Horse Racing, LLC - a 94% increase from 2015, when Wyoming Horse Racing used a different historic horse racing system provider.http://www.exactasystems.com/news_single01.11.2017.htmlSun, 01 Jan 2017 14:52:00 GMT2017-01-01T14:52:00Exacta Systems Set Monthly, Yearly Historic Horse Racing Handle Records in Kentucky and WyomingLexington will hire six temporary staff members to assist 911 operators after concerns were raised over the emergency response to a fire Sunday that killed 23 horses, an administrator said.http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article122030234.htmlTue, 20 Dec 2016 08:54:00 GMT2016-12-20T08:54:00Lexington to add to 911 staff in wake of fire that killed 23 horsesSportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO) announces that it has been selected by Ellis Park as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services. This agreement follows another new tote services contract signed earlier this year with Kentucky Downs.http://www.sportech.net/news/press-releases/ellis-park-and-kentucky-downs-upgrade-their-betting-services-with-sportechWed, 07 Dec 2016 09:37:00 GMT2016-12-07T09:37:00Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs Upgrade Their Betting Services with Sportech Racing and DigitalThe American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 30 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 790 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 464 of them, the same as were graded in 2016, and Listed status to 172 races. Five Graded races were upgraded; eight new Grade III races were named; 23 new Listed races were upgraded from non-Listed Black Type status. Fourteen races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2016 are no longer eligible for grading. One race was upgraded to Grade I status for 2017: the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. Three races were downgraded from Grade I to Grade II for 2017: the Wood Memorial S. at Aqueduct, Mother Goose S. at Belmont Park and Toyota Blue Grass S. at Keeneland. Four races were upgraded to Grade II status for 2017: the Knickerbocker S. and Belmont Sprint Championship S. at Belmont Park, Woodford S. at Keeneland and Penn Mile S. at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.https://toba.org/toba-announces-u-s-graded-and-listed-stakes-for-2017/Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT2016-12-02T08:00:00TOBA Announces U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes for 2017While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/218073/kentucky-drug-testing-lab-enjoys-expansionWed, 30 Nov 2016 11:12:00 GMT2016-11-30T11:12:00Kentucky Drug Testing Lab Enjoys ExpansionIn a special meeting Nov. 22 in Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approved a rule that will require advance-deposit wagering (ADW) companies that operate in the state acquire a bond of up to $500,000 as a condition of licensing.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/217886/kentucky-to-require-adw-companies-be-bondedMon, 28 Nov 2016 09:34:00 GMT2016-11-28T09:34:00Kentucky to Require ADW Companies be BondedA legislative panel got a snapshot of Kentucky's horse-racing industry during a meeting today at Turfway Park.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-legislative-panel-discusses-need-historical-racing/Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:28:00 GMT2016-11-28T09:28:00Kentucky Legislative Panel Discusses ‘Importance’ Of Historical RacingHistory was made Tuesday in both the commonwealth and the nation. A political outsider won the presidency and did so while ignoring conventional political wisdom regarding campaign tactics.http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article113759698.htmlFri, 11 Nov 2016 10:13:00 GMT2016-11-11T10:13:00GOP election gains will aid Kentucky, AmericaState lawmakers on Wednesday expressed reservations about passing stronger penalties for animal cruelty in the wake of a Mercer County case involving 43 abandoned and neglected horses.http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article113701134.htmlWed, 09 Nov 2016 09:26:00 GMT2016-11-09T09:26:00Push for stronger penalties in abandoned horses cases meets lawmaker oppositionThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect officers and members of the Board of Directors. Members of the KTA/KTOB Board of Directors serve three year terms are elected by the full membership of the organization.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ktaktob-elects-officers-and-directors-for-2016-2017.htmlFri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT2016-11-04T00:00:00KTA/KTOB Elects Officers and Directors for 2016-2017Betting on historical horse racing, the only kind of legal electronic gambling in Kentucky, was up 51.5 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago, to almost $72 million before payouts were made to winners, according to figures reported by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article112013392.htmlWed, 02 Nov 2016 09:44:00 GMT2016-11-02T09:44:00Betting increases at gambling parlor operated by Red Mile, KeenelandThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will likely run double-blind quality assurance testing on its lab after the state’s Equine Drug Research Council approved plans Oct. 28 to carry out such tests.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/216242/kentucky-likely-to-put-labs-to-the-testTue, 01 Nov 2016 08:47:00 GMT2016-11-01T08:47:00Kentucky Likely to Put Labs to the TestKeeneland closed its 2016 Fall Meet, which celebrated the 80th anniversary of racing at the world-famous track, on Saturday with record total on-track attendance of 276,543 and substantial gains in on-track and all-sources wagering.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-2016-fall-meet-concludes-record-attendance-significant-increases-track-all-sourcesSat, 29 Oct 2016 09:21:00 GMT2016-10-29T09:21:00Keeneland 2016 Fall Meet Concludes with Record Attendance, Significant Increases in On-Track, All-Sources WageringThe Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the November Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) meeting. The November 15 panel discussion, "Kentucky Bred, Kentucky Proud: The Benefits of the KY-Bred Horse," will feature three speakers: Jamie Eads, Ryan Norton and a representative of the Department of Agriculture. They will discuss different breeding incentives as well as how stallion service fees are calculated. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to both equine professionals and horse owners and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 PM. The dinner will be held at the Fasig-Tipton dining room.http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/news/314799/Kentucky-Horse-Council-Announces-November-KENA-Topic-Kentucky-Bred-Kentucky-Proud.htmThu, 27 Oct 2016 09:38:00 GMT2016-10-27T09:38:00Kentucky Horse Council Announces November KENA Topic: "Kentucky Bred, Kentucky Proud"The American Horse Council (AHC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The AHC supports taking action to strengthen HPA regulations, but in its comments requested USDA make several important improvements to proposed rule.http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/ahc-comments-proposed-hpa-regulations/Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:34:00 GMT2016-10-25T09:34:00AHC Submits Comments on Proposed Horse Protection Act RegulationsThe Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2016 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 15, 2016, The Jockey Club reports that 1,423 stallions covered 33,746 mares in North America during 2016.http://thejockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=942Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:46:00 GMT2016-10-21T09:46:00The Jockey Club Releases 2016 Report of Mares Bred StatisticsDiscussion on how to rectify what was described as a "virtually nonexistent" voided claim rule in the state dominated conversation during an Oct. 20 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Safety and Welfare Committee at Kentucky Horse Park.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/215987/voided-claim-rule-discussed-by-khrc-committeeThu, 20 Oct 2016 09:46:00 GMT2016-10-20T09:46:00Voided Claim Rule Discussed By KHRC CommitteeA Mercer Circuit Court judge ruled that Charles Borell and his daughter, Maria, no longer own 42 horses found abandoned on a Mercer County farm in June.http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Judge-rules-Borells-have-no-claim-to-abandoned-horses-in-Mercer-County-397803101.htmlThu, 20 Oct 2016 09:42:00 GMT2016-10-20T09:42:00Judge rules Borells have no claim to abandoned horses in Mercer CountyNext year’s Kentucky Derby will offer improved spaces for horse owners and big bettors to watch the action and the races.http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article109010457.htmlTue, 18 Oct 2016 10:55:00 GMT2016-10-18T10:55:00Churchill Downs renovating clubhouse space used by owners, VIP bettorsLeading racetrack surface researcher and analyst Mick Peterson has been hired to be the first full-time director of the University of Kentucky's Ag Equine Programs, the multidisciplinary program that serves as a gateway to all equine activities in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Dickson Professor of Equine Science and Management. He will start January 2017.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/215758/peterson-to-head-ag-program-in-kentuckyTue, 11 Oct 2016 12:42:00 GMT2016-10-11T12:42:00Peterson to Head Ag Program in KentuckyFletcher and Carolyn Gray’s homebred I’m a Chatterbox swept past pacesetting Paid Up Subscriber at the head of the stretch and drew away for a seven-length victory to win the 61st running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares. The Sunday afternoon crowd of 18,454 boosted the Oct. 7-9 Fall Stars Weekend attendance to a record 66,437, topping the 62,454 figure established in 2006.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/fall-stars-weekend-concludes-record-attendance-win-i%E2%80%99m-chatterbox-juddmonte-spinsterSun, 09 Oct 2016 10:10:00 GMT2016-10-09T10:10:00Fall Stars Weekend Concludes with Record AttendanceKentucky Downs started September with a record-setting live race meet and concluded with the track's best month ever for historical horse racing, topping $42 million in wagering on the innovative gaming technology that adheres to pari-mutuel methodology while patrons wager on previously-run races.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-downs-reports-record-setting-september-live-historical-racing/Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:46:00 GMT2016-10-04T08:46:00KY Downs Reports Record-Setting September For Both Live And Historical RacingThere will be no battle of September race dates in Kentucky this year, as the 2017 schedule will look a lot like 2016.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/215577/no-changes-in-2017-kentucky-race-datesTue, 04 Oct 2016 08:26:00 GMT2016-10-04T08:26:00No Changes in 2017 Kentucky Race DatesAll-sources and average daily handle increased 1.2% during the 11-day September meet at Churchill Downs that ended Oct. 2, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/215549/churchill-downs-handle-up-slightlyMon, 03 Oct 2016 08:31:00 GMT2016-10-03T08:31:00Churchill Downs Handle Up SlightlyLexington tourism officials say the most frequent question they were asked for decades was this: “How can I get on a horse farm?”http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article105131521.htmlFri, 30 Sep 2016 13:30:00 GMT2016-09-30T13:30:00By literally opening their gates, Kentucky horse farms hope to create more fansCharles “Chuck” Borell, father of horse trainer Maria Borell, will not serve jail time after accepting a plea deal Thursday on charges related to the abandonment of 43 horses in Mercer County.http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/crime/article104869826.htmlThu, 29 Sep 2016 09:06:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:06:00Chuck Borell will not go to jail after plea deal in horse abuse caseThe Jockey Club reported that 1,923 stallions covered 36,964 mares in North America in 2015 and those breedings have resulted in 21,991 live foals, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 15, 2016. They estimate that the number of live foals reported so far is about 90% complete. The reporting of live foals of 2016 is down 0.5% from 2015 when 22,104 live foals were reported.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/the-jockey-club-releases-2015-breeding-statistics/Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:41:00 GMT2016-09-22T13:41:00The Jockey Club Releases 2015 Breeding StatisticsIn conjunction with Fayette County Farm Bureau and Fayette County Neighborhood Council, we circulated a 2016 LFUCG City Council Election Questionnaire to the candidates running for City Council. These questionnaires are a cornerstone of our voter education efforts.http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8dbfa4360f6bca037e8a0d5f7&id=139ebd78bf&e=333f81e14cThu, 15 Sep 2016 10:46:00 GMT2016-09-15T10:46:00City Council Candidates Share Their Views on Important Issues Facing our CommunityWith record purses attracting full fields and low takeout sparking interest from horseplayers, Kentucky Downs closed its five-date boutique meet Sept. 15 with total wagering up nearly 34 percent.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/215059/another-handle-spike-for-kentucky-downsThu, 15 Sep 2016 08:30:00 GMT2016-09-15T08:30:00Another Handle Spike for Kentucky DownsP lease join us for a trail ride at the Kentucky Horse Park to benefit HORSES and HOPE® – a partnership started with the Kentucky Cancer Program in 2008. The initiative was created to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening, and treatment referral among Kentucky’s signature horse industry. The success of HORSES and HOPE® led to outreach services for other uninsured and medically underserved groups along with special events throughout the year to honor breast cancer survivors.http://www.kycancerprogram.org/pdf-files/2016-horses-and-hope-trail-ride-brochureWed, 14 Sep 2016 07:48:00 GMT2016-09-14T07:48:00HORSES and HOPE Trail Ride at the Kentucky Horse Park - September 18Noting the drying up of money from off-track betting locations in the state, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders will increase registration fees for eligible Kentucky-breds beginning Jan. 1, 2017.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/214818/registration-fees-for-kentucky-breds-increase?source=rssFri, 09 Sep 2016 15:17:00 GMT2016-09-09T15:17:00Registration Fees for Kentucky-Breds IncreaseNo one knew quite what to expect when a group of industry leaders put their heads together and created Horse Country Tours, an organization that would coordinate tours of the Lexington area farms and other equine-related businesses the in hopes that it would spur interest in the sport. Up and officially running only since the beginning of the year, Horse Country Tours is still in its infancy and data is just starting to rolling in, but every indication is that the tours are, and will continue to be, a big success.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/horse-country-tours-a-big-hit/Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:04:00 GMT2016-09-09T15:04:00Horse Country Tours a Big HitA board that oversees conservation easements designed to protect Fayette County farmland voted Monday to pursue an appraisal for the development rights of a 1,000-acre horse farm on Iron Works Pike.http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article98716387.htmlMon, 29 Aug 2016 09:37:00 GMT2016-08-29T09:37:00Conservation board votes to pursue appraisal of Castleton LyonsLexington’s Rural Land Management Board might decide Monday whether it will spend millions of dollars over the coming years to buy development rights for the 1,000-acre Castleton Lyons farm, which claims to be the largest privately owned unprotected parcel of farmland in Fayette County.http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article98056862.htmlFri, 26 Aug 2016 09:05:00 GMT2016-08-26T09:05:00Should taxpayers spend millions to protect a 1,000-acre horse farm from development?More than $15 million has gone into purses paid to owners running their thoroughbreds at Kentucky Downs the past four years as a direct result of the track's 2011 installation of historical horse racing. And that's not counting the almost $7 million earmarked for the upcoming five-date meet for purses and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) purse supplements derived from the innovative gaming technology that adheres to pari-mutuel methodology. The remainder of purse money is generated from betting on track and through simulcast wagering across the country on live racing. Kentucky Downs is offering overall purses, including KTDF, of $7.8 million for the unique all-grass meet that runs Sept. 3, 8, 10, 11 and 15.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/tremendous-impact-historical-horse-racing-fuels-record-purses-ky-downs/Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:52:00 GMT2016-08-23T09:52:00‘A Tremendous Impact’: Historical Horse Racing Fuels Record Purses At KY DownsThe third annual Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day at Kentucky Downs is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3. Kentucky Downs designated two stakes races and five overnight races on that date to be available for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to sell sponsorships.http://thejockeyclub.com/default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=931Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:56:00 GMT2016-08-22T09:56:00Kentucky Downs Schedules Day to Support ResearchContinued growth in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fueled an increase in earnings for the racing segment of Churchill Downs Inc. in the second quarter of 2016.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/213899/cdi-reports-27-increase-in-net-incomeWed, 03 Aug 2016 11:33:00 GMT2016-08-03T11:33:00CDI Reports 27% Increase in Net IncomeChurchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (NASDAQ: CHDN) and Saratoga Casino Holdings, LLC (“SCH”) have formed a new company to execute the definitive agreement to acquire these equity interests, Old Bay Gaming & Racing, LLC ("Buyer"), which is fifty percent (50%) owned by CDI and fifty percent (50%) owned by SCH. By virtue of its twenty five percent (25%) ownership of SCH, CDI will indirectly own an additional twelve and one-half percent (12.5%) of Buyer for a total interest in Buyer of sixty-two and one-half percent (62.5%). The economic terms of the transaction are confidential.https://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/our_company/company_news/2016/08/02/churchill_downs_incorporated_and_saratoga_casino_holdings_llc_anTue, 02 Aug 2016 11:07:00 GMT2016-08-02T11:07:00Churchill Downs Incorporated and Saratoga Casino Holdings, LLC Announce Purchase of Casino at Ocean Downs and Ocean Downs RacetrackThe August 1st deadline is less than a week away for the first-ever Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA) here in the U.S. Sponsored by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin, awards will be given in five categories with a total of $115,000 in prize money to be distributed.http://www.kentuckybred.org/Domains/www.kentuckybred.org/CMSFiles/Docs/Godolphin%20Press%20Release%207-257-25-2016-15-4-19-413.pdfThu, 28 Jul 2016 15:21:00 GMT2016-07-28T15:21:00Deadline August 1st for Inaugural Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards launched in USAThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund accumulated $10.36 million from the state's 6% sales tax on stallion fees for fiscal 2016 and expects the number of mares registered to the program to be similar to that of fiscal 2015.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/213702/ky-incentive-fund-holds-steady-for-2016Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT2016-07-28T12:00:00KY Incentive Fund Holds Steady for 2016The American Horse Council Foundation is seeking to update the Economic Impact Study of the Horse Industry in 2017.http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/ahcf-update-national-economic-impact-study/Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:25:00 GMT2016-07-28T08:25:00American Horse Council to Update National Economic Impact StudyAttorneys for Kentucky Downs and for the Family Foundation sparred Monday in Franklin Circuit Court over whether it matters if the replay of races used in historical horse racing are photographic or illustrations.http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article91739137.htmlMon, 25 Jul 2016 08:28:00 GMT2016-07-25T08:28:00Judge might rule on part of historical racing case within a weekOfficials from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say they've found at least temporary homes for 15 of the 43 horses declared abandoned last month at a Mercer County farm and are working to find homes for the 28 horses who remain.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/213459/ky-busy-finding-homes-for-abandoned-horsesFri, 22 Jul 2016 08:26:00 GMT2016-07-22T08:26:00KY Busy Finding Homes for Abandoned HorsesEllis Park is teaming with its horsemen’s association to provide the public with a behind-the-scenes look at preparing horses for the races.http://ellisparkracing.com/2016/07/20/ellis-park-offering-up-close-look-at-preparing-horses-for-races/Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:42:00 GMT2016-07-20T08:42:00Ellis Park offering up-close look at preparing horses for racesKentucky Downs, in its never-ending mission of enhancing its lucrative all-grass racing program, will stage two $75,000 starter-allowance races on Sept. 11, with the winners automatically qualifying for the $1.1 million Claiming Crown program Dec. 3 at South Florida’s Gulfstream Park.https://www.kentuckydowns.com/kentucky-downs-offering-claiming-crown-preps/Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:35:00 GMT2016-07-19T09:35:00Kentucky Downs offering Claiming Crown prepsEllis Park is teaming with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to promote the industry-wide venture that provides funding for rehabilitation and retraining of retired racehorses to make sure they have good homes and often second careers after the racetrack.http://ellisparkracing.com/2016/07/13/ellis-park-staging-thoroughbred-aftercare-day-july-17/Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:54:00 GMT2016-07-11T09:54:00Ellis Park staging Thoroughbred Aftercare Day July 17Twelve years after it was founded, the Backside Learning Center is operating as an independent nonprofit organization.http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2016/07/05/this-louisville-nonprofit-now-stands-on-its-own.htmlThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:10:00 GMT2016-07-07T17:10:00This Louisville nonprofit now stands on its ownKentucky Downs is having its first major remodeling done in its 26 year existence. The owners plan to knock down a few interior walls to open up the playing floor along with moving its full bar to an all new exterior glass enclosure. They also plan to give the outside an overall face lift by moving away from a completely brick exterior to a more modern look.http://www.wbko.com/content/news/Kentucky-Downs-remodeling-both-interor-and-exteroir-to-have-a-385612011.htmlTue, 05 Jul 2016 12:09:00 GMT2016-07-05T12:09:00Kentucky Downs is remodeling both interior and exterior of its complexAfter reading multiple reports, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association is currently monitoring the situation in Mercer County regarding alleged abandonment of multiple horses. The KTA, Breeders Cup Ltd., and the Consignors and Breeders Association are prepared to render assistance if and when requested by civil authorities.http://www.kentuckybred.org/a_press-release.htmlFri, 01 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT2016-07-01T04:00:00Press ReleaseRoyal Ascot is widely considered the world’s highest-class Thoroughbred race meeting, and it lived up to its billing once again last week. With six races a day spread over five days of unmatched pageantry and pomp at the Queen of England’s racecourse, 23 of the 30 races earn their winners black type, 18 are group races, and eight are Group 1 races.http://www.drf.com/news/sparkman-american-breds-post-strong-results-royal-ascotFri, 24 Jun 2016 10:28:00 GMT2016-06-24T10:28:00Sparkman: American-breds post strong results at Royal AscotThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced June 21 the committee structure and members for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/212672/kentucky-regulator-announces-committeesTue, 21 Jun 2016 11:21:00 GMT2016-06-21T11:21:00Kentucky Regulator Announces CommitteesKeeneland will offer 17 graded stakes worth $5.275 million during its 2016 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 7-29, which kicks off with nine graded stakes presented as part of the track’s prestigious Fall Stars Weekend. Eight Fall Meet stakes are Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” events with winners automatically qualifying for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 4-5.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-schedules-lucrative-2016-fall-meet-stakes-scheduleMon, 20 Jun 2016 14:19:00 GMT2016-06-20T14:19:00Keeneland Schedules Lucrative 2016 Fall Meet Stakes ScheduleNet proceeds from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association’s 2016 Derby Trainers’ Dinner, held in Louisville on May 3rd, raised $19,098.00 for two charities located on the backside of Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Backside Learning Center and The Healing Place at Churchill Downs.http://www.kentuckybred.org/2016-derby-trainers’-dinner-raises-over-19000.htmlFri, 27 May 2016 08:45:00 GMT2016-05-27T08:45:002016 Derby Trainers’ Dinner raises over $19,000Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday scrapped the existing Kentucky Horse Park Commission, including former first lady Jane Beshear, and appointed a new commission, including the chairwoman and two members he appointed in March.http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article79587042.htmlTue, 24 May 2016 09:46:00 GMT2016-05-24T09:46:00Bevin scraps Kentucky Horse Park Commission in advance of special meetingAs part of the agenda for its first meeting since last month’s reorganization of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, EquiLottery Founder and CEO Brad Cummings presented the backstory and game concept for EquiLottery, a lottery game based on the results of live horse racing, along with Kentucky research and new game elements. This innovative lottery and racing game would deliver instant exposure and new revenue to Kentucky horse racing on a daily basis.http://www.equilottery.com/2016/05/18/vision-for-equilottery-introduced-to-kentucky-horse-racing-commission/Wed, 18 May 2016 09:19:00 GMT2016-05-18T09:19:00Vision for EquiLottery Introduced to Kentucky Racing CommissionThe revamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a new set of regulations that will increase the amount paid to jockeys for losing mounts in races in the state with purses or $50,000 or less.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-commission-raises-jockey-fees-losing-mountsTue, 17 May 2016 16:19:00 GMT2016-05-17T16:19:00Kentucky commission raises jockey fees for losing mountsBreeders' Cup intends to legislatively pursue a pari-mutuel tax break for its 2018 World Championships at Churchill Downs, but the form it takes could hinge on input from members of the Kentucky General Assembly.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/211533/potential-breeders-cup-tax-break-debatedTue, 10 May 2016 08:58:00 GMT2016-05-10T08:58:00Potential Breeders' Cup Tax Break DebatedAdversaries were united by their passion for racing and their hopes for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when the annual Trainers' Dinner was held on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/211341/adversaries-unite-at-trainers-dinnerThu, 05 May 2016 10:21:00 GMT2016-05-05T10:21:00Adversaries Unite at Trainers' DinnerKeeneland concluded its 2016 Spring Meet on Friday, April 29, with robust increases in attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering. Healthy results, which included an all-time single-day handle record on Toyota Blue Grass Day, were driven by top-quality racing that featured the return of a number of horses who competed in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland last fall; unique special events highlighted by Hall of Fame Jockey Day; and the arrival of warm, sunny spring weather.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-closes-2016-spring-meet-strong-gains-attendance-and-wageringMon, 02 May 2016 15:08:00 GMT2016-05-02T15:08:00Keeneland Closes 2016 Spring Meet With Strong Gains in Attendance and WageringA week and a half before one of Thoroughbred racing’s biggest events, the Kentucky Derby, Gov. Matt Bevin named 12 new members to the regulatory body that governs racing.http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article74260552.htmlFri, 29 Apr 2016 11:21:00 GMT2016-04-29T11:21:00Bevin appoints new Kentucky racing commissionThe Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced that it will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky in 2018. As part of the company’s ongoing strategy to maintain a three-year out host site plan, Breeders’ Cup will work closely with Churchill Downs and the local Louisville community to drive excitement and anticipation for the event over the next few years.http://www.breederscup.com/media-center/press-releases/2016-04-25Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:12:00 GMT2016-04-29T11:12:00Breeders' Cup to return to Churchill Downs in 2018Enhancing what already is American racing’s most lucrative purse program, Kentucky Downs is offering an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its unique five-date, all-grass meet in September.https://www.kentuckydowns.com/kentucky-downs-enhances-its-record-purses/Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:38:00 GMT2016-04-26T08:38:00Kentucky Downs enhances its record pursesIn two days Churchill Downs Inc. sold out all 200 available memberships for its first racing club.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/211073/churchill-to-offer-second-racing-clubSun, 24 Apr 2016 08:50:00 GMT2016-04-24T08:50:00Churchill to Offer Second Racing ClubBut that’s not to say that gender doesn’t color their management style. Having competitive personalities is a prerequisite in their industry, Cobb and Hale said, but for them, it’s more about being tenacious in pursuit of their own high goals than beating the next guy, which has helped the recent collaborative efforts to come naturally. And both are passionate about protecting the future of the sport and the legacies of their respective institutions.http://bizlex.com/2016/04/229611/2/Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:44:00 GMT2016-04-24T08:44:00The smart money at Lexington’s tracks: Keeneland and Red Mile CFOs raise the stakes through confident collaborationHave you ever wondered what it’s like to own a Thoroughbred racehorse that resides in the barn of a Hall of Fame trainer? Churchill Downs Racetrack will give 200 people that chance this spring through the creation of the new Churchill Downs Racing Club – a low-cost pathway that introduces people to the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership.https://www.kentuckyderby.com/uploads/wysiwyg/assets/uploads/20160422_Churchill_Downs_Racing_Club.pdfSat, 23 Apr 2016 08:45:00 GMT2016-04-23T08:45:00Churchill Downs Gives Fans Chance to Experience Thrills of Thoroughbred Ownership Through New Churchill Downs Racing ClubOwnerView, the Thoroughbred owner resource developed by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), announced today that registration is open for the third edition of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference being held at Santa Anita Park, October 31 - November 3, 2016, the same week as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.http://thejockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=905Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:04:00 GMT2016-04-22T09:04:00Registration Opens for Third Thoroughbred Owner ConferenceLITTLEPRINCESSEMMA, dam of Triple Crown winner AMERICAN PHAROAH, honored as 2015 Broodmare of the Year. MICHAEL BLOWEN receives Special Achievement for his dedication to providing retirement for Thoroughbred heroes.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-thoroughbred-owners-and-breeders-(ktob)-announce-2016-ky-bred-champions-merit-award-winners-ktdf-leaders-and-special-achievement-award.htmlThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:15:00 GMT2016-04-21T14:15:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders (KTOB) Announce 2015 KY-Bred Champions, Merit Award Winners, KTDF Leaders, and Special Achievement AwardA little over six months ago, Keeneland and Red Mile opened a gambling parlor with 902 instant racing machines and a joint simulcasting room at the harness track.http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article72326197.htmlSun, 17 Apr 2016 11:07:00 GMT2016-04-17T11:07:00Six months into instant racing, Red Mile gambling handle rising steadilyMarch is traditionally one of the best months — if not the best month — of the year for slot-like historical horse racing in Kentucky, and the 2016 edition was no exception, according to the latest statistics from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.https://barn6a.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/kentucky-slot-like-games-see-second-consecutive-record-month/Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:38:00 GMT2016-04-13T10:38:00Kentucky Slot-Like Games See Second Consecutive Record MonthKeeneland will begin its spring meet with a bump in overnight purses, but track officials hope it's the start of steady growth made possible by revenue from Lexington's historical race wagering facility.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/98937/ky-historical-racing-benefits-continue-growthFri, 08 Apr 2016 14:14:00 GMT2016-04-08T14:14:00KY Historical Racing Benefits Continue GrowthThe decades-old Kentucky Derby Trainers’ Dinner held on the Tuesday before the big race is annually one of the most forward-facing social highlights of Derby week. But attendees who buy tickets for this year’s May 3 fete will be helping to support two worthy backstretch charitable organizations whose behind-the-scenes work helps racetrackers and their families long after the spotlight of the Derby has dimmed at Churchill Downs.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ktaktob-helps-to-raise-profile-of-backstretch-support-systems/Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:09:00 GMT2016-04-01T15:09:00KTA/KTOB Helps to Raise Profile of Backstretch Support SystemsOfficials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company (OBS) jointly announced today that they have amended the anabolic androgenic steroid policy to delete the “45-day” rule regarding the use of steroids in weanlings, yearlings and 2-year-olds at any time prior to sale. The revised Conditions of Sale become effective July 1, 2016.http://www.keeneland.com/sales/keeneland-fasig-tipton-and-ocala-breeders%E2%80%99-sales-amend-anabolic-steroid-policy-auctionsTue, 22 Mar 2016 09:49:00 GMT2016-03-22T09:49:00Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Amend Anabolic Steroid Policy for AuctionsTax Tips for Horse Owners from the American Horse Council is now available for purchase. It provides a quick rundown of tax laws and tax tips that affect horse owners and breeders! Free with certain levels of AHC membership or available for $10 per copy.http://www.horsecouncil.org/product/tax-tips-for-horse-owners/Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:34:00 GMT2016-03-18T14:34:00Tax Tips for Horse Owners from the American Horse Council is now available for purchaseThe first observed Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 17 in Scott County north of Lexington, according to officials at the University of Kentucky.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/98438/tent-caterpillars-arriving-early-in-kentuckyThu, 17 Mar 2016 08:26:00 GMT2016-03-17T08:26:00Tent Caterpillars Arriving Early in KentuckyThe Kentucky Equine Education Project and Turfway Park March 14 said the Northern Kentucky track would rejoin the horse industry advocacy group and have a seat on the KEEP board of directors.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/98359/turfway-park-rejoins-kentucky-advocacy-groupMon, 14 Mar 2016 09:27:00 GMT2016-03-14T09:27:00Turfway Park Rejoins Kentucky Advocacy GroupThe Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has formed a committee to examine the 170 differences between its drug and medication classification schedule, and the recommendations of the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/98315/kentucky-to-examine-its-drug-classificationsFri, 11 Mar 2016 10:59:00 GMT2016-03-11T10:59:00Kentucky to Examine Its Drug ClassificationsChurchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) today launched the Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, the only online resale marketplace to provide fans with a secure, reliable and convenient place to buy and resell tickets to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks. As the Derby's only authorized resale platform, the Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange guarantees that fans will receive legitimate, Ticketmaster Verified tickets. The Kentucky Derby encourages fans seeking to buy or resell tickets to only use the Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange.http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/churchill-downs-teams-with-ticketmaster-to-launch-kentucky-derby-ticket-exchange-the-official-fan-to-fan-resale-marketplace-of-the-kentucky-derby-300233695.htmlThu, 10 Mar 2016 08:19:00 GMT2016-03-10T08:19:00Churchill Downs Teams With Ticketmaster To Launch Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange, The Official Fan-To-Fan Resale Marketplace Of The Kentucky DerbyKentucky Downs and Encore Racing Based Games (RBG) today announced an agreement to add 143 additional Encore Historic Horse Racing terminals at the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack. The expansion will take the total machine count at Kentucky Downs to 643 Encore terminals.http://www.kctv5.com/story/31438859/kentucky-downs-and-encore-announce-expansion-agreement-following-record-setting-februaryThu, 10 Mar 2016 07:00:00 GMT2016-03-10T07:00:00Kentucky Downs And Encore Announce Expansion Agreement Following Record Setting FebruaryThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today released the 2015 Annual Report for its bipartisan federal Political Action Committee, Horse PAC.https://www.ntra.com/ntra-issues-2015-horse-pac-annual-report/Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:47:00 GMT2016-03-02T09:47:00NTRA Issues 2015 Horse PAC Annual ReportLegislation that would revamp the Kentucky Horse Park's governing body completed its quick trip through the state Senate on Monday in a partisan debate focusing on the tourist attraction's top manager.http://www.kentucky.com/latest-news/article63216247.htmlMon, 29 Feb 2016 11:31:00 GMT2016-02-29T11:31:00Bill trimming horse park's governing body passes SenateThe Jockey Club announced today that the 2016 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com.http://jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=888Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:55:00 GMT2016-02-24T14:55:002016 Fact Book Available on The Jockey Club WebsiteBuoyed by its online games and casino business, Churchill Downs Inc. on Wednesday reported record revenue of more than $1.2 billion for the year, up 49 percent from the previous year.http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article62267422.htmlWed, 24 Feb 2016 09:55:00 GMT2016-02-24T09:55:00Churchill Downs net revenue surges to $1.2 billion for yearClaiming that “things have gone awry” at the Kentucky Horse Park, Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer successfully urged a Senate committee Tuesday to sign off on his proposal to reorganize the park’s governing board.http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article61999382.htmlTue, 23 Feb 2016 14:52:00 GMT2016-02-23T14:52:00Senate panel approves bill to reorganize Kentucky Horse Park’s governing boardHistorical wagering at the Red Mile in Lexington, conducted in partnership with Keeneland, enjoyed a fast start in its initial months of operation in 2015.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/97885/keeneland-red-mile-historical-racing-a-hitFri, 19 Feb 2016 14:58:00 GMT2016-02-19T14:58:00Keeneland-Red Mile Historical Racing a HitTo assist veterinarians in the medical treatment of racehorses, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) created a Controlled Therapeutic Substances (CTS) list. The CTS list sets forth therapeutic medications that veterinarians can use, together with defined regulatory thresholds and withdrawal times.http://rmtcnet.com/racing-medication-and-testing-consortium-scientific-advisory-committee-statement/Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:50:00 GMT2016-02-19T14:50:00Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Scientific Advisory Committee StatementThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced today the release of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds, totaling more than $10.5 million on nearly 4,000 races. KTBIF horses won 260 graded races in the U.S. and 31 group pattern races in Canada, England, France and Ireland. 2015 was a successful year for Kentucky-breds with the biggest highlight coming from Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who also went on to capture the Breeders’ Cup Classic, creating history’s first grand slam winner. For the first time, Darley tops the list with 91 wins—including wins at three Kentucky racetracks.http://wmskamfm.com/kentucky-breeders-win-worldwide-including-260-graded-races-in-the-us-and-31-group-pattern-wins/Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:45:00 GMT2016-02-19T12:45:00Kentucky Breeders Win Worldwide—Including 260 Graded Races in the US and 31 Group Pattern WinsThe Kentucky Equine Humane Center will be hosting our annual Stock the Barn Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, Kentucky. Our goal is to raise money for the care of the horses who are temporarily residing at our center while going through rehabilitation and training in order to find their forever homes.http://www.kyehc.org/Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:28:00 GMT2016-02-18T16:28:00Kentucky Equine Humane Center: Stock the Barn FundraiserLexington attracted double-digit growth in tourism in 2015 as a result of the Breeders' Cup and increases in local food and beverage attractions, according to statistics released today from VisitLEX. In turn, national media attention also was focused on the community.http://www.visitlex.com/articles/view/lexington-tourism-gains-national-momentum-in-2015/926/Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:33:00 GMT2016-02-17T12:33:00Lexington tourism gains national momentum in 2015The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) Board of Directors release the nominees for 2015 KTA/KTOB KY-bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year. The KY-bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year will be voted upon by ALL eligible KTA/KTOB members and will be completed on Friday, February 19th. The winners of each division will be announced at the KTOB Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 21st, 2016.http://www.kentuckybred.org/2015-ky-bred-champions-and-broodmare-of-the-year-nominees.htmlFri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:00 GMT2016-02-12T09:00:002015 KY-Bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year NomineesA bill that would provide a tax break for Kentucky's horse industry advanced Feb. 10, when the Kentucky House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved HB 112.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/97707/kentucky-advances-equine-tax-break-billThu, 11 Feb 2016 08:42:00 GMT2016-02-11T08:42:00Kentucky Advances Equine Tax Break BillAfter years of failed attempts by former Gov. Steve Beshear and other legislators and business leaders to expand gaming and allow casinos in Kentucky, the legislation has resurfaced this year.http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2016/02/02/expanded-gaming-is-back-on-the-agenda-in-kentucky.htmlTue, 02 Feb 2016 09:22:00 GMT2016-02-02T09:22:00Expanded gaming is back on the agenda in KentuckyKentucky boasted some very impressive statistics in 2015. Thanks to a successful Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, total all-sources handle in Kentucky surpassed the billion-dollar mark ($1.046 billion), a first since 2008. Moreover, the national telecasts of the Kentucky Derby & Oaks, and both days of the Breeders’ Cup scored the highest television ratings since 1992 and 1995, respectively.http://www.kentuckybred.org/update-from-the-kta-executive-director-chocolate-cookies-and-four-million.htmlFri, 29 Jan 2016 10:57:00 GMT2016-01-29T10:57:00Update from the KTA Executive Director: Chocolate Cookies and Four MillionThere will be a CBA Educational Symposium on February 2, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. You must pre-register to attend the symposium.http://www.kentuckybred.org/cba-educational-symposium--february-2-2016.htmlFri, 29 Jan 2016 10:00:00 GMT2016-01-29T10:00:00CBA Educational Symposium - February 2, 2016Production of quality horse feed has evolved into a combination of natural ingredients and science. And just because a product is widely accepted doesn't mean it's not under regular review—by users and producers.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/97415/ky-company-horse-feed-evolve-with-scienceThu, 28 Jan 2016 11:46:00 GMT2016-01-28T11:46:00KY Company, Horse Feed Evolve With ScienceFor Kentucky horse breeding to achieve success with its 2016 legislative priority item of sales tax parity, breeders and others need to become proactive within the legislative process, according to Ryan Quarles, a former state representative who was elected state Agriculture Commissioner.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/97239/ky-ag-commissioner-addresses-farm-managersWed, 20 Jan 2016 14:27:00 GMT2016-01-20T14:27:00KY Ag Commissioner Addresses Farm ManagersCompromise and unity were the buzzwords of the day as approximately 100 industry insiders gathered in the Keeneland Room at Keeneland Sunday evening for a panel discussion on the state of the American Thoroughbred industry presented by the KTA-KTOB’s Vision 20/20.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/racing-panel-calls-for-unity/Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:55:00 GMT2016-01-15T12:55:00Racing Panel Calls for UnityThe Thoroughbred industry has made meaningful progress in important areas such as medication, uniformity, and capitalizing on big events, but greater unity is needed going forward, especially if federal legislation on medication and drug-testing is to be achieved.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/97042/unity-top-topic-at-racing-industry-forumFri, 15 Jan 2016 12:46:00 GMT2016-01-15T12:46:00Unity Top Topic at Racing Industry ForumIn 1986, Harbor View Farm owner Louis Wolfson was fed up with the racing industry. He was so fed up that he needed a good vent, but since the Paulick Report's comment section wasn't available during those days, he self-published his own book titled, ‘The Future Looks Bleak For The Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Industry: Can It Survive??'http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/can-we-survive-lessons-in-human-nature-from-louis-wolfson/Fri, 15 Jan 2016 06:00:00 GMT2016-01-15T06:00:00Can We Survive? Lessons in Human Nature from Louis WolfsonLitigation surrounding the license for a Corbin quarter horse racing track continues after an injunction hearing scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.http://www.richmondregister.com/news/corbin-horse-racing-license-hearing-postponed/article_4300f83c-ba2c-11e5-af34-7780f8d9635c.htmlWed, 13 Jan 2016 12:40:00 GMT2016-01-13T12:40:00Corbin horse racing license hearing postponedFor the second time in six months, Kentucky Downs, utilizing the Encore Racing Based Games (RBG) Historic Horse Racing system and games, broke their single month handle record. The $34,873,506 wagered in December set a new one-month HHR handle record, besting the record set in July by almost $500,000. Overall handle was up $7.84 million compared to last December.http://www.cbs19.tv/story/30887066/kentucky-downs-and-encore-set-new-single-month-historic-horse-racing-handle-recordFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:44:00 GMT2016-01-08T14:44:00Kentucky Downs and Encore Set New Single Month Historic Horse Racing Handle RecordThe 114th Congress, though it started with the partisan gridlock that has become the new normal in Washington, ended the year with a burst of productivity by passing several major pieces of legislation including a tax extender bill, an omnibus appropriations bill, and a five year highway bill. Each of these bills includes provisions favorable to the overall horse industry that have been priorities for the American Horse Council. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/congress-passes-flurry-of-bills-in-december/Tue, 05 Jan 2016 14:38:00 GMT2016-01-05T14:38:00Congress Passes Flurry of Bills in DecemberThe Kentucky attorney general’s office has issued an opinion stating that the state racing commission cannot delegate rule-making authority to private companies like racetracks, putting in jeopardy a plan by Keeneland to write races in which the race-day administration of the regulated medication Lasix would be prohibited.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-attorney-generals-office-says-tracks-cannot-write-lasix-free-racesTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:56:00 GMT2015-12-29T14:56:00Kentucky attorney general's office says tracks cannot write Lasix-free racesThe Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that the seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, June 28, in Lexington, Ky.http://jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=876Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:07:00 GMT2015-12-21T12:07:00Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VII Scheduled for June 28, 2016Provisions backed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) that offer relief for H-2B visa employers such as horse trainers were approved by Congress as part of the omnibus appropriations bill passed earlier today.http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2015/12/18/congress-passes-h-2b-visa-improvements-backed-by-ntra/Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:33:00 GMT2015-12-18T14:33:00Congress Passes H-2B Visa Improvements Backed by NTRAImportant tax incentives for horse owners – including a key provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2016 – were passed by Congress on Friday as part of comprehensive budget and tax legislation.http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2015/12/18/congress-passes-three-year-tax-depreciation-for-racehorses-other-incentives/Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:29:00 GMT2015-12-18T14:29:00Congress Passes Three-Year Tax Depreciation for Racehorses, Other IncentivesThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect officers and members of the Board of Directors.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ktaktob-elects-officers-and-directors-for-2015-2016.htmlThu, 10 Dec 2015 10:39:00 GMT2015-12-10T10:39:00KTA/KTOB Elects Officers and Directors for 2015-2016The Jockey Club reminds owners of unregistered yearlings and 2-year-olds that the requirements for registration must be completed by December 31, 2015, to avoid additional late registration fees.http://thejockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=871Tue, 01 Dec 2015 10:06:00 GMT2015-12-01T10:06:00End-of-Year Deadline for Registration ApproachingEfforts by Keeneland to open a Quarter Horse track in 2016 near Corbin, Ky, which also would offer historical racing, have been slowed by litigation and political maneuvering over its license application.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/96325/keenelands-quarter-horse-license-slowedTue, 01 Dec 2015 10:05:00 GMT2015-12-01T10:05:00Keeneland's Quarter Horse License SlowedAt what ended up Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Bob Beck's final meeting Tuesday -- Beck announced his resignation effective Dec. 8 at its close -- the KHRC approved a measure appropriate for its outgoing leadership.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/2015/12/01/khrc-chair-bob-beck-resigns-turfway-park-allowed-historical-racing/76621698/Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:47:00 GMT2015-12-01T09:47:00KHRC chair resigns; historic racing for TurfwayBefore Gov. Steve Beshear leaves office and Gov.-elect Matt Bevin can reconstitute the racing commission, the regulatory body will take up some key business on Tuesday: a request for a gambling parlor at Turfway Park in Florence and Keeneland’s plan to open a quarter horse track and gambling parlor in Corbin.http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article47184480.htmlMon, 30 Nov 2015 09:51:00 GMT2015-11-30T09:51:00Turfway Park plans gambling parlor; Keeneland applies for Corbin quarter horse licenseLexington set a new standard for cities hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and it appears likely the city will entertain the racing event again, Breeders’ Cup officials said Tuesday.http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article46367870.htmlWed, 25 Nov 2015 14:28:00 GMT2015-11-25T14:28:00Breeders’ Cup officials hail Lexington as a success as host cityTurfway Park has submitted an application for historical race wagering, according to an agenda for the Dec. 1 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/96145/turfway-applies-for-historical-race-wageringMon, 23 Nov 2015 14:33:00 GMT2015-11-23T14:33:00Turfway Applies for Historical Race WageringKeith Kaiser gives us a tour of the major changes at the Kentucky Derby Museum.http://www.wdrb.com/story/30582929/kentucky-derby-museum-renovates-great-hallMon, 23 Nov 2015 10:30:00 GMT2015-11-23T10:30:00Kentucky Derby Museum's "The Greatest Race" gets "ultra-HD" upgradeChurchill Downs Inc. announced after the close of trading Nov. 19 that it has repurchased nearly one milliion shares of its common stock from The Duchossois Group Inc. in a privately negotiated transaction.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/96074/cdi-repurchases-944756-duchossois-sharesThu, 19 Nov 2015 10:14:00 GMT2015-11-19T10:14:00CDI Repurchases 944,756 Duchossois SharesSuper horse American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and the first horse to capture horse racing’s Grand Slam by also winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, record attendance and rave reviews for first-time host Keeneland Race Course powered the 32nd edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.http://www.breederscup.com/media-center/press-releases/2015-11-17Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:18:00 GMT2015-11-17T09:18:00High Marks All Around for 32nd Breeders' Cup World Championships at KeenelandCongress will need to take action on all fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills before current funding expires December 11, 2015. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) appropriations bills, include important and helpful language that will make the H-2B program easier for employers to use. However, there is no guarantee this language will be included in the 2016 appropriations package or “Omnibus bill” that is being negotiated now and action is need immediately. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://www.horsecouncil.org/action-alert-support-h-2b-program-needed-now-0Wed, 04 Nov 2015 08:42:00 GMT2015-11-04T08:42:00Action Alert- Support for H-2B Program is Needed Now!Eyebrows rose in August 2014 after Breeders' Cup announced the 2015 World Championships would be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. Many wondered how a racetrack with an attendance record of nearly 40,700 was going to host an international event that had drawn more than 65,000 at other venues in the past.http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/wgoh/archive/2015/11/03/grand-slam-home-run.aspxTue, 03 Nov 2015 09:17:00 GMT2015-11-03T09:17:00Grand Slam Home RunAmerican Pharoah’s final competition made history as the Triple Crown winner raced to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and NBC posted the highest-rated Breeders’ Cup telecast in 20 years. A venue-record 50,155 watched the event in person at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY, on Saturday afternoon. With his dominating win last weekend, American Pharoah became the first horse to win racing’s “grand slam,” consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.http://www.lex18.com/story/30425192/2015-the-highest-rated-breeders-cup-telecast-in-20-yearsTue, 03 Nov 2015 09:11:00 GMT2015-11-03T09:11:002015 The Highest-Rated Breeders' Cup Telecast In 20 YearsThe broadcast of American Pharoah's victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 31 on NBC posted a 2.63/6 overnight rating—the best for the race since 2010.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/95671/nbcs-bc-classic-ratings-up-46Sun, 01 Nov 2015 09:09:00 GMT2015-11-01T09:09:00NBC's BC Classic Ratings Up 46%Churchill Downs will begin its fall meet Nov. 1 with higher purses and, if the first two programs are an indication, fields could be large for the 21-day session.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/95624/churchill-opens-with-purse-hike-large-fieldsSat, 31 Oct 2015 08:23:00 GMT2015-10-31T08:23:00Churchill Opens With Purse Hike, Large FieldsChurchill Downs Inc. reported a 19% increase in net earnings for the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same three months last year, and attributed a 61% spike in net revenue for the quarter to Big Fish Games, which it acquired late last year.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/95554/cdi-reports-increase-in-earnings-revenueThu, 29 Oct 2015 11:39:00 GMT2015-10-29T11:39:00CDI Reports Increase in Earnings, RevenueThe Jockey Club of Canada has joined the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, a group that supports federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication, testing, and enforcement.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/95461/jc-of-canada-joins-integrity-coalitionMon, 26 Oct 2015 14:05:00 GMT2015-10-26T14:05:00JC of Canada Joins Integrity CoalitionDespite a tussle over dates in September, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the calendar for 2016 on Monday.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/10/26/4106267_racing-commission-sets-kentucky.html?rh=1Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:22:00 GMT2015-10-26T10:22:00Racing commission sets Kentucky 2016 calendar datesKeeneland closed a memorable 2015 Fall Meet on Saturday, one that showcased 17 days of world-class Thoroughbred racing, featured the sport’s leading trainers and jockeys, and was conducted in a unique setting as the track prepares to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the first time on Oct. 30-31.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-concludes-historic-2015-fall-race-meet-0Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:58:00 GMT2015-10-26T09:58:00Keeneland Concludes Historic 2015 Fall Race MeetChurchill Downs is preparing to submit a bid to host the 2018 Breeders' Cup.http://www.wdrb.com/story/30341798/churchill-downs-preparing-a-bid-for-2018-breeders-cupSat, 24 Oct 2015 14:08:00 GMT2015-10-24T14:08:00Churchill Downs preparing a bid for 2018 Breeders' CupThe Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2015 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 13, 2015, The Jockey Club reports that 1,449 stallions covered 34,627 mares in North America during 2015.http://thejockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=863Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:59:00 GMT2015-10-22T11:59:00The Jockey Club Releases 2015 Report of Mares Bred StatisticsThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., 35 miles north of Nashville, Tenn., has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.http://www.kentuckydowns.com/kentucky-downs-re-accredited-by-ntra-safety-integrity-alliance/Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:36:00 GMT2015-10-19T11:36:00Kentucky Downs Re-Accredited by NTRA Safety & Integrity AllianceAt its October 13 meeting in Atlanta, GA, the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) took several actions that will improve the health and safety of horses, and also received important updates on a variety of reform initiatives currently in process nationwide.http://rmtcnet.com/rmtc-board-amends-its-list-of-controlled-therapeutic-medications-receives-update-on-national-uniform-medication-program-grants-interim-accreditation-to-texas-am-laboratory/Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:28:00 GMT2015-10-15T09:28:00RMTC Board Amends Its List of Controlled Therapeutic Medications, Receives Update on National Uniform Medication Program, Grants Interim Accreditation to Texas A&M LaboratoryKeeneland announced today that Dr. Mick Peterson, University of Maine Professor and executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, was on site this weekend, working with track officials to review testing and daily measuring procedures to ensure the safety of the dirt track. The review found that Keeneland’s dirt surface met all of the pre-meet test criteria and all maintenance had been performed in accordance with protocols developed for the track.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-issues-results-race-track-review-dr-mick-petersonMon, 12 Oct 2015 09:07:00 GMT2015-10-12T09:07:00Keeneland Issues Results of Race Track Review by Dr. Mick PetersonBoth the Keeneland Association and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have joined the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity in support of HR 3084, it was announced Thursday. The act, filed by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) in July, aims to establish a federal, non-governmental racing regulatory organization headed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ifha-joins-coalition-for-horseracing-integrity/Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:00:00 GMT2015-10-08T16:00:00Keeneland, IFHA Join Integrity CoalitionKentucky racetracks are again battling over who will race in September. Kentucky Downs, Ellis Park and Churchill Downs all want some dates in the month.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/10/06/4074403_churchill-wants-to-move-kentucky.html?rh=1Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:54:00 GMT2015-10-06T08:54:00Churchill wants to move Kentucky Downs racing out of September, possibly to August or JulyThe gambling parlor at Red Mile took in more than $5 million in wagers in the first 19 days it was open, according to figures reported to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/10/05/4072319_more-than-5-million-gambled-on.html?rh=1Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:12:00 GMT2015-10-05T09:12:00More than $5 million gambled on Red Mile machines in less than 3 weeksGov. Steve Beshear has appointed two new members and reappointed three to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/10/04/4071058/beshear-names-5-including-2-new.htmlSun, 04 Oct 2015 09:35:00 GMT2015-10-04T09:35:00Beshear names 5, including 2 new members, to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission"The core values of racing are still powerful, but we're losing the battle for new bettors and new fans. Serious intervention is required to stabilize the fan base and position the industry to resume growth." So begins the summary of a 2011 report commissioned by The Jockey Club on the state of the Thoroughbred racing industry.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/10/04/4070893_non-profit-seeks-to-promote-and.html?rh=1Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:34:00 GMT2015-10-04T09:34:00Non-profit seeks to promote and sell the experience of Kentucky's Horse CountryA survey of more than 1,800 Kentucky residents shows interest in and support for the proposed EquiLottery concept, company principals said the week of Sept. 27.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94850/equilottery-survey-shows-interest-in-gameFri, 02 Oct 2015 17:00:00 GMT2015-10-02T17:00:00EquiLottery Survey Shows Interest in GameDavid Switzer is the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus. Switzer, a 1967 graduate of the college, has been associated with the Thoroughbred industry for more than 50 years, working in both racing and breeding. For 21 years, he was the executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. He retired in 2014 and soon after began serving as a lobbyist for Keeneland Association and the KTA, where he continues to advocate for agriculture.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/uk-animal-and-food-sciences-department-names-distinguished-alumnus-hall-fame-inducteeFri, 02 Oct 2015 10:20:00 GMT2015-10-02T10:20:00UK Animal and Food Sciences Department names Distinguished Alumnus, Hall of Fame inducteeThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2015/10/2/keeneland-reaccredited-by-ntra-safety-and-integrity-alliance/Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:41:00 GMT2015-10-02T09:41:00Keeneland Reaccredited By NTRA Safety & Integrity AllianceThough the Breeders' Cup is still a month away, organizers already say many signs point to it being the most successful on several levels since the event was inaugurated in 1984.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94821/bc-economic-impact-looks-strongThu, 01 Oct 2015 11:32:00 GMT2015-10-01T11:32:00BC Economic Impact Looks StrongKentucky Downs ended its 2015 racing season with record numbers in every significant category, including starters per race, handle per race, and total purses paid. Starters per race averaged 10.6, up from 10.18 in 2014.http://www.kentuckydowns.com/kentucky-downs-2015-final-figures-show-across-the-board-increases/Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:59:00 GMT2015-10-01T09:59:00Kentucky Downs’ 2015 Final Figures Show Across the Board IncreasesGiving racing fans yet another alternative to experience the Breeders’ Cup in Lexington, Breeders’ Cup and Red Mile opened sales for the “Breeders’ Cup Bash” today at noon. To be hosted at the newly renovated Red Mile, the “Bash” will be held both days of the World Championships.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/breeders-cup-bash-tickets-now-on-sale/Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:09:00 GMT2015-09-29T09:09:00'Breeders Cup Bash' Tickets Now on SaleKeeneland will be the center of the Thoroughbred racing world this fall as the historic track embarks upon an unprecedented Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 2-24, which will climax at month’s end with a special day of racing, Prelude to the Cup on Oct. 29, followed by the $26 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Oct. 30-31.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/historic-keeneland-fall-meet-gets-underway-oct-2Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:07:00 GMT2015-09-29T09:07:00Historic Keeneland Fall Meet Gets Underway Oct. 2In the long-running instant racing legal saga, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, racetracks and the state steadfastly have maintained that historical wagering is parimutuel and that the winners are determined by previously run horse races.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/09/27/4059477_state-says-instant-racing-uses.html?rh=1Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:33:00 GMT2015-09-27T09:33:00State says instant racing uses random number generators for more than picking racesThere's no way to know how many Thoroughbreds would go to the post free of a controversial, but popular, drug until more tracks offer some Lasix-free races.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/09/25/4055035_beshear-should-ok-lasix-free-races.html?rh=1Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:02:00 GMT2015-09-25T09:02:00Beshear should OK Lasix-free racesWKYT is proud to announce its comprehensive coverage of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, including the exclusive live telecast of two Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday, October 31.http://www.wkyt.com/sports/headlines/WKYT-to-provide-live-coverage-of-Breeders-Cup-328851631.htmlWed, 23 Sep 2015 10:06:00 GMT2015-09-23T10:06:00WKYT to provide live coverage of Breeders' CupThe clock is ticking. There are less than six weeks until the Breeders' Cup comes to our very own Keeneland Race Course on Oct. 30 and 31, but if you think Bill Thomason's existence these days is a harried and difficult one, you don't know Keeneland's president and chief executive officer.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/09/22/4051057_john-clay-keeneland-president.html?rh=1Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:24:00 GMT2015-09-22T17:24:00John Clay: Keeneland president views Breeders' Cup as opportunity for innovationThe final day of live racing at Kentucky Downs supported a worthy cause and added a variety of fair-like events and attractions to an exceptional closing-day card, which was highlighted by four stakes.http://www.kentuckydowns.com/kentucky-downs-closes-its-2015-season-with-record-numbers/Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:53:00 GMT2015-09-19T09:53:00Kentucky Downs closes its 2015 season with record numbersKeeneland and Red Mile officially celebrated the opening of their jointly-owned historical racing parlor the morning of Sept. 17 and provided a positive outlook for the future of horse racing and breeding in Kentucky.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94487/lexington-historical-race-wagering-underwayThu, 17 Sep 2015 09:54:00 GMT2015-09-17T09:54:00Lexington Historical Race Wagering UnderwayKentucky Downs, which was rebuffed last year in its attempt to add racing days to its 2015 schedule, will try again for 2016, track president Corey Johnsen said Sept. 16.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94439/kentucky-downs-to-renew-quest-for-more-datesWed, 16 Sep 2015 09:58:00 GMT2015-09-16T09:58:00Kentucky Downs to Renew Quest for More DatesThis commentary is signed by Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders' Cup Ltd.; Arthur and Staci Hancock, owners of Stone Farm and Walking Horse Owners Association supporting members; Bill Lear, vice chairman of The Jockey Club; and Chauncey Morris, executive director of Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/09/14/4035520/anti-doping-agency-just-what-horse.htmlMon, 14 Sep 2015 19:03:00 GMT2015-09-14T19:03:00Anti-doping agency just what horse racing needsThe Breeders’ Cup today announced details for Taste of the World presented by WinStar Farm, one of the most exclusive, highly-anticipated annual entertainment events surrounding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Taking place on the evening of Thursday, October 29, the 5th Annual Taste of the World will kick-off the richest two days in sports and Triple Crown champion American Pharoah’s likely pursuit of the first-ever Grand Slam title at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 30-31. Offering the best of the best in horseracing and luxury hospitality, Breeders’ Cup has elevated the entertainment experience to an entirely new level with renowned chef and horseman Bobby Flay as this year’s event host and a special live performance by Superstar Tim McGraw. The star-studded evening with world-class entertainment and dining combined with the growing excitement for a possible attempt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and complete racing’s Grand Slam has solidified this year’s Taste of the World as one of the most highly-anticipated social events for the Thoroughbred world.http://www.breederscup.com/media-center/press-releases/2015-09-14Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:30:00 GMT2015-09-14T09:30:00The Breeders' Cup Announces 2015 Taste of the World Presented by WinStar FarmThe Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee of the Kentucky legislature has voted 6-2 to find a proposed regulation permitting racetracks the option of carding furosemide-free races "deficient."http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94307/status-of-ky-lasix-free-regulation-uncertainThu, 10 Sep 2015 15:30:00 GMT2015-09-10T15:30:00Status of KY Lasix-Free Regulation UncertainKentucky Downs cancelled its final eight races Sept. 10 after jockeys decided not to ride on a rain-softened turf course they felt was unsafe.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94311/kentucky-downs-cancels-reschedules-racesThu, 10 Sep 2015 09:50:00 GMT2015-09-10T09:50:00Kentucky Downs Cancels, Reschedules RacesKeeneland’s preparations for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held Oct. 30-31, are entering the home stretch as construction of the luxury chalets and Grandstand Loge Boxes and refurbishing of the Training Track near completion.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-transformation-nearing-completion-breeders%E2%80%99-cup-draws-closerWed, 09 Sep 2015 09:56:00 GMT2015-09-09T09:56:00Keeneland Transformation Nearing Completion as Breeders’ Cup Draws CloserEllis Park concluded its 93rd race meet Monday, Sept. 7, with sizable increases in handle and field sizes as the track's purses have been boosted by gaming revenues from historical racing at the Henderson, Ky., operation.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94261/total-handle-purses-increase-at-ellis-parkTue, 08 Sep 2015 10:11:00 GMT2015-09-08T10:11:00Total Handle, Purses Increase at Ellis ParkThe 24th season of live racing at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY, will kick off Saturday with a 10-race card contested over North America’s only European-style turf course.http://www.kentuckydowns.com/kentucky-downs-24th-season-of-live-racing-kicks-off-saturday/Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:30:00 GMT2015-09-03T08:30:00Kentucky Downs’ 24th Season of Live Racing Kicks off SaturdayChurchill Downs plans to offer more premium seating with an $18 million project expected to be done in time for next year's Kentucky Derby.http://www.wlky.com/sports/Churchill-Downs-plans-18-million-renovation/35033806Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:23:00 GMT2015-09-01T13:23:00Churchill Downs plans $18 million renovationIt's an area of clear contrast in the race for Kentucky governor, casino gambling.http://www.whas11.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/27/opposing-gambling-views-ky-governors-race/32459577/Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:13:00 GMT2015-08-27T11:13:00Opposing gambling views in Ky governor's raceWhen Keeneland hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 30-31, it will not only face the challenge posed by having the largest crowd to ever attend the races at the Lexington track, but also how to prepare for the marathon mixed sale that begins Nov. 2.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/93993/keeneland-plans-for-sale-activity-during-bcThu, 27 Aug 2015 11:13:00 GMT2015-08-27T11:13:00Keeneland Plans for Sale Activity During BCBreeders’ Cup and Keeneland today announced public transportation service plans for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will offer shuttle service from three Park-and-Ride locations in the Lexington area to and from Keeneland Race Course on October 30 and 31.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/breeders%E2%80%99-cup-announces-public-transportation-plan-world-championships-keeneland-october-30Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:08:00 GMT2015-08-26T10:08:00Breeders' Cup Announces Public Transportation Plan for World Championships at Keeneland, October 30-31Keeneland will celebrate its first time to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct. 30-31, with a special day of racing titled Prelude to the Cup to be held Thursday, Oct. 29. Individual ticket reservations for Prelude to the Cup will go on sale beginning today via KEENELAND.COM/PRELUDE.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-host-special-prelude-cup-day-racing-oct-29Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:09:00 GMT2015-08-25T10:09:00Keeneland to Host Special Prelude to the Cup Day of Racing on Oct. 29Churchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) today announced a partnership with Ticketmaster to make purchasing Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks tickets online easy and reliable for fans across the country. The introduction of a new ticketing solutions provider coincides with the launch of the newly redesigned Kentucky Derby website www.KentuckyDerby.com, the online destination and resource for all things Kentucky Derby including tickets. The new ticketing solution and website are live. Fans can also purchase tickets for Churchill Downs’ September and Fall Meets through Ticketmaster at www.ChurchillDowns.com.http://www.churchilldowns.com/news/archive/kentucky-derby-announces-new-ticket-technology-partner-and-newly-redesigned-websiteMon, 24 Aug 2015 10:14:00 GMT2015-08-24T10:14:00Kentucky Derby Announces New Ticket Technology Partner and Newly Redesigned WebsiteThere will be a PDR information session with Beth Overman and Charlie Farmer Thursday, August 20th, 2:00 PM at the Fayette Co. Extension Office on Red Mile Place. The PDR Application Deadline is Thursday, September 3rd. Please click the headline to view the PDR Documents. If you should have any questions please contact Beth Overman, PDR Director, at 859-425-2227 or eoverman@lexingtonky.govhttp://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=497Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 GMT2015-08-20T18:00:00PDR Application Deadline is Thursday, September 3rdHorses and Hope is a breast cancer initiative of the Office of the First Lady and the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP). The goal is to work with the state’s equine industry to identify new opportunities to provide breast cancer awareness, education, early detection through screening and treatment referral, as well as to raise funds to sustain programs into the future. The project will initially focus on Kentucky’s four thoroughbred race tracks to provide education and outreach for race fans and track workers and will be expanded to include other Kentucky equestrian venues into the future.http://www.horsesandhope.org/downloads/2015_HHTR.pdfThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:29:00 GMT2015-08-20T14:29:00HORSES and HOPE Trail Ride at the Kentucky Horse ParkKeeneland will celebrate hosting the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s season-ending 13-race, $26 million championship event on Oct. 30-31, by offering hour-long, guided tours that will give fans an insider’s look at the rich connection between Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup. Tours will begin Saturday, Aug. 22.http://www.keeneland.com/about/keeneland-offer-breeders%E2%80%99-cup-tours-fansWed, 19 Aug 2015 08:56:00 GMT2015-08-19T08:56:00Guided tours highlight homecoming aspect of Breeders’ Cup at KeenelandThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a new rule to regulate the use of cobalt during a regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon. The commission unanimously approved a rule that would institute penalties for horses testing over 25 ppb and 50 ppb in serum on the state’s racetracks.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-commission-approves-measure-to-begin-regulating-cobalt/Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:09:00 GMT2015-08-18T09:09:00Kentucky Commission Approves Measure to Begin Regulating CobaltKentucky Downs' five-day all-turf meet is set to open Saturday, Sept. 5 and this year the Franklin, Ky., track is offering several new premium seating options, including a section for tailgating as well as a private Turf Club Tent and a Finish Line Tent, both with a number of amenities.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/93604/kentucky-downs-to-offer-premium-seatingTue, 11 Aug 2015 10:31:00 GMT2015-08-11T10:31:00Kentucky Downs to Offer Premium SeatingThe Jockey Club’s Board of Stewards voted Saturday to change certain provisions of the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Stud Book and, as a result, microchips will become a requirement for registration for foals of 2017 and later.http://thejockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=836Sun, 09 Aug 2015 08:46:00 GMT2015-08-09T08:46:00Microchips to Become Requirement for Registration Starting with Foals of 2017Keeneland’s preparations for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships are progressing on schedule as the campus is readied for the Oct. 30-31 event and the first time the track has hosted Thoroughbred racing’s year-end championship.http://www.keeneland.com/about/temporary-facilities-breeders%E2%80%99-cup-keeneland-taking-shapeWed, 05 Aug 2015 09:34:00 GMT2015-08-05T09:34:00Temporary Facilities for Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Taking ShapeKentucky Downs, utilizing the Encore Racing Based Games (RBG) system, broke the single month handle record and numerous other long standing Historic Horse Racing performance records last month. The $34,442,019 wagered in July set a new one-month HHR handle record, shattering the old record ($31,757,057) by more than $2.6 million. Overall handle was up $7.4 million compared to last July.http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kentucky-downs-and-encore-break-single-month-handle-attendance-numerous-other-historic-horse-racing-records-300123144.htmlTue, 04 Aug 2015 10:51:00 GMT2015-08-04T10:51:00Kentucky Downs and Encore Break Single Month Handle, Attendance, Numerous Other Historic Horse Racing RecordsKeeneland is offering fans a variety of new seating and dining options for its 2015 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 2-24, by making available to the public the Club Lawn Chalet, Saddling Paddock Chalet and Loge Boxes, all constructed in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Tickets are currently on sale for these areas, as well as the track’s traditional dining rooms, reserved Grandstand seats and general admission.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-fall-meet-offers-new-seating-and-dining-experiencesTue, 04 Aug 2015 09:36:00 GMT2015-08-04T09:36:00Keeneland Fall Meet Offers New Seating and Dining ExperiencesMatt Bevin told a thoroughbred industry group Thursday that he supports the continuance of the historical horse racing games that opponents say are slot machines.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/07/30/bevin-says-stop-slot-like-horse-game/30911481/Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:08:00 GMT2015-07-31T10:08:00Bevin says he wouldn't stop slot-like horse gameAfter 140 years of Standardbred racing, The Red Mile in Lexington has stepped into another new era with a modernized simulcast wagering section that foreshadows even more renovations.http://www.nkytribune.com/2015/07/remodeled-red-mile-features-simulcast-upgrades-and-standardbred-racing-action/Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 GMT2015-07-30T18:00:00Keeneland, Red Mile join forces in modernized facility to offer instant racing, simulcast wageringThe Kentucky Horse Council has announced the return of the popular Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) on August 18, 2015 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to both equine professionals and horse owners and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speaker from 6-8 PM.http://myemail.constantcontact.com/-Press-Release--Kentucky-Horse-Council-Announces-Return-of-Kentucky-Equine-Networking-Association.html?soid=1102594603172&aid=ANceeYIhtn4Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:55:00 GMT2015-07-28T11:55:00Kentucky Horse Council Announces Return of Kentucky Equine Networking AssociationUnited Tote, a leading supplier of pari-mutuel accounting services, totalisator systems, equipment and technology that processes wagers and payouts at facilities worldwide, announced it has signed renewals to provide pari-mutuel wagering technology services to Keeneland and The Red Mile, both in Lexington, KY. United Tote has provided totalisator services to The Red Mile since 1983 and Keeneland since 1995 and this renewal carries particular significance due to the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland and the recent move to combined simulcasting at the brand new shared facility in The Red Mile.http://www.unitedtote.com/news/2015-07-28/united-tote-company-announces-long-term-renewals-keeneland-and-red-mileTue, 28 Jul 2015 11:48:00 GMT2015-07-28T11:48:00United Tote Company announces long-term renewals with Keeneland and The Red MileKeeneland announced today a new Condition of Sale which will allow buyers of yearlings and horses in training that are being exported to Great Britain, or via other countries the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) considers to have similar policies, within 60 days of purchase to be tested for anabolic steroids and substances prohibited by the BHA. The other countries as at the time of release are France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland and Sweden.http://www.keeneland.com/sales/keeneland-announces-new-condition-sale-response-british-horseracing-authority-policy-anabolicWed, 22 Jul 2015 09:47:00 GMT2015-07-22T09:47:00Keeneland Announces New Condition of Sale in Response to British Horseracing Authority Policy on Anabolic SteroidsThe U.S. Senate Finance Committee completed its work on a tax extenders bill in a markup session earlier today and approved the resulting document by a 23-3 vote. The bill contains tax provisions to help families, individuals and small businesses, including specific incentives supported by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) because they spur investment in the horse racing industry.http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2015/7/21/finance-committee-tax-extenders-bill-includes-equity-for-horse-industry/Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:37:00 GMT2015-07-21T09:37:00Finance Committee Tax Extenders Bill Includes Equity For Horse IndustryFranklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate denied a motion by The Family Foundation to require racetracks to provide an in-court demonstration of historical wagering, or instant racing.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/07/21/3954178_judge-denies-motion-for-in-court.html?rh=1Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:20:00 GMT2015-07-21T09:20:00Judge denies motion for in-court demo of instant racingDemocratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway told a horse industry group on Monday that, if elected, he will remove his father Tom Conway from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission because of the appearance it would create.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/07/20/elected-governor-jack-conway-remove-father-racing-commission/30439969/Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:29:00 GMT2015-07-20T10:29:00Conway says he’d remove dad from horse panelOld Friends at Kentucky Downs, a joint venture between the Georgetown, Ky., Thoroughbred Retirement Facility and the Franklin, Ky. racetrack, will open its doors to the public July 17.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/93056/old-friends-opens-kentucky-downs-facilityThu, 16 Jul 2015 09:00:00 GMT2015-07-16T09:00:00Old Friends Opens Kentucky Downs FacilityKentucky Downs recorded $8,425,830 in pari-mutuel handle on its historical race wagering machines from June 29 to July 5 to set an all-time weekly record, the track said July 7.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92925/ky-downs-sets-historical-racing-handle-recordTue, 07 Jul 2015 10:10:00 GMT2015-07-07T10:10:00KY Downs Sets Historical Racing Handle RecordKeeneland sales officials today announced an adjustment to the opening week schedule for the 2015 September Yearling Sale, the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction, to be held Sept. 14-26.http://www.keeneland.com/sales/keeneland-adjusts-2015-september-sale-opening-week-scheduleMon, 06 Jul 2015 12:07:00 GMT2015-07-06T12:07:00Keeneland Adjusts 2015 September Sale Opening Week ScheduleFranklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate heard arguments Wednesday in an instant-racing lawsuit on a motion by the Family Foundation to have an in-court demonstration of the electronic games based on past horse races.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/07/01/3926344_family-foundation-wants-demonstration.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&rh=1Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:29:00 GMT2015-07-01T09:29:00Family Foundation seeks in-court demonstration of instant racingThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved on Monday a series of amendments to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund, including measures to allow pregnant mares covered by a Kentucky stallion and purchased at a public auction outside of the state to nominate for the fund.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-horse-racing-commission-approves-kbif-measures-out-state-broodmaresMon, 29 Jun 2015 11:01:00 GMT2015-06-29T11:01:00Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves KBIF measures for out-of-state broodmaresKeeneland will be the focus of the racing world in October when the track presents 23 stakes worth a total of $5,975,000 in purse money during its 2015 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 2-24, and the special three-day celebration, Oct. 29-31, surrounding the $26 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-schedules-lucrative-2015-fall-meet-stakes-program-announces-special-stakes-be-heldMon, 29 Jun 2015 09:25:00 GMT2015-06-29T09:25:00Keeneland Schedules Lucrative 2015 Fall Meet Stakes Program; Announces Special Stakes to be Held in Celebration of Breeders’ CupThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on June 29 delayed taking a vote on proposed rules on medication testing, withdrawal guidelines, and disciplinary measures and penalties that included rules on the mineral cobalt.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92795/khrc-delays-action-on-medication-rulesMon, 29 Jun 2015 09:23:00 GMT2015-06-29T09:23:00KHRC Delays Action on Medication RulesChurchill Downs' 141st spring meet, which was highlighted by American Pharoah's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), came to a close June 27 and saw increases in average field size and average purses, along with a down-to-the-wire contest for the jockey title.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92779/churchill-sees-increase-in-fields-pursesSun, 28 Jun 2015 11:34:00 GMT2015-06-28T11:34:00Churchill Sees Increase in Fields, PursesKentucky’s horsemen’s group and trade association announces support for federal legislation that grants oversight of drug testing and enforcement in Thoroughbred racing to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-thoroughbred-association-and-kentucky-thoroughbred-owners-and-breeders-joins-coalition-for-horse-racing-integrity.htmlFri, 26 Jun 2015 14:34:00 GMT2015-06-26T14:34:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Joins Coalition for Horse Racing IntegrityThe first Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland have been assumed to be a hot ticket, so much so that the 50,000 or so tickets went on sale three months early, in March rather than in June.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/06/20/3910319_most-prime-breeders-cup-seats.html?rh=1Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:25:00 GMT2015-06-21T09:25:00Most prime Breeders' Cup seats sold out, much remote seating — with TV screen access only — still availableAs the Twin Spires glowed purple Saturday, the Breeders' Cup Challenge series kicked off in earnest, with Noble Bird having earned "Win and You're In" qualification to the $5 million Classic later this year at Keeneland.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/breeders/2015/06/16/breeders-cup-2015--challenge-schedule-win-and-youre-in-keeneland-qualifiers/28803891/Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:12:00 GMT2015-06-16T15:12:00Keeneland Breeders' Cup Challenge scheduleKentucky Downs has added three new stakes and will offer purses of as much as $130,000 for overnight races during its five-day meeting this September at the Franklin, Ky., track.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/2015/06/12/massive-purses-announced-for-kentucky-downs-2015-meet/71125848/Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:58:00 GMT2015-06-12T14:58:00Massive purses announced for Ky. Downs' meetThe partners in the under-construction gambling parlor at The Red Mile standardbred track said Wednesday that the Instant Racing machines will be limited to customers 21-and-older.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2015/06/10/lexington-gambling-parlor-to-be-21-and-up/71024080/Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:15:00 GMT2015-06-10T10:15:00Lexington gambling parlor to be 21-and-upRecord Kentucky Derby and Oaks Week wagering and favorable results on daily racing programs at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) since the opening week of the Spring Meet have enabled the track to announce an immediate 10% increase in daily purses for overnight races.http://www.churchilldowns.com/category/tags/spring-meetTue, 09 Jun 2015 10:22:00 GMT2015-06-09T10:22:00Churchill Downs Announces Immediate 10% Increase In Overnight PursesAmerican Pharoah's Belmont Stakes win Saturday means that — for the first time in its three decades of existence — the Breeders' Cup's year-end championship races get to benefit from an American Triple Crown winner.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/triple/2015/06/08/breeders-cups-fall-date-kentucky-hopes-bump-triple-crown-winner-american-pharoah/28699029/Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:36:00 GMT2015-06-09T09:36:00Ky. Breeders' Cup hopes for Triple Crown bumpWhen the Breeders' Cup comes to Lexington in October, the city with throw a weeklong festival of food, music, art and horses, organizers announced Monday.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/06/08/3890572_breeders-cup-festival-events-include.html?rh=1Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:24:00 GMT2015-06-08T10:24:00Breeders' Cup Festival events include food, music, art and fireworksKeeneland’s mission since our inception has been dedicated solely to our industry and community with a commitment to growing an exciting sport and showcasing exceptional equine and human athletes. Whether through advancements in pari-mutuel wagering, equine safety measures, jockey welfare or more global initiatives on medication issues, Keeneland has sought and led the charge on measures that protect our horses and the integrity of our sport.http://www.keeneland.com/about/statement-keeneland-may-29-news-release-coalition-horse-racing-integritySun, 31 May 2015 16:07:00 GMT2015-05-31T16:07:00Statement from Keeneland on the May 29 News Release from the Coalition for Horse Racing IntegrityAttorneys for Kentucky Downs, some of its principals, and Encore Gaming have filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the AmTote totalizator company, stating that the claims are unfounded and undocumented.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92249/kentucky-downs-encore-seek-suit-dismissalFri, 29 May 2015 08:35:00 GMT2015-05-29T08:35:00Kentucky Downs, Encore Seek Suit DismissalThe Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council will advise the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to adopt rules on the mineral cobalt in line with a Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recommendation.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92197/kedrc-makes-cobalt-policy-recommendationTue, 26 May 2015 09:51:00 GMT2015-05-26T09:51:00KEDRC Makes Cobalt Policy RecommendationChurchill Downs Inc. is suing the Daily Racing Form saying the trade publication's online betting site accepted bets on Kentucky Derby and Oaks days without permission.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/05/19/churchill-sues-form-derby-oaks-bets/27581981/Wed, 20 May 2015 09:46:00 GMT2015-05-20T09:46:00Churchill sues over illegal Derby, Oaks betsKeeneland, a key member of the global Thoroughbred racing and sales industry and host of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Thoroughbred Championships, has been selected for induction this year in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony is June 17 at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville.http://www.keeneland.com/about/keeneland-join-kentucky-athletic-hall-fameSat, 16 May 2015 10:04:00 GMT2015-05-16T10:04:00Keeneland to Join Kentucky Athletic Hall of FameKeeneland announced today that it will move its year-round simulcast wagering operations to The Red Mile, the historic Standardbred track in Lexington, beginning July 15, 2015. Keeneland and The Red Mile will offer wagering on Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing at one Lexington location.http://www.keeneland.com/simulcast/keeneland-expands-wagering-operations-red-mileWed, 06 May 2015 11:05:00 GMT2015-05-06T11:05:00Keeneland Expands Wagering Operations to The Red MileA May 6 vote to change the recommended testing threshold for the anti-bleeding medication furosemide, when it is administered 24 hours before a race, triggered another debate and posed questions whether the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission should have first consulted the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91840/khrc-vote-on-salix-threshold-triggers-debateWed, 06 May 2015 11:04:00 GMT2015-05-06T11:04:00KHRC Vote on Salix Threshold Triggers DebateEllis Park and RaceTech have extended their existing licensing agreement for historical racing games at the Henderson, Ky., racetrack. The new agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2016.http://www.scoop.it/t/racing-business/p/4042990766/2015/05/06/ellis-park-racetech-extend-contractWed, 06 May 2015 10:09:00 GMT2015-05-06T10:09:00Ellis Park, RaceTech Extend ContractIn a year that has seen total handle on historical racing in Kentucky surpass $1 billion since its September 2011 launch, interest continues to be strong.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91807/kentucky-historical-racing-passes-1-billionTue, 05 May 2015 12:06:00 GMT2015-05-05T12:06:00Kentucky Historical Racing Passes $1 BillionThe next TOBA Seminar will be the Breeding Clinic in Lexington, KY from May 15-17. TOBA is offering KTA members a discount for the upcoming seminar. It is $100 off of the non-member rate. Contact Carrie Vaught at cvaught@toba.org or 859-276-2291 for any questions.http://www.kentuckybred.org/toba-seminars-and-clinics-schedule.htmlMon, 04 May 2015 15:07:00 GMT2015-05-04T15:07:00TOBA: Breeding Clinic May 15 - 17 in Lexington, KYA second lawsuit has been filed in connection with a decision by Kentucky Downs to begin using a new company for its totalizator services, including historical racing wagering.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91794/second-suit-filed-against-encore-ky-downsMon, 04 May 2015 10:48:00 GMT2015-05-04T10:48:00Second Suit Filed Against Encore, KY DownsMore stories, quips, and insights from this year's Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner held April 28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91645/what-they-said-ky-derby-trainers-dinnerWed, 29 Apr 2015 09:22:00 GMT2015-04-29T09:22:00What They Said: Ky Derby Trainers' DinnerKeeneland successfully concluded its 2015 Spring Meet on Friday, April 24, yielding a number of positive results: consecutive Saturdays of near-record crowds that contributed to the track’s fourth-highest Spring Meet attendance; the consistent performance of the new dirt surface despite near-record rainfall during April; and a blockbuster opening Saturday which featured both the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), won by leading classic contenders Carpe Diem and Lovely Maria, respectively.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-concludes-successful-2015-spring-race-meetMon, 27 Apr 2015 11:40:00 GMT2015-04-27T11:40:00Keeneland Concludes Successful 2015 Spring Race MeetOne year after publicity snafus became a major story of Kentucky Derby week, the chief executive officer for Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. conceded some of the criticisms "hurt" as the casino and racing company is doing more this year that is not purely profit driven.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/04/26/churchill-downs-ceo-criticisms-hurt/26420557/Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:35:00 GMT2015-04-27T11:35:00Churchill Downs CEO: some 2014 criticisms hurtConvincing capricious half-ton racehorses to do your will can take a toll on the human body. The grooms, hotwalkers, exercise riders and other workers who tend to the needs of elite Thoroughbred athletes also carry heavy buckets and bales, endure challenging weather conditions, and often travel with the horses to racing meets around the country, making consistent health care difficult.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-racing-health-services-center-celebrates-a-decade-of-helping-backstretch-workers/Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:34:00 GMT2015-04-23T09:34:00KY Racing Health Services Center Celebrates a Decade of Helping Backstretch WorkersBetween the boutique race meets in spring and fall and world-renowned horse sales, Keeneland has an economic impact of almost $600 million, according to a new study released Thursday.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/04/23/3815674_study-keeneland-contributes-almost.html?rh=1Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:33:00 GMT2015-04-23T09:33:00Keeneland contributes almost $600 million a year to Lexington's economyWinchell Thoroughbreds LLC took home four awards at today’s annual KTOB KY-Bred Champions Awards Luncheon hosted at Keeneland Racecourse. KTOB Broodmare of the Year honors went to FUN HOUSE, owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, who also took home honors as the breeder of KTOB KY-Bred Champion HORSE OF THE YEAR and THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY, UNTAPABLE. Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC was also named the 2014 recipient of the P.A.B. Widener Trophy for the KTOB Breeder of the Year and named in honor of the donor, P.A.B. Widener, an internationally prominent horseman.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-thoroughbred-owners-and-breeders-(ktob)-announce-2014-ky-bred-champions-merit-award-winners-and-ktdf-leaders.htmlThu, 16 Apr 2015 14:00:00 GMT2015-04-16T14:00:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders (KTOB) Announce 2014 KY-Bred Champions, Merit Award Winners, & KTDF LeadersKeeneland has chosen a site in Corbin for a quarter-horse track and entertainment venue that will feature year-round simulcasting of races from elsewhere and hundreds of historical racing terminals, similar to slot machines.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/04/14/3801055_construction-to-begin-this-summer.html?rh=1Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:55:00 GMT2015-04-14T14:55:00Construction to begin this summer on Keeneland quarter-horse track in Knox CountyMatt Shafer is a fifth-year senior at the University of Kentucky, and he loves the school and the surrounding city.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/04/12/3797859_group-of-uk-students-join-effort.html?rh=1Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:00:00 GMT2015-04-12T15:00:00Group of UK students join effort to halt instant racing at The Red MileRoad to the Kentucky Derbyhttp://www.kentuckyderby.com/roadFri, 10 Apr 2015 09:00:00 GMT2015-04-10T09:00:00Kentucky Derby LeaderboardChurchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will no longer allow re-entry on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days for ticketed patrons who leave the grounds during those racing and entertainment programs.http://www.churchilldowns.com/news/archive/churchill-downs-tightens-security-measures-ahead-141st-oaks-and-derby-days-will-no-longThu, 09 Apr 2015 16:08:00 GMT2015-04-09T16:08:00Churchill Downs Tightens Security Measures Ahead of 141st Oaks and Derby Days; Will No Longer Allow Re-entry to Track for Ticketed GuestsThe Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group today announced the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In”™ television schedule featuring 18 of the best Challenge races leading to the World Championships from top racetracks across the United States. All races will be broadcast by NBC Sports Group and will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign.http://www.breederscup.com/media-center/press-releases/2015-04-09Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:27:00 GMT2015-04-09T11:27:00Breeders' Cup and NBC Sports Group Announce 2015 "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In" ScheduleTurfway Park recorded increases in all-sources and average daily pari-mutuel handle during its recently concluded 2015 winter/spring meet.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91133/total-average-handle-increase-at-turfwayTue, 07 Apr 2015 12:00:00 GMT2015-04-07T12:00:00Total, Average Handle Increase at TurfwayThe bet-processing company AmTote has filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and intellectual-property theft against Kentucky Downs and a company associated with the track over the operation of Kentucky Downs’s historical-racing betting machines.http://www.drf.com/news/amtote-files-suit-against-kentucky-downs-encore-gamingTue, 07 Apr 2015 11:48:00 GMT2015-04-07T11:48:00AmTote files suit against Kentucky Downs, Encore GamingWith the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby set to dominate Louisville for the next few weeks, the question of how the Derby has remained relevant for so long came up during a recent interview I had with Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen.http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2015/04/06/churchill-downs-carstanjen-kentucky-derby-thrives.html?page=allMon, 06 Apr 2015 11:00:00 GMT2015-04-06T11:00:00Churchill Downs' Carstanjen: Kentucky Derby thrives by 'cutting through the clutter'Addressing a roomful of Louisville Rotarians at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville Thursday afternoon, Churchill Downs racetrack president Kevin Flanery reiterated his support for casino gambling in Kentucky and said Churchill Downs would welcome another stab at the Breeder's Cup World Championship after losing out to California's Santa Anita Park in recent years.http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2015/04/02/flanery-lack-of-casino-gambling-could-be-death-by.html?page=allThu, 02 Apr 2015 13:08:00 GMT2015-04-02T13:08:00Flanery: Lack of casino gambling could be 'death by a thousand cuts' for Kentucky horse industryThe Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Keeneland Race Course, and Churchill Downs have formed a partnership to generate funds for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance through a per-start donation from participating owners.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-tracks-horsemen-form-partnership-benefit-thoroughbred-aftercare-allianceWed, 01 Apr 2015 13:24:00 GMT2015-04-01T13:24:00Kentucky tracks, horsemen form partnership to benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare AllianceSeventy-nine years ago, Central Kentucky horseman Hal Price Headley shook hands with Chicago-based concessionaire Joe Wolken, and a partnership for the ages was formed. The mastermind and co-founder of Keeneland Racecourse took a leap of faith that day during the depths of the Great Depression that a small, family-run business called Turf Catering could provide food service worthy of the model track he was building in the heart of Kentucky horse country. “World class” is what Headley was looking for, and world class is what he got.http://www.drf.com/news/end-era-keeneland-opens-without-turf-cateringWed, 01 Apr 2015 13:16:00 GMT2015-04-01T13:16:00End of an era as Keeneland opens without Turf CateringThe state legislative session that ended last week was the first in years in which the subject of whether Kentucky should have expanded gambling didn't come up.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/03/29/3774971_after-laying-low-on-expanded-gambling.html?rh=1Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:10:00 GMT2015-03-29T13:10:00After lying low on expanded gambling, Kentucky lawmaker plans push in 2016Eastern tent caterpillars, which were responsible for massive foal losses that devastated the Thoroughbred industry in 2001 and 2002, have begun hatching in Central Kentucky.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/03/26/3768968/tent-caterpillars-hatching-high.htmlThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:04:00 GMT2015-03-26T15:04:00Tent caterpillars hatching; high numbers could pose danger to maresKeeneland has announced security measures for horses participating in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1), a nationally prominent prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), to be held Saturday, April 4.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-releases-security-protocols-2015-toyota-blue-grass-stakes-horsesWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:05:00 GMT2015-03-25T15:05:00Keeneland Releases Security Protocols for 2015 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes HorsesThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission March 23 approved a regulation that would permit the state's racetracks to card races that would prohibit the administration of furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, within 24 hours of post time. The vote was 8-4.http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/12546054/kentucky-approves-carding-lasix-free-racesMon, 23 Mar 2015 14:43:00 GMT2015-03-23T14:43:00KHRC approves Lasix-free racesThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission March 23 approved plans by Kentucky Downs to change the brand of its historical racing machines.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/90841/ky-downs-plans-changes-to-historical-racingMon, 23 Mar 2015 14:41:00 GMT2015-03-23T14:41:00KY Downs Plans Changes to Historical RacingThe controversial question of whether horses should not receive medication on days they race — as is the rule in most of the world except North America — is about to be a battle again for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/03/17/ky-racing-commission-makes-new-medication-push/24900767/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:32:00 GMT2015-03-17T15:32:00Ky. racing commission makes new medication pushLexington officials are looking to the business community to help spruce up several key corridors into the city ahead the Breeders’ Cup at the end of October.http://bizlex.com/2015/03/city-launches-public-private-plan-to-green-up-for-breeders-cup/Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:11:00 GMT2015-03-17T10:11:00City launches public-private plan to ‘Green Up for Breeders’ Cup’Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill today putting Kentucky back in the saddle for future Breeders’ Cup events.http://www.state-journal.com/local%20news/2015/03/17/gov-beshear-signs-bill-putting-kentucky-back-in-the-saddle-for-future-breeders-cupTue, 17 Mar 2015 09:35:00 GMT2015-03-17T09:35:00Gov. Beshear Signs Bill Putting Kentucky Back in the Saddle for Future Breeders' Cup EventsLexington's Keeneland racetrack will get a tax break from the state for hosting the Breeders' Cup this fall.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/03/11/3740459_lawmakers-approve-tax-break-for.html?rh=1Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:47:00 GMT2015-03-11T09:47:00Lawmakers approve tax break for Breeders' CupJoe D. Pagan, PhD, founder and president of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), will present a seminar titled “Lasix Use in Racehorses: A Nutritional Perspective,” on March 16 in Ocala, Florida.http://www.thehorse.com/articles/35451/ker-to-host-furosemide-seminarTue, 10 Mar 2015 12:52:00 GMT2015-03-10T12:52:00KER to Host Furosemide SeminarThe North Lexington Family YMCA has been named the Healthy Living partner of Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA). Through a pilot program established for the Spring 2015 semester, the YMCA will be instrumental in aiding BCTC-NARA students who need help getting in shape for the vigorous jockey training program.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ymca-racing-academy-announce-partnership/Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:20:00 GMT2015-03-10T10:20:00YMCA, Racing Academy Announce PartnershipLexington is flying high these days, in large part with its beloved and unbeaten University of Kentucky men’s basketball team riding a 31-game win streak into the upcoming SEC and NCAA tournaments. The city was abuzz again for a different reason this week. It had nothing to do with the Wildcats, as a majority of the allotted tickets available to the general public for the first Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland were sold out and many between lunchtime and the evening commute that first day.http://www.thisishorseracing.com/news/index.php/racing-news/3027-lexington-s-hot-ticketSun, 08 Mar 2015 12:40:00 GMT2015-03-08T12:40:00Lexington’s hot ticketThe Jockey Club announced today that the 2015 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com.http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=777Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:28:00 GMT2015-03-02T13:28:002015 Fact Book, State Fact Books Available on The Jockey Club WebsiteThe state House of Representatives on Monday passed several bills, including one to exempt the Breeders’ Cup from state excise taxes on pari-mutuel wagering.http://www.richmondregister.com/news/house-passes-breeders-cup-tax-break/article_194f284e-c142-11e4-aa8a-b3e34cdb632d.htmlMon, 02 Mar 2015 13:21:00 GMT2015-03-02T13:21:00House passes Breeders’ Cup tax breakA last-minute agenda addition gave new life Thursday to a bill to restore a tax break for the Breeders' Cup. House Bill 134, which was in jeopardy of dying as the legislative session approaches its last full week, passed the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2015/02/26/breeders-cup-tax-break-bill-gets-reprieve/24078641/Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:54:00 GMT2015-02-26T10:54:00Breeders' Cup tax break bill gets reprieveThe Breeders’ Cup has today released detailed ticketing information for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course on October 30-31. Bringing the world-class racing event to one of the most prestigious tracks in the country, Breeders’ Cup’s 2015 event will mark the first time that the World Championships will be held at Keeneland, the iconic track located in the heart of the Bluegrass region in Lexington, Ky. To meet the strong demand from fans who want to be a part of this historic event, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 4, which is an unprecedented three months earlier than the normal release date for tickets. Ticket offerings will include a wide range of seating options located across the Keeneland campus.http://www.breederscup.com/media-center/press-releases/2015-02-25Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:07:00 GMT2015-02-25T11:07:00Breeders' Cup Releases Ticketing Information for 2015 World ChampionshipsAs the legislature is now in the second half of its session, here's a list of bills of most interest to the horse industry. They deal with Instant Racing, the Breeders' Cup and, of course, casinos. Some are waiting to be loaded into the gate, some are on the farm recuperating (dead), some are sitting off the pace and others are touted but -- so far -- lost in the pack.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2015/02/24/kentucky-horse-industry-bills/23921287/Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:42:00 GMT2015-02-24T11:42:00Horse bills you haven't heard (enough) aboutTurfway Park has announced a purse hike, effective with the resumption of live racing Friday evening at the northern Kentucky track.http://www.drf.com/news/turfway-park-increases-pursesMon, 23 Feb 2015 11:39:00 GMT2015-02-23T11:39:00Turfway Park increases pursesThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund announced Wednesday that more than $10 million in awards will be distributed for 2014, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/02/18/3701214/10m-in-incentives-awarded-to-ky.htmlWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:11:00 GMT2015-02-18T10:11:00$10 million in incentives awarded to Kentucky Thoroughbred breedersKentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has signed on as the title sponsor of the Breeders’ Cup Festival Week, which will present a broad offering of entertainment and hospitality events in support of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup, the world’s most prestigious two days of international Thoroughbred racing, will take place at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington on October 30-31.http://www.breederscup.com/media-center/press-releases/2015-02-18Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:07:00 GMT2015-02-18T10:07:00Breeders' Cup Festival Announces KentuckyOne Health as Title SponsorA bill to allow the EquiLottery game to be implemented by the Kentucky Lottery Corp. is headed to the House after passing the Senate 22-9 Friday.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2015/02/13/equilottery-bill-clears-senate-after-hiccup/23357687/Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:46:00 GMT2015-02-13T14:46:00EquiLottery bill clears Senate after hiccupLegislation that would permit the Kentucky General Assembly to approve a new game linking Thoroughbred racing and the state lottery unanimously cleared a Senate committee Feb. 10.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/90074/equilottery-bill-clears-ky-senate-committeeTue, 10 Feb 2015 08:41:00 GMT2015-02-10T08:41:00EquiLottery Bill Clears KY Senate CommitteeBrad Cummings, EquiLottery CEO and inventor of the patented lottery game with the same name, will be testifying on behalf of SB74 in Frankfort, Kentucky on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The bill, which supports a lottery game like EquiLottery based on the outcome of live horse racing, will be heard in front of the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee at 10 am in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex and is open to the general public.http://www.equilottery.com/articles/equilottery-ceo-to-testify-on-behalf-of-horse-racing-lottery-bill-in-frankfort.htmlSun, 08 Feb 2015 11:23:00 GMT2015-02-08T11:23:00EquiLottery CEO to Testify on Behalf of Horse Racing Lottery Bill in FrankfortThe union for pari-mutuel betting clerks at Churchill Downs is working its first day Wednesday under a new three-year contract with the Central Avenue track.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/02/04/churchill-downs-betting-clerks-ratify-contract/22854513/Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:32:00 GMT2015-02-04T14:32:00Churchill Downs betting clerks ratify contractThe Kentucky Thoroughbred industry is more than holding its own despite national declines and the absence of alternative revenue sources available in other states, officials said Feb. 3 at the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association symposium.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/89945/officials-ky-thoroughbred-industry-resilientTue, 03 Feb 2015 14:39:00 GMT2015-02-03T14:39:00Officials: KY Thoroughbred Industry ResilientThere are many instances of how a private visit to a stud farm or trainer’s barn transformed a racing fan into a sport participant. For me, it was the chance to scratch a muddy Danzig on an early trip to Claiborne Farm; for others, it might have been the chance to see the likes of Nijinsky or Secretariat. And, judging by the number of tweets depicting fans posing with Galileo, Frankel et al., that desire by people to visit their equine heroes has not diminished.https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/kentucky-farms-join-forces-give-potential-fans-taste-horse-countrySun, 25 Jan 2015 09:45:00 GMT2015-01-25T09:45:00Kentucky farms join forces to give potential fans a taste of the horse countryFor too long Central Kentucky’s horse farms have been alluring but inaccessible. Like a gorgeous shop window with the store behind it off limits, they entice but frustrate visitors.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/01/21/3652452/thoroughbred-industrys-winning.htmlFri, 23 Jan 2015 09:34:00 GMT2015-01-23T09:34:00Thoroughbred industry's winning ideaMembers of the union that represents betting tellers at Churchill Downs have rejected the racetrack's contract offer by a 65-17 vote, with another vote expected possibly Feb. 2 on what may be the Central Avenue track's final offer.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/01/22/union-churchill-downs-betting-tellers-unable-reach-new-contract-agreement/22171543/Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:58:00 GMT2015-01-22T15:58:00Betting clerks reject Churchill Downs' offerThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's (KHRC) frustration with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is evident in the 27 pages summing up its investigation of Thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen's stable following abuse allegations from the animal rights group.http://www.thehorse.com/articles/35204/khrc-peta-failed-to-cooperate-during-investigationTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:00 GMT2015-01-20T16:00:00KHRC: PETA Failed to Cooperate During InvestigationOfficials are crediting a collaborative effort after Kentucky delivered its safest year on record in 2014 in terms of both number of equine breakdowns in races and rate of equine breakdowns.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/89620/record-low-for-fatal-breakdowns-in-kentuckyThu, 15 Jan 2015 14:48:00 GMT2015-01-15T14:48:00Record Low for Fatal Breakdowns in KentuckyNothing in an undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals into the operations of leading thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen showed a violation of rules on medication or care, Kentucky officials announced Thursday.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/01/15/trainer-asmussen-cleared-ky-investigation/21818895/Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:46:00 GMT2015-01-15T14:46:00Trainer Asmussen cleared in Ky. investigationA coalition of Bluegrass horse farms, vet clinics and equine attractions is launching a tourism initiative to make it easier for fans to get close to the area's beautiful horses.http://www.kentucky.com/2015/01/14/3641682/horse-farm-owners-tourism-officials.htmlWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:56:00 GMT2015-01-14T14:56:00Horse farm owners, tourism officials work together to launch Thoroughbred trailFormer Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott kicked off his campaign for governor on Tuesday by selecting a former rural sheriff as his running mate and endorsing expanded gambling as a way to raise money to meet Kentucky's public pension obligations.http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Scott-opens-race-for-governor-by-backing-expanded-6012682.phpTue, 13 Jan 2015 15:03:00 GMT2015-01-13T15:03:00Scott opens race for governor by backing expanded gamblingA bill that would allow the hybrid horse wagering and lottery game EquiLottery was filed Thursday by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2015/01/08/bill-to-allow-equilottery-game-filed/21463215/Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:04:00 GMT2015-01-08T15:04:00Bill to allow EquiLottery game filedA bill to reinstate a Kentucky tax break for the Breeders' Cup was filed earlier this week in the state House. The world thoroughbred championships will be at Keeneland Race Course in the fall for the first time.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2015/01/08/breeders-cup-tax-break-filed-for-keeneland/21447407/Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:04:00 GMT2015-01-08T15:04:00Breeders' Cup tax break filed for KeenelandIt's the end of an era at Keeneland Race Course, the track which once based its marketing on an adherence to tradition.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2015/01/06/keeneland-taking-track-catering-tradition/21332937/Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:11:00 GMT2015-01-06T15:11:00Keeneland taking over track catering traditionThe issue of expanded gambling has been on Governor Steve Beshear's radar throughout his time in office. The 2015 legislative session could very well be his last chance to see such a measure adopted.http://weku.fm/post/no-push-casinos-expected-short-sessionMon, 05 Jan 2015 09:44:00 GMT2015-01-05T09:44:00No Push for Casinos Expected in Short SessionDespite racing two fewer programs during its 2014 holiday meet, Turfway Park registered a 21.45% increase in total pari-mutuel handle compared with the comparable meet in 2013, according to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission statistics.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/89430/total-handle-up-214-at-turfway-holiday-meetMon, 05 Jan 2015 09:43:00 GMT2015-01-05T09:43:00Total Handle Up 21.4% at Turfway Holiday MeetToday, the Senate followed the House of Representatives and passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771). The President is expected to sign the bill shortly, possibly this week before the lame-duck session of the 113th Congress ends. *** Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://www.horsecouncil.org/congress-passes-tax-extender-bill-2014Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:12:00 GMT2014-12-16T16:12:00Congress Passes Tax Extender Bill for 2014The horse racing industry made significant progress toward the uniform adoption of national medication reforms in 2014, as regulators in multiple jurisdictions adopted model rules developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The new model rules include a Controlled Therapeutic Medications Schedule, third-party administration of furosemide, a multiple medication violation (MMV) penalty system and a requirement for laboratory accreditation and participation in an industry external quality assurance program. The past 12 months brought major gains in the number of jurisdictions that are presently operating or soon-to-be operating under one or more of the reforms.http://rmtcnet.com/content_pressreleases.asp?id=&s=&article=1935Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:37:00 GMT2014-12-09T10:37:00National Medication Reforms Make Significant Progress in 2014The horse industry group once at the forefront of the push for casinos at Kentucky racetracks is now opposed to the proposition that it once advocated as necessary for the state's signature industry to compete with tracks and breeding programs in other states with expanded gambling.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2014/12/05/keep-now-opposed-kentucky-casinos/19956517/Sat, 06 Dec 2014 10:45:00 GMT2014-12-06T10:45:00Horse group now opposes Kentucky casinosOn December 3, the House of Representatives passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771). The bill would extend several tax provisions favorable to the horse industry, including three-year depreciation for all race horses, which expired or were reduced at the end of 2013. The bill extends these provisions retroactively for assets placed in service at any time in 2014. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://www.horsecouncil.org/house-passes-tax-extender-bill-2014Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:05:00 GMT2014-12-04T11:05:00House Passes Tax Extender Bill for 2014The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is likely to appeal a recent ruling that called for the commission to reinstate John Veitch to his former position of chief state steward, the chairman of the commission said Tuesday after a regularly scheduled meeting.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-commission-likely-appeal-ruling-reinstating-veitchTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:05:00 GMT2014-12-02T16:05:00Kentucky commission likely to appeal ruling reinstating VeitchAll-sources handle at the Churchill Downs fall meet that ended Sunday was down significantly again, continuing a downward trend at this historic track.http://www.drf.com/news/handle-plunges-again-churchill-fall-meetTue, 02 Dec 2014 15:25:00 GMT2014-12-02T15:25:00Handle plunges again at Churchill fall meetThe Keeneland Association received initial regulatory approval Tuesday to buy the Thunder Ridge standardbred track in Prestonsburg.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/12/02/keeneland-gets-1st-ok-in-thunder-ridge-purchase/19794369/Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:24:00 GMT2014-12-02T15:24:00Keeneland gets 1st OK in Thunder Ridge purchaseLocal zoning officials are expected Monday to endorse the plan of Churchill Downs to spend about $4.2 million to renovate some of its prime seating to provide more TLC treatment of its top customers, owners of Kentucky Derby and Oaks entries.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/11/28/board-consider-churchill-seating-improvement/19622789/Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:53:00 GMT2014-11-28T20:53:00Board to consider Churchill seating improvementThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Welfare and Safety Committee scrutinized the state’s rules on shockwave therapy on Thursday afternoon with a fact-finding session designed to help regulators prevent abuse of the practice. The treatment, which consists of sending short, high pressure pulses to select areas of the body, has been shown to aid healing for horses and humans but comes with a temporary pain relief that is problematic for regulators.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/kentucky-horse-racing-commission-committee-examines-shockwave-rules/Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:51:00 GMT2014-11-21T13:51:00Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Committee Examines Shockwave RulesThe Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming was given a generally positive update on the status of the racing and breeding industry in the state Nov. 12 in light of years of declines triggered in part by national economic conditions.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/88701/ky-lawmakers-get-horse-industry-updateWed, 12 Nov 2014 09:59:00 GMT2014-11-12T09:59:00KY Lawmakers Get Horse Industry UpdateThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission expects equine drug test results that had been delayed at the LGC laboratory by up to four months to be back on schedule by Thanksgiving.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/88706/lab-expects-kentucky-test-delays-to-end-soonWed, 12 Nov 2014 09:58:00 GMT2014-11-12T09:58:00Lab Expects Kentucky Test Delays to End SoonA council that makes recommendations on medication policies for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will go along with several changes in withdrawal times and threshold levels that would move the state toward National Uniform Medication Program policies.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/88712/ky-drug-council-moves-toward-uniformityWed, 12 Nov 2014 09:56:00 GMT2014-11-12T09:56:00KY Drug Council Moves Toward UniformityChurchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq:CHDN) (CDI) and Big Fish Games, Inc. (Big Fish), one of the world's largest producers and distributors of mobile and online games, today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which CDI will acquire all of the outstanding stock and equity interests of the privately held Big Fish.http://ir.churchilldownsincorporated.com/releases.cfmWed, 12 Nov 2014 09:22:00 GMT2014-11-12T09:22:00Churchill Downs Incorporated to Acquire Big Fish GamesThe case brought by Jerry Jamgotchian against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission challenging claiming rules that put restrictions on when a claimed horse can race out of state will be heard by the Supreme Court of Kentucky.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-supreme-court-to-review-claiming-jail-lawsuit/Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:33:00 GMT2014-11-10T09:33:00Kentucky Supreme Court to Review 'Claiming Jail' LawsuitTuesday's election results in Kentucky will draw national attention, but the most interesting race to people in the horse industry here might be in Colorado.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/11/02/in-other-horse-related-election-news/18377805/Sun, 02 Nov 2014 15:00:00 GMT2014-11-02T15:00:00In other (horse-related) election, gambling newsAfter the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs was hit with backlash from some unhappy owners who felt they'd been given less than VIP treatment so the racetrack has a plan to fix that. Churchill announced Wednesday a $4.2 million renovation of its trackside owners' suites that will accommodate up to 18 people, compared with the six previous spots in an owners' box.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/29/3508456_churchill-creating-sweet-suites.html?rh=1Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:59:00 GMT2014-10-29T09:59:00Churchill creating sweet suites for Derby, Oaks ownersIn a recent letter to the United States Treasury, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear urged the federal government to clarify guidelines relating to the calculation of pari-mutuel winnings for tax purposes. The letter was shared with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and a copy with the full text is available online at /media/8927769/lew_secretary_jacob_j_102814.pdf. - See more at: http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2014/10/28/kentucky-governor-beshear-urges-treasury-to-clarify-tax-withholdings-from-pari-mutuel-winnings/#sthash.dgcTjobm.dpufhttp://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2014/10/28/kentucky-governor-beshear-urges-treasury-to-clarify-tax-withholdings-from-pari-mutuel-winnings/Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:40:00 GMT2014-10-28T11:40:00Kentucky Governor Beshear Urges Treasury to Clarify Tax Withholdings From Pari-Mutuel WinningsKeeneland’s 2014 Fall Meet, highlighted by the debut of a new dirt surface, the track’s first $1 million race and world-class racing that produced a large contingent of Breeders’ Cup-bound horses, closed Saturday with the third-highest Fall season attendance in Keeneland history.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-successfully-concludes-first-race-meet-new-dirt-surfaceMon, 27 Oct 2014 09:50:00 GMT2014-10-27T09:50:00Keeneland Successfully Concludes First Race Meet on New Dirt SurfaceBryan Beccia was released from Blackburn Correctional Complex on Oct. 3, 2011. Beccia, former exercise rider of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, lost his license in 2006 after being sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug charges related to methamphetamine.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/23/3497348_blackburn-inmates-officials-celebrate.html?rh=1Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:30:00 GMT2014-10-23T09:30:00Blackburn inmates, officials celebrate equine program's 15th anniversaryThe Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2014 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 13, 2014, The Jockey Club reports that 1,547 stallions covered 34,540 mares in North America during 2014.http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=753Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:49:00 GMT2014-10-22T14:49:00The Jockey Club Releases 2014 Report of Mares Bred StatisticsKeeneland is scrapping plans for its on-site expanding gambling venture and instead will team with The Red Mile to open an instant racing parlor near downtown Lexington.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/22/3494958/keeneland-red-mile-to-team-up.html?sp=/99/268/927/Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:17:00 GMT2014-10-22T14:17:00Keeneland, Red Mile to team up on instant racing gambling parlorThe two top officials of Kentucky’s racing regulatory commission will meet on Wednesday with the management of the privately held drug-testing laboratory that conducts the state’s post-race drug tests to discuss the lab’s persistent delays, officials said Tuesday.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-officials-meet-drug-lab-testing-delaysTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:48:00 GMT2014-10-21T14:48:00Kentucky officials to meet with drug lab on testing delaysSome of the harvest from industrial hemp crops grown in Kentucky as part of a pilot program will be tried out for stable bedding.http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/10/21/hemp-grown-kentucky-horse-bedding/Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:00 GMT2014-10-21T14:22:00Hemp Grown in Kentucky To Be Tried As Horse BeddingThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission necropsy program is continuing to provide evidence that many racehorses that suffer catastrophic injuries often have pre-existing conditions that lead to breakdowns.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/88143/ky-necropsy-program-disproves-bad-step-mythMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:21:00 GMT2014-10-20T14:21:00KY Necropsy Program Disproves 'Bad Step' MythThe Breeders’ Cup is preparing to sell 28,000 reserved tickets for next year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, officials for the racetrack said Friday, though attendance on the Keeneland campus, which includes outlying buildings, is expected to be 42,000 to 45,000, according to Breeders' Cup officials.http://www.drf.com/news/breeders-cup-tickets-keeneland-will-be-limited-28000Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:00 GMT2014-10-17T14:41:00Breeders' Cup tickets at Keeneland will be limited to 28,000Churchill Downs will race next September under a compromise announced Wednesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that involves the Central Avenue track and Kentucky Downs, which also races during the month.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2014/10/15/churchill-downs-race-next-september-compromise/17314575/Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:46:00 GMT2014-10-16T09:46:00Deal means Churchill Downs to race in SeptemberThe stalemate between Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs over next year’s September racing calendar is apparently over.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/churchill-kentucky-downs-make-a-deal-on-sept-2015-dates/Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:28:00 GMT2014-10-15T09:28:00Churchill, Kentucky Downs Make a Deal on Sept. 2015 DatesThe proposed purchase of a small Kentucky standardbred track by the Keeneland Association and a partner is not guaranteed for approval, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Bob Beck said Tuesday.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2014/10/14/racing-commission-keeneland-buying-track-done-deal/17267933/Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:36:00 GMT2014-10-14T09:36:00Racing commission: Keeneland buying track not done dealThe advisory committee for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund said Oct. 10 it plans to examine the structure of the program as it relates to the percentage of fund participants that contribute revenue by paying stud fees in the state.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87928/kbif-to-examine-revenue-from-stud-feesFri, 10 Oct 2014 15:50:00 GMT2014-10-10T15:50:00KBIF to Examine Revenue From Stud FeesLouisville-based Churchill Downs Inc., which has had a run of bad publicity this year, is adding a position to improving the casino and racing company's image in the racing industry.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/10/07/churchill-downs-inc-adds-job-to-improve-industry-image/16871309/Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:30:00 GMT2014-10-07T10:30:00Churchill Downs Inc. adds job to improve industry imageThe Breeders' Cup will take place in 2015 at Keeneland in Lexington, where the idea for the event was conceived, but, before now, has never been held. The horse racing will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, of next year, but planning is now underway to welcome and celebrate the cup's arrival in Lexington with a series of events in the days leading up to the races. Kip Cornett, right, is chairman of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Keeneland Host Committee.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/05/3464960_tom-martin-planners-for-breeders.html?rh=1Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:28:00 GMT2014-10-05T10:28:00Tom Martin: Planners for Breeders' Cup in Lexington push for 'authentic Kentucky' experienceThe Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland today unveiled the official event logo for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held next year at Keeneland Race Course on October 30 and 31, 2015.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/breeders%E2%80%99-cup-unveils-official-event-logo-2015-breeders%E2%80%99-cup-world-championships-keenelandThu, 02 Oct 2014 08:32:00 GMT2014-10-02T08:32:00Breeders' Cup Unveils Official Event Logo for 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at KeenelandWhen Keeneland announced April 2 that it would tear up its synthetic track surface after the spring meet and replace it with dirt, trainer Charlie LoPresti was among those openly questioning the switch back.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/2014/10/01/new-high-tech-dirt-track-keeneland-hit/16527809/Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:55:00 GMT2014-10-01T08:55:00New high-tech dirt track at Keeneland a hitKentucky's racing calendar is hung up on September, again. Two years ago, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission broke with tradition and awarded the month to Churchill Downs rather than Turfway Park, where purses had dwindled.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/09/30/3455912_churchill-kentucky-downs-both.html?sp=/99/268/927/&rh=1Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:48:00 GMT2014-09-30T08:48:00Churchill, Kentucky Downs both want racing in SeptemberChurchill Downs' second September meet saw wagering decline 16.15 percent from the inaugural effort, according to statistics released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/09/29/churchill-downs-september-meet-sees-wagering-decline/16422321/Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:04:00 GMT2014-09-29T09:04:00Churchill Downs sees double-digit betting dropThe volume for Kentucky residents wagering through advance-deposit wagering companies continues to increase, according to statistics released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/09/25/account-wagering-growth-in-kentucky-continues/16172677/Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:32:00 GMT2014-09-25T09:32:00Account wagering growth in Kentucky continuesThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Thursday approved amendments to its penalty schedule for medication violations, bringing the state largely in line with the recommendations of national groups seeking uniform rules in U.S. racing states.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-adopts-stricter-penalties-multiple-drug-offendersThu, 25 Sep 2014 09:24:00 GMT2014-09-25T09:24:00Kentucky adopts stricter penalties for multiple drug offendersAn expected conflict on the Kentucky racing calendar for 2015 between Churchill Downs and Keeneland Race Course appears to have been resolved.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/09/25/churchill-appears-ready-to-yield-oct-days-to-keeneland/16219691/Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:20:00 GMT2014-09-25T09:20:00Churchill may yield Oct. days to KeenelandKentucky Downs concludes its very successful 2014 race meet today, one that has been highlighted by rich purses and full fields.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-downs-expansion-of-instant-racing-parlor-in-the-works/Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:34:00 GMT2014-09-24T10:34:00KY Downs: Expansion of Instant Racing Parlor in the WorksThanks to a partnership with the KEENELAND ASSOCIATION, University of Kentucky campus organizations now have access to a new, state-of-the-art, collaborative meeting space in the WILLIAM T. YOUNG LIBRARY.http://www.keeneland.com/about/uk-libraries-keeneland-unveil-new-meeting-spaceTue, 23 Sep 2014 10:33:00 GMT2014-09-23T10:33:00UK Libraries, Keeneland Unveil New Meeting SpaceKentucky Downs closes out its highly successful 2014 live racing season on Wednesday, with a trio stakes races and an autograph session with Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte headlining the day’s activities. The first live race is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. (CDT).http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-downs-wraps-up-successful-season-wednesday/Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:34:00 GMT2014-09-21T10:34:00Kentucky Downs Wraps Up Successful Season WednesdayTOBA Pedigree & Conformation Clinic (October 18-19 in Lexington, Ky). Clinic highlights include: conformation discussions by a Hagyard veterinarian, evaluate conformation of sale yearlings at Fasig-Tipton, visit Ashford Stud and discuss conformation management and correctional procedures, discuss pedigree theories and planning matings, enjoy a private lunch and afternoon of racing at Keeneland.http://www.toba.org/programs/seminars-and-clinics.aspxFri, 19 Sep 2014 09:04:00 GMT2014-09-19T09:04:00TOBA Pedigree & Conformation Clinic (October 18-19 in Lexington, KY)The Jockey Club today reported that 2,230 stallions covered 36,656 mares in North America during 2013, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9, 2014. These breedings have resulted in 21,697 live foals of 2014 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 9, 2014.http://jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=747Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:22:00 GMT2014-09-18T10:22:00The Jockey Club Releases 2013 Breeding StatisticsThe September 24 card at Kentucky Downs has been designated Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day, in support of a leading source of veterinary research for horses. Under the unique arrangement offered by Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnsen, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation was invited to solicit sponsorships for eight individual races on the 10-race card, with sponsorship fees being retained by the foundation.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-downs-to-host-grayson-jockey-club-research-foundation-day-sept-24/Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:13:00 GMT2014-09-12T14:13:00KY Downs to Host 'Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day' Sept. 24A growing list of leading farms in Kentucky have expressed their support for EquiLottery, a new lottery game based on the results of live horse races. This announcement comes one day before EquiLottery President & CEO Brad Cummings introduces the game to the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Licensing and Occupations Committee at Keeneland on September 12.http://www.equilottery.com/articles/leading-kentucky-farms-voice-support-for-equilottery.htmlThu, 11 Sep 2014 08:36:00 GMT2014-09-11T08:36:00Leading Kentucky Farms Voice Support for EquiLotteryThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund Advisory Committee Sept. 5 approved formation of a subcommittee to explore possible purse bonuses, or races, for horses sired by Kentucky-based stallions.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87210/kentucky-ponders-sire-based-purses-bonusesFri, 05 Sep 2014 21:46:00 GMT2014-09-05T21:46:00Kentucky Ponders Sire-Based Purses, BonusesOn September 19th the 6th annual installment of “The Betsy,” a grand prix show jumping gala held in honor of the late Betsy Fishback, will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Indoor Arena during the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix, which is the finale of the Hagyard Challenge Series.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/the-betsy-gala-to-benefit-uks-markey-cancer-foundation-sept-19/Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:57:00 GMT2014-09-03T12:57:00'The Betsy' Gala to Benefit UK's Markey Cancer Foundation Sept. 19Racing returns to Churchill Downs in earnest Friday night (Sept. 5) as the historic Louisville racetrack opens its second annual September Meet for an action-packed 12-date run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 28.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/downs-after-dark-kicks-off-churchills-september-meet/Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:47:00 GMT2014-09-03T10:47:00'Downs After Dark' Kicks Off Churchill's September MeetChurchill Downs Sept. 5 opens its second annual September meet, which runs 12 days every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Sept. 28.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87149/churchill-downs-opens-12-day-meet-sept-5Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:28:00 GMT2014-09-02T10:28:00Churchill Downs Opens 12-Day Meet Sept. 5Officials are calling this racing year a "two-part season," saying earlier in the year they had great weather that brought in a lot of people, but the last few weeks took a turn with all the hot and humid temperatures.http://www.14news.com/story/26420733/racing-season-comes-to-end-at-ellis-parkMon, 01 Sep 2014 10:48:00 GMT2014-09-01T10:48:00Racing season comes to end at Ellis ParkKeeneland today unveiled a new dirt racing surface that was installed this summer on its 1 1/16-mile main track. The dirt track is now open for training and will be featured when racing resumes at Keeneland for the Fall Meet, Oct. 3-25.http://keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-debuts-new-dirt-surface-main-race-trackThu, 28 Aug 2014 11:55:00 GMT2014-08-28T11:55:00Keeneland Debuts New Dirt Surface on Main Race TrackKentucky Downs is preparing for its rich five-day all turf racing season which gets underway on Saturday, September 6. Lucrative rewards are in store, and not just for horsemen. Handicappers are invited to enter the $15,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge qualifying handicapping tournament on Wednesday, September 10.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-downs-to-host-breeders-cup-betting-challenge-qualifier-sept-10/Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:10:00 GMT2014-08-28T08:10:00KY Downs to Host Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Qualifier Sept. 10The board of directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (CDI or Company) named William C. Carstanjen as the Company’s 12th Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a position held by Robert L. Evans since August 2006. Carstanjen has been the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer since March 2011.http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/our_company/company_news/2014/08/28/cdi_names_william_c_carstanjen_chief_executive_officerThu, 28 Aug 2014 08:05:00 GMT2014-08-28T08:05:00CDI Names William C. Carstanjen Chief Executive OfficerWhile no candidate for Kentucky governor is actively campaigning against a constitutional amendment on casino gambling, the issue appears to be waning, even among its supporters.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2014/08/27/casino-gambling-kentucky-crapped/14692463/Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:54:00 GMT2014-08-27T11:54:00Kentucky casino supporters are increasingly mumThe Breeders’ Cup announced today the formation of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee for next year’s World Championships, to be held at Keeneland Race Course, October 30-31, 2015.http://www.keeneland.com/about/keeneland-host-committee-announced-2015-breeders-cup-world-championshipsMon, 25 Aug 2014 09:53:00 GMT2014-08-25T09:53:00Keeneland Host Committee Announced for 2015 Breeders' Cup World ChampionshipsKeeneland will welcome 2,500 fifth-grade students on field trips this week as part of a partnership between Keeneland and Fayette County Public Schools that teaches the history of the race track and the importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky’s economy.http://www.keeneland.com/about/keeneland-fayette-county-public-schools-provide-fifth-graders-close-view-kentucky%E2%80%99sMon, 25 Aug 2014 09:44:00 GMT2014-08-25T09:44:00Keeneland, Fayette County Public Schools Provide Fifth Graders Up Close View of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred IndustryIn a stern letter released on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration advised Wickliffe Pharmaceutical, Inc. that it was in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for “adulterated and misbranded” compound drugs.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/fda-kentucky-compounding-pharmacy-mislabeled-drugs/Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:13:00 GMT2014-08-19T13:13:00FDA: Kentucky Compounding Pharmacy Mislabeled DrugsA native of Maryland, Wayne Sweezey, who owns and manages Timber Town Stable with his wife Cathy, came to Kentucky in 1975. He worked for trainer Doug Davis for a year, and then went to college at the University of Kentucky to study agriculture. After college, Sweezey worked in management at a couple different farms, including as an assistant at Manchester Farm and general manager of Jaredcrest for 10 years. In 1998, John Phillips offered Sweezey the position of Sales Director at his family’s Darby Dan Farm. Sweezey readily accepted, and in his first year the farm sold a yearling for $1.7 million. Soon thereafter Sweezey was named Manager of the entire operation. After eight years, Sweezey became General Manager and Partner of Darby Dan Farm, a job which he stayed in for a decade.http://www.kentuckybred.org/timber-town-stable.htmlMon, 18 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT2014-08-18T09:00:00Timber Town StableThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect officers and members of the Board of Directors. The Officers of KTA/KTOB serve one year terms and are elected by members of the KTA/KTOB Board of Directors. Members of the KTA/KTOB Board of Directors serve three year terms are elected by the full membership of the organization.http://www.kentuckybred.org/ktaktob-elects-officers-and-directors-for-2014-2015.htmlFri, 15 Aug 2014 09:34:00 GMT2014-08-15T09:34:00KTA/KTOB Elects Officers and Directors for 2014-2015Retired Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay Jr., Eddie Maple, Chris McCarron, and Randy Romero, as well as active Hall of Fame riders Edgar Prado and Calvin Borel will be at Kentucky Downs for "Hall of Fame Day" Sept. 10.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86628/kentucky-downs-events-to-benefit-jockey-fundThu, 07 Aug 2014 09:29:00 GMT2014-08-07T09:29:00Kentucky Downs Events to Benefit Jockey FundThe U.S. Treasury Department has told Congress that it will review a proposed reinterpretation of a tax rule that would be favorable to horseplayers, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which conducts federal lobbying efforts on behalf of the racing industry, said Wednesday.http://www.drf.com/news/treasury-department-consider-altering-tax-rule-winningsWed, 06 Aug 2014 09:23:00 GMT2014-08-06T09:23:00Treasury Department to consider altering tax rule on winningsComing on the heels of sharp declines during the Churchill Downs spring meet and declines last year at its own meet, Ellis Park saw betting on its meet increase 7.42 percent in July, according to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission statistics.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/08/06/ellis-park-live-racing-handle-on-rebound/13669141/Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:23:00 GMT2014-08-06T09:23:00Ellis Park live racing handle on reboundOn Friday, August 1, President Obama signed into law an American Horse Council (AHC) supported bill, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, making it legal for veterinarians to provide the care necessary to horses away from their licensed place of practice and across state lines.http://www.horsecouncil.org/veterinary-mobility-act-signed-lawMon, 04 Aug 2014 11:41:00 GMT2014-08-04T11:41:00Veterinary Mobility Act Signed Into LawKeeneland Race Course is delaying plans to begin offering instant racing on its Lexington campus because of the 2015 Breeders' Cup.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/07/25/3351737/keeneland-delays-plan-for-instant.htmlSat, 26 Jul 2014 09:24:00 GMT2014-07-26T09:24:00Keeneland delays plan for instant-racing buildingBlue Grass Farm Charities will host their Back To School Backpack Giveaway on August 5th, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky.http://www.kentuckybred.org/blue-grass-farm-charities-back-to-school-backpack-giveaway.htmlTue, 22 Jul 2014 09:12:00 GMT2014-07-22T09:12:00Blue Grass Farm Charities: Back To School Backpack GiveawayKeeneland's transition from polytrack to a natural dirt surface continues progressing, with the latest addition the dirt itself.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/2014/07/21/first-layer-of-dirt-track-down-at-keeneland/12963703/Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:35:00 GMT2014-07-21T13:35:00First layer of dirt track down at KeenelandThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday approved the disbursement of $1 million to the state’s racetracks from a legislative appropriation, with part of the money being used to cover a shortfall in the purse fund at Churchill Downs.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-commission-distributes-1-million-tracksThu, 17 Jul 2014 14:13:00 GMT2014-07-17T14:13:00Kentucky commission distributes $1 million to tracksAttendees who register for the inaugural Thoroughbred Owner Conference in Lexington, Ky., scheduled for October 13 – 16, 2014, by Friday, August 15, will receive an iPad mini as a bonus upon arrival at the conference, it was announced today.http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=727Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:11:00 GMT2014-07-16T09:11:00Thoroughbred Owner Conference Attendees to Receive iPad MiniWhile the region's famed bluegrass isn't exactly blue, it still makes for unforgettable scenery, Harrington says. "In spring it's very green and you contrast that with the horses in the fields, and the fence lines going hill and dale. It's beautiful country and (has) such a deep heritage." The limestone-rich soil is said to be responsible for the distinctive taste of Kentucky bourbon and for the speed and strength of its thoroughbred racehorses. You can see farms by driving country roads outside the city. Guided tours are also available.http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/10greatplaces/2014/07/11/10-best-us-landmarks/12308671/?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-6c6XY0cYZfYvYso9suBUhAFri, 11 Jul 2014 11:29:00 GMT2014-07-11T11:29:0010 best bucket-list U.S. monuments and landmarksDavid Switzer’s career in the horse business spans seven decades and it’s run the gamut, from starting out as a teenager working at a neighbor’s farm for 25 cents a day to working with state and federal lawmakers to draft legislation to benefit Kentucky’s signature industry.http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index.php/this-is-horse-racing/2736-asset-to-the-commonwealthWed, 09 Jul 2014 10:55:00 GMT2014-07-09T10:55:00Tom Law with "This is Horse Racing" interviews retiring KTA/KTOB Executive DirectorThe Breeders’ Cup, in collaboration with Thoroughbred leadership group Vision 2020, announced today the third season of Fantasy ‘Capping, a free-to-play online fantasy game that spotlights 14 of North America’s biggest horse races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game concludes on October 5, with the winner receiving an all-expense paid, VIP trip to the 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/breeders-cup-fantasy-capping-contest-returns-for-2014/Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:56:00 GMT2014-07-09T09:56:00Breeders' Cup Fantasy 'Capping Contest Returns For 2014Today, the House of Representatives passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) by voice vote. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Ted Yoho of Florida, both of whom are veterinarians. It was passed earlier this year by the Senate. The AHC has strongly supported this bill. *** Article courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://www.horsecouncil.org/vet-mobility-act-passed-congressTue, 08 Jul 2014 10:24:00 GMT2014-07-08T10:24:00Vet Mobility Act Passed by CongressRon Geary had planned on taking a lesser role at Ellis Park by now, but that all changed for the majority owner of the thoroughbred racetrack earlier this year.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/07/03/ellis-park-begins-nd-year-thoroughbred-racing/12177687/Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:52:00 GMT2014-07-03T08:52:00Ellis Park begins 92nd year of thoroughbred racingThe June 24 announcement by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) of its enhanced, zero-tolerance policy toward the use of anabolic steroids has generated a response from the Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. about the integrity of Thoroughbreds sold by major American sales companies.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/keeneland-fasig-tipton-respond-to-bha-ban-on-anabolic-steroids/Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:46:00 GMT2014-07-01T09:46:00Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton Respond to BHA Ban on Anabolic SteroidsChurchill Downs closed its 38-day spring meeting June 29, with average field size showing a decline and average daily purses decreasing slightly from the same meet in 2013.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85940/churchill-spring-meet-purses-fields-declineSun, 29 Jun 2014 08:58:00 GMT2014-06-29T08:58:00Churchill Spring Meet Purses, Fields DeclineA special legislative appropriation approved earlier this year to benefit purses for Kentucky-bred horses at Kentucky racetracks may be used in part to help Churchill Downs deal with declines in wagering during the spring meet that ends this weekend.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/06/26/panel-recommends-fix-for-churchill-downs-purse-issue/11417013/Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:06:00 GMT2014-06-27T09:06:00Panel recommends fix for Churchill Downs purse issueThe 2014 Kentucky Downs live all-turf racing season will feature record purses in excess of $1 million per card for each of its five days. Saturday, September 6 is opening day at the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack, with full cards set for Wednesday, September 10, Saturday, September 13, Wednesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 24.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-downs-to-offer-record-purses-totaling-1-millionday-during-2014-racing-season/Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:59:00 GMT2014-06-26T09:59:00KY Downs to Offer Record Purses During 2014 Racing SeasonIt's only fitting that Keeneland will host, at last, the Breeders' Cup — racing's World Series and Super Bowl wrapped into one.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/06/26/3309851/without-farmland-no-breeders-cup.html?fb_action_ids=10204012858579700&fb_action_types=og.commentsThu, 26 Jun 2014 09:27:00 GMT2014-06-26T09:27:00Without farmland, no Breeders' CupThe Breeders’ Cup championship races will be run at familiar and new venues from 2015 to 2017, the organization announced Tuesday.http://www.drf.com/news/breeders-cup-names-keeneland-2015-hostThu, 26 Jun 2014 08:56:00 GMT2014-06-26T08:56:00Breeders' Cup names Keeneland as 2015 hostAmong the winners of a Breeders' Cup at Keeneland would be the Churchill Downs horsemen.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/2014/06/18/churchill-horsemen-stand-benefit-keeneland-cup/10807707/Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:12:00 GMT2014-06-19T12:12:00Churchill horsemen stand to benefit from Keeneland CupThe Breeders' Cup will return to Kentucky after what will be a four-year absence — but not to Churchill Downs.http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/horseracing/2014/06/17/keeneland-host-2015-breeders-cup/10665599/Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:18:00 GMT2014-06-17T09:18:00Keeneland Race Course to host 2015 Breeders' CupKTA/KTOB Executive Director David L. Switzer today announced that effective August 1, 2014 he will retire from the organization after 21 years as its head. Chauncey Morris, recently repatriated from Australia and the former Director of Business Development for the KTA/KTOB, has been selected by the Board to be his successor.http://www.kentuckybred.org/switzer-to-retire-as-kta-ktob-executive-director.htmlFri, 13 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT2014-06-13T09:00:00Switzer to Retire as KTA-KTOB Executive DirectorFor the second time in a little over a year, a Kentucky horse racing regulator's comments potentially gave fodder to opponents of the slot-like Instant Racing game currently in use at two racetracks.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/06/11/instant-racing-lawsuit-factors-in-delaying-new-game/10330893/Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:54:00 GMT2014-06-11T12:54:00Instant Racing lawsuit factors into delaying new gameThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday tabled a request by Kentucky Downs for approval of a novel multi-race wager based on the performance of jockeys’ mounts in the last seven races of the card.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-downs-proposes-new-jockey7-wagerTue, 10 Jun 2014 13:05:00 GMT2014-06-10T13:05:00Kentucky Downs proposes new Jockey7 wagerKeeneland will offer 17 stakes worth a total of $4.925 million during its 2014 fall meet in Lexington.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85621/keeneland-sets-fall-meet-stakes-scheduleTue, 10 Jun 2014 12:58:00 GMT2014-06-10T12:58:00Keeneland Sets Fall Meet Stakes ScheduleSince putting a new marketing plan in place for its Instant Racing games, Ellis Park has seen improvement in the business. The Henderson, Ky., racetrack registered record monthly handle for its Instant Racing games in May as bettors wagered $3,024,776 during the month.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85624/record-instant-racing-handle-for-ellis-parkTue, 10 Jun 2014 12:53:00 GMT2014-06-10T12:53:00Record Instant Racing Handle for Ellis ParkNatalie Turner, Keeneland/KTA scholarship winner, to compete at Chantilly.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/n-a-riding-academy-grad-to-participate-in-international-competition-at-chantilly/Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:07:00 GMT2014-06-09T10:07:00N.A. Riding Academy Grad to Participate in International Competition at ChantillyFrom dream to reality, Suzi Shoemaker has proven that with enough passion and drive you can make dreams come true. Shoemaker grew up in upstate New York with very few ties to the Kentucky equine industry let alone the Thoroughbred industry. She rode Saddlebreds, showing from the time she was 15 until she graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science. It was on a vacation during college that she fell in love with Kentucky.http://www.kentuckybred.org/lantern-hill-farm-dreams-can-come-true.htmlFri, 06 Jun 2014 11:15:00 GMT2014-06-06T11:15:00Lantern Hill Farm: Dreams Can Come TrueHorsemen are reminded that when claiming a horse, the claiming trainer has the option of requesting the claimed horse be sent to the Test Barn for post-race testing. [810 KAR 1:028 Section 2 (9)(a)]http://www.kentuckybred.org/reminder-to-horsemen.htmlFri, 06 Jun 2014 09:26:00 GMT2014-06-06T09:26:00Reminder to HorsemenBeleaguered Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., where the slot-like Instant Racing game hasn't performed to hopes, posted its best month yet in May, according to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission statistics.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/06/04/ellis-park-sees-its-best-month-in-instant-racing-in-may/9949797/Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:49:00 GMT2014-06-04T09:49:00Ellis Park sees its best month in Instant Racing in MayAs California Chrome boosts thoroughbred racing's profile in his quest for the Triple Crown, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. is working to maintain its own profile in the wake of a string of public relations nightmares.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2014/06/03/publicity-woes-beset-churchill-downs/9905733/Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:54:00 GMT2014-06-03T09:54:00Publicity woes beset Churchill DownsBeginning this fall, students enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s equine science and management undergraduate degree program will have the ability to better customize their college experience to match their interests and career aspirations.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/uk%E2%80%99s-equine-undergraduate-curriculum-updatedMon, 02 Jun 2014 09:56:00 GMT2014-06-02T09:56:00UK’s equine undergraduate curriculum updatedThoroughbred racing icon James E. "Ted" Bassett now has a museum exhibit about him to certify his importance in the horse world.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/05/29/keeneland-icon-bassett-gets-exhibit-at-lexington-museum/9712425/Thu, 29 May 2014 09:58:00 GMT2014-05-29T09:58:00Keeneland icon Bassett gets exhibit at Lexington museumAn article sent to us by a member. This article sums it all up for both industries. Just substitute Thoroughbred for Standardbredhttp://pullthepocket.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-disconnect-between-rank-and-file.html?m=1Wed, 28 May 2014 15:33:00 GMT2014-05-28T15:33:00The Disconnect Between the Rank and File and the AlphabetsChurchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN) announced that it has entered into a binding term sheet with The Stronach Group (TSG) under which TSG will operate, at TSG’s expense, live racing and maintain certain facilities used for racing and training at Calder Race Course (Calder) located in Miami Gardens, Fla.http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/our_company/company_news/2014/05/28/cdi_announces_agreement_allowing_the_stronach_group_to_operate_rWed, 28 May 2014 15:00:00 GMT2014-05-28T15:00:00CDI announces agreement allowing The Stronach Group to operate racing at Calder Race CourseVesicular stomatitis (VS) has been detected in five horses in far Southwest Texas, (in Kinney County, southeast of Del Rio, TX). The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the viral infection of the five horses. The horses were tested after the owner observed blistering and swelling on the animals’ muzzles and contacted their veterinary practitioner.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/vesicular-stomatitis-detected-in-texas/Wed, 28 May 2014 14:59:00 GMT2014-05-28T14:59:00Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in TexasThe United States Senate Appropriations Committee May 22 approved a fiscal year 2015 agriculture appropriations bill that impacts the horse industry, the American Horse Council reported May 28.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85344/ag-appropriations-bill-impacts-horse-industryWed, 28 May 2014 14:58:00 GMT2014-05-28T14:58:00Ag Appropriations Bill Impacts Horse IndustryThe 2015 Breeders’ Cup is coming to Keeneland. Or at least that’s a prevailing horse industry rumor that, if true, would mark a major development for the Lexington racetrack and sales company and a new chapter for the fall championship racing series and the corporate entity that runs it.http://bizlex.com/2014/05/handicapping-keenelands-chances-for-the-2015-breeders-cup/Mon, 26 May 2014 14:54:00 GMT2014-05-26T14:54:00Handicapping Keeneland’s Chances For The 2015 Breeders’ CupThe National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Foundation, in conjunction with the Kentucky HBPA, presented trainer Gerry Carwood with a check for $7,000 in emergency assistance aid in the paddock at Keeneland May 22.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85225/horsemen-step-up-to-assist-trainer-carwoodThu, 22 May 2014 09:40:00 GMT2014-05-22T09:40:00Horsemen Step Up to Assist Trainer CarwoodThough People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has submitted a 10-page complaint and a 22-minute video to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission alleging animal abuse last year in trainer Steve Asmussen's Churchill Downs stable, no smoking gun is evident in a review of the evidence.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85220/no-smoking-gun-in-peta-video-sent-to-khrcThu, 22 May 2014 08:41:00 GMT2014-05-22T08:41:00No Smoking Gun in PETA Video Sent to KHRCChanges to regulatory thresholds and withdrawal guidelines for 24 regulated therapeutic medications are set to begin June 6 in Kentucky. Existing Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) withdrawal guidance for therapeutic medications other than the 24 addressed in the regulation will remain unchanged.http://khrc.ky.gov/Lists/News%20Releases/KHRC%20to%20Put%20New%20Medication%20Thresholds%20and%20Withdrawal%20Guidelines%20in%20Effect.pdfWed, 21 May 2014 10:19:00 GMT2014-05-21T10:19:00Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to Put New Medication Thresholds and Withdrawal Guidelines in EffectA horseplayers group that organized a protest of Churchill Downs racetrack after a takeout increase was announced before the Louisville track's spring meeting, reports handle is down $19.3 million through the first 14 race days.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/85190/hana-reports-19m-churchill-handle-declineTue, 20 May 2014 08:54:00 GMT2014-05-20T08:54:00HANA Reports $19M Churchill Handle DeclineKentucky to implement Uniform Medication Rules effective June 6, 2014http://khrc.ky.gov/Documents/24%20Therapeutic%20Medications-TB.pdfThu, 15 May 2014 08:29:00 GMT2014-05-15T08:29:00Kentucky to implement Uniform Medication Rules effective June 6, 2014With Kentucky soon putting more stringent regulations in place regarding corticosteroid administration in racehorses, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) is collecting information on elimination times following specific uses of the medications provided by participating racetrack veterinarians.http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33874/khrc-collecting-corticosteroid-informationWed, 14 May 2014 15:00:00 GMT2014-05-14T15:00:00KHRC Collecting Corticosteroid InformationTuesday's Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting promised to be brief by its limited agenda, until commission member Edward "Ned" Bonnie requested the floor under other business.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/05/14/asmussen-probe-others-draw-ky-commission-members-ire/9089333/Wed, 14 May 2014 14:58:00 GMT2014-05-14T14:58:00Asmussen probe, others draw Ky. commission member's ireThe Lexington pharmaceutical company, Wickliffe, is under investigation by the FDA for their compounded EPM drug.http://www.lex18.com/news/pharmacy-investigated-after-horse-deaths/Mon, 12 May 2014 15:58:00 GMT2014-05-12T15:58:00Pharmacy Investigated After Horse DeathsGet out your big, extravagant hats and mix up a batch of mint juleps: It’s Kentucky Derby time.http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/current-events/kentucky-derby-tv-ratings-super-bowl-ncaa-nba-finals-daytona-500/Fri, 02 May 2014 09:07:00 GMT2014-05-02T09:07:00Does America Still Care About the Kentucky Derby? Oh Yes.Representatives of the Jockey Club on Friday morning will contact the owners and trainers of horses entered in the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby who have pledged to make their horses’ vet records publicly available, a spokesperson for the organization said on Thursday.http://www.drf.com/news/jockey-club-presses-forward-vet-recordsThu, 01 May 2014 10:31:00 GMT2014-05-01T10:31:00Jockey Club presses forward on vet recordsAs Derby Day nears Kentucky's signature sport faces greater competition from other states that lure horses and trainers with bigger purses.http://www.wave3.com/story/25397907/kentucky-racing-industrys-future-in-doubt-because-of-competitionThu, 01 May 2014 09:11:00 GMT2014-05-01T09:11:00Kentucky racing industry's future in doubt because of competitionThe Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has approved full accreditation of three laboratories under the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation Program.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/three-more-labs-accredited-by-rmtc/Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:52:00 GMT2014-04-30T09:52:00Three More Labs Accredited by RMTC; 23 States Now using RMTC-Accredited LabsThe race is not yet over. The finish line is still a few furlongs away. But the contenders for the 2015 Breeders' Cup have pulled away from the pack and the leader looks like ...http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/columnists/sullivan/2014/04/29/churchill-downs-keeneland-breeders-cup-churchill-downs/8483509/Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:14:00 GMT2014-04-30T09:14:00Keeneland in the lead for Breeders' CupChad Brown and I studied the two possibilities for Normandy Invasion’s next race. We reluctantly decided on the Alysheba over the Westchester. There were several reasons that we thought the Alysheba would benefit Normandy. This morning I asked Victoria, my able assistant, to call the lady she knows at Churchill that distributes the tickets for owners of horses in the stakes on Friday and Saturday. She told Victoria that I was entitled to no seats as an owner of a horse in a $300k G2 race on Friday. I was also informed that I did not even get a ticket to get in the track. We were offered several seats for $200 but the lady that knew Victoria said that we would not be happy with the seats.http://foxhillfarmstable.com/2014/04/28/churchill-made-an-irresponsible-mistake/Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:28:00 GMT2014-04-28T10:28:00Churchill Made an Irresponsible MistakeJoin us for a unique opportunity to attend a first-class educational and entertaining experience for current and prospective owners in the sport of Thoroughbred racing in the heart of the world-famous Bluegrass region of Lexington, Kentucky. Hosted by OwnerView, an information resource developed jointly by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.https://www.ownerview.com/event/inaugural-national-thoroughbred-owner-conferenceFri, 25 Apr 2014 10:38:00 GMT2014-04-25T10:38:00National Thoroughbred Owner ConferenceThe folks who were here in 1875 probably wouldn’t recognize Churchill Downs anymore. Not only were their beloved Twin Spires dwarfed by a massive remodeling almost 10 years ago, but lights have been installed, including some on the inner perimeter of a turf course, no less.http://www.drf.com/news/change-air-churchill-downs-opens-spring-meetThu, 24 Apr 2014 09:32:00 GMT2014-04-24T09:32:00Change is in the air as Churchill Downs opens spring meetWISE DAN was named the winner of three 2013 KTOB KY-bred Champion awards for the second consecutive year, including HORSE OF THE YEAR, at today’s annual KTOB KY-bred Champions Awards Luncheon hosted at Keeneland Racecourse. In addition, WISE DAN was voted KY-bred Champion OLDER MALE and MALE TURF HORSE. WISE DAN is owned by his breeder Morton Fink and trained by KTA/KTOB Board Member, Charles LoPresti. KTOB Broodmare of the Year honors went to TAKE CHARGE LADY, owned by Eaton Sales who also took home honors as the breeder of 3 Year Old Colt, WILL TAKE CHARGE.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-thoroughbred-owners-and-breeders-(ktob)-announce-2013-ky-bred-champions-merit-award-winners-and-ktdf-leaders.htmlThu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT2014-04-17T14:00:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) Announce 2013 KY-Bred Champions, Merit Award Winners, and KTDF LeadersA story published Wednesday on the Paulick Report detailed wide variances in drug testing standards, procedures and budgets across several states that conduct horse racing.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/switzer-use-of-20th-century-drug-testing-a-disgrace/Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:24:00 GMT2014-04-17T10:24:00Switzer: Use of 20th Century Drug Testing a ‘Disgrace’Simply retiring a horse when his prime racing days have passed is fraught with complications; main concerns include cost of long-term care (horses can live upwards of 25 years), location of a suitable facility, and assurance that the horse is being cared for properly. Adoption, on the other hand, offers myriad options for successful second careers; it places no additional financial or emotional burden on the owner or breeder. These second-career choices, however, hinge on one key element: That the horse is retired from racing while still sound. Sarah Coleman, soon-to-be director of education and development for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in the United States, explores the importance of soundness for a successful second career.http://thoroughbredracing.com/articles/successful-second-careers-start-soundness/Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:25:00 GMT2014-04-16T09:25:00Successful Second Careers Start with SoundnessChurchill Downs' new video board, the largest 4K high-definition screen in the world, is ready to light up for race fans on opening night.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/2014/04/15/construction-done-on-churchill-video-board/7740379/Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:25:00 GMT2014-04-15T09:25:00Construction done on Churchill Downs' giant video boardThe slot-like Instant Racing game saw its best month in Kentucky in March thanks to a record-setting month at Kentucky Downs in Franklin.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/04/14/instant-racing-sees-biggest-month-in-kentucky/7700587/Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:22:00 GMT2014-04-14T09:22:00Instant Racing sees biggest month in Kentucky in MarchKentucky horsemen expected backlash from Churchill Downs' decision to charge the maximum takeout rates allowed by state law, but they hope positives follow from increased purses that improve the racing product enough to outweigh those negatives.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/84381/mixed-reaction-to-churchill-takeout-increaseMon, 14 Apr 2014 09:22:00 GMT2014-04-14T09:22:00Mixed Reaction to Churchill Takeout IncreaseKentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed two bills on Thursday and Friday dealing with racing issues, including a bill establishing a 0.5 percent tax on bets made by residents through account-wagering companies.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-gov-beshear-signs-two-racing-billsFri, 11 Apr 2014 09:26:00 GMT2014-04-11T09:26:00Kentucky Gov. Beshear signs two racing billsThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission issued the following news release:. In short, appropriate substances are those prescribed by a veterinarian to treat a specific horse following a specific diagnosis utilizing substances that have been authorized by the Federal Drug Administration directly for horses or extra label use.http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/04/10/federal-government-failure-to-enforce-laws-pertaining-to-compounding-pharmacies--a-487942.htmlThu, 10 Apr 2014 09:30:00 GMT2014-04-10T09:30:00Federal Government Failure to Enforce Laws Pertaining to Compounding Pharmacies Making Racing Integrity Battle More DifficultToday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) (S.1406). The PAST Act would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and finally end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. The AHC has been working to advance this important piece of legislation in both the Senate and House and is pleased it is one step closer to passage. *** Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe6a12717567047c771c&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe0115717466017471147674&r=0Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:23:00 GMT2014-04-09T12:23:00Senate Committee Approves PAST ActU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014.http://www.kentuckybred.org/usda’s-farm-service-agency-officially-announces-sign-up-date-for-disaster-assistance-programs.htmlTue, 08 Apr 2014 09:33:00 GMT2014-04-08T09:33:00USDA’s Farm Service Agency Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Disaster Assistance ProgramsCan't join us for TOBA's Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar on April 18? Watch the live webcast on BloodHorse.comhttp://www.kentuckybred.org/register-today-for-tobas-thoroughbred-ownership-seminar.htmlMon, 07 Apr 2014 10:54:00 GMT2014-04-07T10:54:00TOBA's Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar - Sign up for Live WebcastThis is a festive day in Lexington, the opening of Keeneland's spring meet, our annual celebration of dogwood blossoms, sundresses and seersucker, burgoo and, oh, yes, horses.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/04/3177616/racings-drug-rules-need-real-penalties.htmlFri, 04 Apr 2014 15:10:00 GMT2014-04-04T15:10:00Racing's drug rules need real penaltiesOn April 3, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee approved a tax extender bill that included several provisions important to the horse industry. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe6412707c66047c7216&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fdfd15707c63007c76107070&r=0Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:08:00 GMT2014-04-04T15:08:00Senate Finance Committee Approves Horse Provisions in Tax Extender BillKentucky Derby 2014 point standingshttp://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-derby-2014-point-standingsThu, 03 Apr 2014 15:20:00 GMT2014-04-03T15:20:00Kentucky Derby 2014 point standingsThe "long story short" of how both Instant Racing and account wagering are on the verge of being taxed is that House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark and Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer traded tax plans. (Gov. Steve Beshear has yet to sign or veto the bills.)http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/04/03/howlawmakersagreedtotaxadwwageringinstantracing/7255649/Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:19:00 GMT2014-04-03T15:19:00How lawmakers agreed to tax ADW wagering, Instant RacingKeeneland announced today that it will build a multipurpose facility – the Keeneland Event Center – on its campus to house state-of-the-art simulcast wagering, Instant Racing and dining. The facility is scheduled to open in July 2015.http://www.keeneland.com/about/keeneland-announces-keeneland-event-centerWed, 02 Apr 2014 15:40:00 GMT2014-04-02T15:40:00Keeneland Announces Keeneland Event CenterKeeneland announced today that it is converting its main race track from synthetic Polytrack material to a state-of-the-art dirt surface, with a drainage system that will be the first of its kind in North America.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-convert-main-race-trackWed, 02 Apr 2014 15:19:00 GMT2014-04-02T15:19:00Keeneland to Convert Main Race TrackThe Red Mile, a historic harness racetrack near downtown Lexington, plans to invest $25 million in a potential new gambling parlor that could employ as many as 150 people, according to documents filed with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/01/3173116/red-mile-racetrack-plans-25-million.htmlTue, 01 Apr 2014 15:30:00 GMT2014-04-01T15:30:00Red Mile racetrack plans $25 million, 500-terminal instant racing venueWagers made online will be taxed and more money will be directed to thoroughbred purses under budget deals and bills approved Monday.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2014/03/31/racing-purses-benefit-kentucky-budget-deal/7128911/Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:34:00 GMT2014-03-31T15:34:00Racing purses benefit in Kentucky budget dealThe Jockey Club today released the fatality statistics collected from the Equine Injury Database for the five-year period from 2009 to 2013.http://thejockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=701Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:09:00 GMT2014-03-31T15:09:00The Jockey Club Releases Five-Year Statistics from Equine Injury DatabaseChurchill Downs will have a new look this Derby: A monster-sized high-definition video board, 2,400 new seats and — apparently, most important — nine new restroom areas.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/horse-racing/2014/03/27/churchill-upgrades-track-spring-opening/6946015/Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:27:00 GMT2014-03-27T09:27:00Churchill upgrades on track for spring openingKeeneland is throwing its hat into the ring as a potential host site for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, track president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason confirmed March 27.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/84050/keeneland-plans-future-bid-for-breeders-cupThu, 27 Mar 2014 09:24:00 GMT2014-03-27T09:24:00Keeneland Plans Future Bid for Breeders' CupDespite reservations about passing a retroactive tax and taxing something that's in the middle of a lawsuit, the Kentucky Senate approved a 1.5 percent tax on Instant Racing with a stipulation that the legality of the games is still something for a long-running lawsuit to decide.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/horse-biz/2014/03/26/instant-racing-tax-take-three/6903425/Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:40:00 GMT2014-03-26T12:40:00Instant Racing tax, take threeOn March 13, 2014, Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD), introduced a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for requirements for employers of H-2B nonimmigrants (HR 4238). The bill would make changes to the H-2B temporary non-agricultural guest worker program and help ensure the program is a functional option for employers who can't find American workers, including those in the horse industry. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5a12707364067a7d1c&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fdee157073630d7b7d107576&r=0Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:58:00 GMT2014-03-25T11:58:00Non-Agricultural Worker Immigration Bill IntroducedThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Turfway Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Located in Northern Kentucky, outside of Cincinnati, the track hosts its biggest annual racing program Saturday, highlighted by the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/turfway-re-accredited-by-ntra-safety-and-integrity-alliance/Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:11:00 GMT2014-03-22T13:11:00Turfway Re-Accredited by NTRA Safety and Integrity AllianceA plan to expand a purse supplement program to keep more Kentucky-bred horses in the state cleared a House committee Wednesday and appears to be on track to pass both legislative chambers.http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2014/03/19/horse-purse-bill-advances-house/6606923/Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:43:00 GMT2014-03-19T11:43:00Horse purse bill advances in HouseThe board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) held a regular meeting March 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/rmtc-edits-uniform-medication-guidelines-at-regular-meeting/Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:45:00 GMT2014-03-18T11:45:00RMTC Edits Uniform Medication Guidelines at Regular MeetingA March 14 horsemen's meeting on upcoming equine medication changes in Kentucky revealed some interesting information: The four months of racing at Turfway Park are the "cleanest" in the state, according to regular analysis of drug-testing results.http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33548/khrc-drug-tests-turfway-meet-cleanestMon, 17 Mar 2014 10:32:00 GMT2014-03-17T10:32:00KHRC Drug Tests: Turfway Meet 'Cleanest'The Jockey Club announced today that the 2014 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com.http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=695Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:20:00 GMT2014-03-14T14:20:002014 Fact Book, State Fact Books Available on The Jockey Club WebsiteA surplus in the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund will allow Turfway Park to increase purses for allowance and maiden special weight races through the end of its winter/spring meet.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/83765/turfway-to-boost-purses-with-ktdf-supplementsThu, 13 Mar 2014 14:12:00 GMT2014-03-13T14:12:00Turfway to Boost Purses With KTDF SupplementsAs Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus, Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) hosted the first meeting of the Caucus on March 5, 2014.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/congressional-horse-caucus-discusses-job-creation-economic-growth-in-horse-industry/Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:21:00 GMT2014-03-10T10:21:00Congressional Horse Caucus Discusses Job Creation, Economic Growth in Horse IndustryHorse racing makes news being unpredictable. The horse industry being divided over expanded gambling, however, hardly qualifies as a surprise (or maybe even news) after 20 years of failed Frankfort efforts.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/03/10/can-horse-industry-divide-over-kentucky-casinos-be-repaired-or-does-it-matter/Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:44:00 GMT2014-03-10T09:44:00Can horse industry divide over Kentucky casinos be repaired (or does it matter)?Commercial Equine Farm operations that file a schedule F when reporting income taxes may be eligible for Federal Disaster Reliefhttp://www.kbtx.com/news/local/headlines/Livestock-Producers-Urged-to-Keep-Good-Records-During-Severe-Weather-248996821.htmlFri, 07 Mar 2014 13:57:00 GMT2014-03-07T13:57:00Livestock Producers Urged to Keep Good Records During Severe WeatherA third constitutional amendment that could allow Kentucky casinos was filed on Tuesday by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140304/NEWS0101/303040098/1001/Expanded-gambling-bill-filed-by-House-Speaker-Greg-Stumbo?nclick_check=1Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:51:00 GMT2014-03-04T10:51:00Expanded gambling bill filed by House Speaker Greg StumboI was honored to be elected as chairman of the RMTCBthe industry=s scientific advisory organization consisting of 23 major racing industry stakeholder organizations B in September of 2013. I chose to accept this expanded role after participating as a board member since the RMTC=s inception over a decade ago. I am passionate about RMTC=s education and advocacy initiatives, particularly the RMTC=s efforts to reform horse racing=s national medication policy through the development and advancement of uniform medication rules, a multiple violator penalty system, laboratory accreditation / external quality assurance, and a tactical research program. These initiatives are evidence that this consortium is the industry=s best means to ensure horse racing safety and integrity.http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/restricted/pdf/oped/oped140214.pdfSat, 01 Mar 2014 13:58:00 GMT2014-03-01T13:58:00Op-ed by Alex Waldrop: The Importance of the RMTCLeader board for qualifying points to the 2014 Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Points are earned by the top four finishers in designated Kentucky Derby prep races. Earnings in non-restricted stakes races serve as a tie-breaker.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-derby-2014-point-standingsSat, 01 Mar 2014 09:13:00 GMT2014-03-01T09:13:00Kentucky Derby 2014 point standingsLouisville Mayor Greg Fischer says Churchill Downs Inc. officials have told him they would prefer operating a casino in downtown Louisville rather than at the Central Avenue racetrack if expanded gambling is ever legalized in Kentucky.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140225/BUSINESS/302250072/1037/SPORTS08/Fischer-says-Churchill-Downs-would-build-a-casino-downtownWed, 26 Feb 2014 09:07:00 GMT2014-02-26T09:07:00Churchill Downs would build casino downtown, Louisville mayor saysChurchill Downs Inc. made more money from casino gambling than fromf racing: full-year revenue from the company's five gaming properties surpassed revenue from the company's four racing properties for the first time, the company reported Wednesday.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/02/26/3110129/gaming-beats-horses-in-2013-churchill.htmlWed, 26 Feb 2014 09:06:00 GMT2014-02-26T09:06:00Gaming beats horses in 2013 Churchill Downs revenueThe NBC Sports Group and Churchill Downs reached an agreement to show the Triple Crown race along with the Kenutcky Oaks -- a race for 3-year-old fillies -- through 2025.http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/horses/2014/02/26/nbc-kentucky-derby-horse-racing/5833265/Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:57:00 GMT2014-02-26T08:57:00NBC signs up Kentucky Derby for 10 yearsThe Henderson, Ky., is asking the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to move 50 machines to Kentucky Downs in Franklin, where the game has performed better than at Ellis. Unlike Kentucky Downs, Ellis faces competition from an Evansville casino just miles away.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/02/25/instant-racing-ellis-park-seeks-to-cut-overhead-move-50-machines-to-kentucky-downs/Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:01:00 GMT2014-02-25T09:01:00Instant Racing | Ellis Park seeks to cut overhead, move 50 machines to Kentucky DownsOpponents of the Instant Racing gambling machines will be able to continue their fight to have the slot-like games declared illegal, but the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday took away some of their argument in ruling that the state Racing Commission has the authority to allow the games.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140220/BUSINESS/302200027/Slot-like-instant-racing-game-legally-implemented-tax-can-t-collected-Kentucky-Supreme-Court-saysThu, 20 Feb 2014 08:40:00 GMT2014-02-20T08:40:00Instant Racing opponents can continue fight, but ruling removes some argumentsThe 2014 Farm Bill makes the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to October 1, 2011. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. LFP payments for drought are equal to 60 percent of the monthly feed cost for up to 5 months. LFP payments for fire on federally managed rangeland are equal to 50 percent of the monthly feed cost for the number of days the producer is prohibited from grazing the managed rangeland, not to exceed 180 calendar days. The grazing losses must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/lfp_2014_fbill.pdfWed, 19 Feb 2014 09:45:00 GMT2014-02-19T09:45:00USDA Disaster Assistance Program: 2014 Livestock Forage Disaster Program FactsheetThe 2014 Farm Bill makes the Livestock Indemnity Payments (LIP) a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible livestock losses back to Oct. 1, 2011. LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the Federal Government or protected by Federal law, including wolves and avian predators. LIP payments are equal to 75 percent of the market value of the applicable livestock on the day before the date of death of the livestock as determined by the Secretary.http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/lip_pf_021214_1.pdfWed, 19 Feb 2014 09:12:00 GMT2014-02-19T09:12:00USDA Disaster Assistance Program: 2014 Livestock Indemnity Program FactsheetHorse Racing Radio Network will launch its "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series this Saturday, Feb. 22, with a live broadcast from Gulfstream Park.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/83427/hrrn-launches-road-to-the-kentucky-derbyWed, 19 Feb 2014 09:06:00 GMT2014-02-19T09:06:00HRRN Launches Road to the Kentucky DerbyAs the 60-day session of the General Assembly nears its halfway point, even proponents of legislation to allow casino gambling in the state are giving it long odds.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140215/news0101/302150038/gambling-bill-still-work-progress-beshear-saysSun, 16 Feb 2014 08:59:00 GMT2014-02-16T08:59:00Gambling bill still 'work in progress,' Beshear saysThe Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) will hold a Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. The seminar, sponsored by Blood-Horse Publications, will feature approaches to success, options for acquiring horses and resources for Thoroughbred owners. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch the morning workouts, participate in a new “virtual ownership” session on the backstretch, and wrap up the event with an afternoon of racing. The seminar will also be available as a webcast.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/toba-to-host-ownership-seminar-at-keeneland-april-18/Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:50:00 GMT2014-02-12T11:50:00TOBA to Host Ownership Seminar at Keeneland April 18There is no sentiment in the state Senate to approve expanded gambling in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said Monday night after Senate Republicans met for more than an hour behind closed doors to discuss the issue.http://www.kentucky.com/2014/02/10/3080599/kentucky-senate-leader-says-theres.htmlMon, 10 Feb 2014 11:55:00 GMT2014-02-10T11:55:00Kentucky Senate leader says there's no sentiment to act on expanded gamblingThe slot-like Instant Racing game in use at two Kentucky tracks saw its best year-over-year gains in January since last summer, according to results from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/02/10/instant-racing-gains-in-january-in-kentucky-are-best-since-summer/Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:41:00 GMT2014-02-10T11:41:00Instant Racing gains in January in Kentucky are best since summerThe Jockey Club and Equibase Company today announced the release of the America’s Best Racing app for iPhone and Android. The free app includes video replays provided by Roberts Communications plus full charts and pari-mutuel payoffs of all graded stakes races (including the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup) for the current year as they occur, as well as every graded stakes race run since 2010.http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=687Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:14:00 GMT2014-02-06T13:14:00The Jockey Club, Equibase Announce 2014 America’s Best Racing App for iPhone and AndroidThe sponsor of a Senate constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling in Kentucky said Wednesday that he believes he’s about three votes short of the 23 he would need to pass the amendment and send it to the House.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/02/05/kentucky-casino-amendment-sponsor-says-hes-about-three-votes-short/Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:09:00 GMT2014-02-05T13:09:00Kentucky casino amendment sponsor says he’s about three votes shortGov. Steve Beshear’s tax plan is covered extensively by colleague Tom Loftus in this story. But here are some highlights for the horse industry.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/02/04/beshear-tax-plan-proposes-benefits-for-horse-industry/Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:07:00 GMT2014-02-04T13:07:00Beshear tax plan proposes benefits for horse industryU.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comment regarding Senate passage of his hemp provision, which is included in the Farm Bill conference report:http://jbk-current-events.blogspot.com/2014/02/mcconnell-hemp-provision-passed-by.htmlTue, 04 Feb 2014 08:43:00 GMT2014-02-04T08:43:00McConnell Hemp Provision Passed by Senate; Measure Now Goes to President for SignatureNews from the American Horse Council for Winter 2014 ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5111787c6d01797512&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe261d707c62017c771578&r=0Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:02:00 GMT2014-01-31T09:02:00AHC News: Winter 2014On January 29, 2013, The House of Representatives passed a multi-year Farm Bill known as the Agricultural Act of 2014. The bill will set national agriculture policy and reauthorize many U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs for the next five years. The horse industry is not as dependent on programs authorized by the Farm Bill as other segments of American agriculture. However, several programs important to the horse industry are reauthorized by the bill, including livestock disaster programs, the Market Access Program, and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe4b11787c6c0c7e7d17&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe231d707d630279721473&r=0Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:40:00 GMT2014-01-30T11:40:00House Passes Farm Bill, Senate Approval ExpectedUniversity of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and UK Ag Equine Programs will host Pastures Please!! 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Scott County Extension office, 1130 Cincinnati Road in Georgetown. The public is invited to the free annual event, particularly horse owners and farm managers interested in the latest information about horse pasture management.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/extension-agents-host-7th-annual-pastures-pleaseWed, 29 Jan 2014 11:42:00 GMT2014-01-29T11:42:00Extension agents host 7th Annual Pastures Please!Proposed changes to standardbred medication rules and penalties by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have prompted a bit of a tempest in thoroughbred circles. The issue will be on the agenda Tuesday for a special meeting of the commission’s rules committee.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/01/27/kentucky-racing-commission-panel-to-look-at-whether-medication-rule-places-blame-in-proper-place/Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:27:00 GMT2014-01-27T15:27:00Kentucky racing commission panel to look at whether medication rule places blame in proper placeCatherine Parke, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Animal Science, always knew Kentucky was home. Originally from Ohio, Parke explained, “I think in a past life I must have been raised here because I don’t want to be anywhere else.” This desire to make Kentucky her permanent home led to the founding of Valkyre Stud in 1978. After teaching hunter and jumper riding lessons after college, Parke wanted to change focus to the Thoroughbred industry and began working for Henry White, an internationally renowned and respected third-generation horseman. Parke gained valuable farm experience with White by working in the office, breaking yearlings, helping with veterinarian work, etc.http://www.kentuckybred.org/valkyre-stud.htmlFri, 24 Jan 2014 11:39:00 GMT2014-01-24T11:39:00Valkyre StudThe Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association will hold an educational seminar Feb. 4 at the Keeneland sales pavilion.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/83009/cba-to-hold-first-educational-symposiumThu, 23 Jan 2014 10:14:00 GMT2014-01-23T10:14:00CBA to Hold First Educational SymposiumThe Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that the fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Lexington, Ky.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/fifth-annual-welfare-safety-of-the-racehorse-summit-set-for-july-8-9/Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:48:00 GMT2014-01-22T09:48:00Fifth Annual Welfare & Safety of the Racehorse Summit Set for July 8-9An attorney for a leading anti-gambling group in Kentucky said Wednesday that the General Assembly cannot approve a bill to regulate casinos until after the state constitution is changed by voters, which at the earliest would be in Novemberhttp://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140121/NEWS0101/301210119/1037/SPORTS08/Casino-opponent-says-legislature-can-t-pass-related-bill-until-amendment-approvedWed, 22 Jan 2014 09:39:00 GMT2014-01-22T09:39:00Casino opponent says legislature can't pass related bill until amendment approvedThe Dubai World Cup and five Grade 1 turf races for older horses will be among the 20 live stakes races broadcast on Fox Sports 1 this year as part of a partnership with the Jockey Club, the organizations announced Monday.http://www.drf.com/news/fox-sports-1-jockey-club-release-list-televised-stakesMon, 20 Jan 2014 09:35:00 GMT2014-01-20T09:35:00Fox Sports 1, Jockey Club release list of televised stakesA bill to expand a Kentucky thoroughbred purse supplement fund to include certain horses — eligible to be bought in a race — easily passed the state Senate on Thursday and now goes to the House of Representatives.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140116/NEWS0101/301160104/1037/SPORTS08/Bill-to-expand-Kentucky-bred-purse-supplement-program-clears-Senate-36-1?nclick_check=1Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-16T00:00:00Bill to expand Kentucky-bred purse supplement program clears Senate 36-1HRTV (R), The Network for Horse Sports, will again provide live coverage of the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, it was announced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/hrtv-to-present-live-coverage-of-eclipse-awards-on-jan-18/Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-15T00:00:00HRTV to Present Live Coverage of Eclipse Awards on Jan. 18House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark said Wednesday that he believes there’s public support to pass a constitutional amendment to expand gambling, but getting the necessary votes within the legislature is less certain.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140115/NEWS0101/301150081/1037/SPORTS08/Expanded-gambling-supported-by-public-Kentucky-lawmaker-says?nclick_check=1Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-15T00:00:00Expanded gambling supported by public, Kentucky lawmaker saysGridlock and partisanship were the defining characteristics of Washington, DC in 2013. The government shut down for the first time in 17 years and the first session of the 113th Congress has officially become the least productive Congress in modern history, passing only 58 bills. Despite these challenges the American Horse Council was able to achieve several successes and advance many horse industry priorities concerning equine health, welfare issues, and disaster assistance, in addition to its a new initiative to get more people involved with horses. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5711787061037d771c&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe271c7673650579731478&r=0Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-15T00:00:00Despite Washington Gridlock, AHC Advances Horse Industry PrioritiesLegislation authorizing a more liberal use of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund sailed through a Senate committee Jan. 14.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82823/ktdf-adjustment-bill-sails-through-committeeTue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-14T00:00:00KTDF Adjustment Bill Sails Through CommitteeChurchill Downs has adjusted its policy on supplemental nominations to the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to make supplemental entrants eligible to make the field for the race if they have qualified on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" point system.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82829/churchill-has-new-derby-supplemental-policyTue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-14T00:00:00Churchill Has New Derby Supplemental PolicyDuring 2013, horse owners, breeders and businesses enjoyed a number of favorable tax provisions that have now reverted to lower levels or expired. Over sixty tax provisions expired, some applied to all businesses, including the horse industry, and one was specifically applicable to owners of race horses. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5b11787064077c7c11&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe291c7675650c7d711679&r=0Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-13T00:00:00Favorable Tax Provisions Expire; Extender Bill IntroducedYesterday, the United States Senate passed, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 1171), sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). The bill was passed unanimously without amendment and has been sent to the House of Representatives where it awaits further action. ***Courtesy of the American Horse Council.http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe551178716403757011&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2e1c747d60057e761670&r=0Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-09T00:00:00Senate Passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility ActThe Jockey Club today unveiled a redesigned website, jockeyclub.com, that focuses in large part on the industry service activities and advocacy efforts the organization leads or supports in addition to providing information about industry events and the organization’s affiliated companies and charitable foundations.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/the-jockey-club-launches-redesigned-website/Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-08T00:00:00The Jockey Club Launches Redesigned WebsiteLed by Horse of the Year candidates Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Wise Dan, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters today announced the finalists for the 2013 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group on Saturday evening, January 18 at the Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2014/1/8/2013-eclipse-award-finalists-are-announced/Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-08T00:00:002013 Eclipse Award Finalists Are AnnouncedKentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Jan. 7 again said the state needs sources of new revenue, one of which is casino gambling.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82708/beshear-makes-push-for-casino-referendumWed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-08T00:00:00Beshear Makes Push for Casino ReferendumOn the heels of a successful debut in 2013, The Jockey Club announced today that it will continue the America’s Best Racing mobile marketing tour with a team of six brand ambassadors embedded in key racing markets throughout 2014 and 2015. The major racing events of the tour will be supported by the 2014 edition of the “ABRV,” a bus that will focus on hospitality and direct fan education.http://www.ntra.com/en/news-media/press-releases/2014/1/7/brand-ambassadors-mobile-marketing-program-renewed-for-abr-fan-development-initiative-in-201415/Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-07T00:00:00Brand Ambassadors, Mobile Marketing Program Renewed for ABR Fan Development Initiative in 2014-15The UK Equine Showcase, now in its third year, will highlight the university's current equine programs and relevant industry findings. It will run from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 7, with a light reception following. The showcase will offer four hours of Continuing Education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.http://www.kentuckybred.org/uk-equine-showcase-and-5th-annual-kentucky-breeders-short-course.htmlSun, 05 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-05T00:00:00UK Equine Showcase and 5th annual Kentucky Breeders' Short CourseWhile Kentucky’s efforts to eliminate race-day furosemide, better known as Lasix, from graded and listed stakes went nowhere (literally), the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s other policy change on the only drug allowed to be given on race day is now part of the normal routine.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/01/05/kentucky-rule-change-on-who-gives-lasix-shots-brought-interesting-results/Sun, 05 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-05T00:00:00Kentucky rule change on who gives Lasix shots brought interesting resultsUnited States race dates declined by 3.15% in 2013 when compared to the previous year, yet total wagering and purses held steady, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase Jan. 5.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82675/us-wagering-purses-held-steady-in-2013Sun, 05 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-05T00:00:00U.S. Wagering, Purses Held Steady in 2013A predominantly turf sire, Kitten’s Joy finished the year with earnings of $US11.32 million to edge out Speightstown by $71,022.http://www.racingandsports.com.au/en/breeding/kittens-joy-tops-in-america-story-293470Sun, 05 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-05T00:00:00Kitten's Joy Tops In AmericaAs the annual Eclipse Awards approaches, Gary West, writing for ESPN, warns that the awards soon may no longer represent the prestigious champions of the sport and instead are well on the way to devolving into a mere popularity contest.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/west-eclipse-voters-eschew-criteria-in-favor-of-popularity/Sun, 05 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-05T00:00:00West: Eclipse Voters Eschew Criteria For PopularityFollowing three official prep races on Saturday along the Roads to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs announced updated leader boards to include the new points-earners.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/churchill-updates-road-to-kentucky-derby-oaks-leaderboards/Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-04T00:00:00Churchill Updates Road to Kentucky Derby, Oaks LeaderboardsIt’s time to once again rank the newly-turned 3-year-olds as they begin the long march to the Triple Crown series of 2014.http://www.saratogian.com/sports/20140104/veitch-column-ranking-the-new-crop-of-3-year-oldsSat, 04 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-04T00:00:00Veitch Column: Ranking the new crop of 3-year-oldsInstant Racing saw a 23 percent increase in wagering last month over the previous December at the two Kentucky racetracks that use the slot-like game, but all of that gain came at Kentucky Downs while Ellis Park saw a decrease.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2014/01/03/instant-racing-gains-continue-statewide-but-ellis-declines/Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT2014-01-03T00:00:00Instant Racing gains continue statewide, but Ellis declinesRepresentatives of the Kentucky state legislature, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and Thoroughbred industry organizations met at Turfway Park Thursday to hear from Sen. John Schickel (R-District 11) regarding a new bill that will make more purse money available to certain Thoroughbred horses racing in Kentucky.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-legislation-to-expand-ktdf-availability-to-be-introduced-in-2014/Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-19T00:00:00KY: Legislation to Expand KTDF Availability to Be Introduced in 2014OwnerView, the website and information resource developed by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to assist both current and prospective Thoroughbred owners, will host a national, two-day Thoroughbred ownership conference in October 2014 at Keeneland Race Course, it was announced today.http://thejockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=677Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-19T00:00:00OwnerView to Host National Ownership Conference in OctoberOfficials from Turfway Park agreed this week to increase purses at this month’s Holiday Meeting because of underestimating how much was available to offer from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund, the portion of state pari-mutuel tax revenues dedicated for boosting purses for Kentucky-bred horses.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/12/13/a-bit-of-good-news-for-turfway-park-but-bad-news-potentially-looms/Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-13T00:00:00A bit of good news for Turfway Park, but bad news potentially loomsThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Dec. 11 approved changes to its withdrawal time guidelines for all racing breeds in line with the national uniform medication rules.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82395/kentucky-steps-toward-medication-uniformityWed, 11 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-11T00:00:00Kentucky Steps Toward Medication UniformityIn response to complaints that Kentucky-bred horses running in allowance/optional claiming races are being encouraged to run out of state, a bill is expected to be filed in the next session of the General Assembly that would allow horses running in those races for a claiming price of $25,000 or more to be eligible for the extra money.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/12/10/change-sought-to-allow-some-claiming-horses-get-kentucky-bred-purse-incentives/Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-10T00:00:00Change sought to allow some claiming horses get Kentucky-bred purse incentivesNew Instant Racing numbers released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission show a handle increase of more than a third each of the last two months for the slot-like game.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/12/09/kentucky-instant-racing-up-more-than-a-third-in-each-of-last-two-months/Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-09T00:00:00Kentucky Instant Racing up more than a third in each of last two monthsLet's Help Dr. Brown Fill Up Rupp Arena!http://www.ukathletics.com/blog/2013/12/uk-hoops-supporter-to-honor-wifes-memory-by-sharing-horse-racing-experience.htmlFri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-06T00:00:00UK Hoops supporter to honor wife's memory by sharing horse-racing experienceKentucky's farm economy shifted into over-drive as a moneymaker this year, backed by robust equine, poultry, and cattle markets and predictions of record grain yields that are putting total cash receipts on a rapid trajectory toward $6 billion.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82326/equine-sector-helps-boost-ky-ag-receiptsFri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-06T00:00:00Equine Sector Helps Boost KY Ag ReceiptsIn an effort to "Pack the House" vs. No. 2 Duke in Rupp Arena on Sunday, Dec. 22, the Kentucky women's basketball program has paired up with horse owner and prominent Lexington area veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown to offer one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind horse racing experience.http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-hoops-giving-away-unique-horse-racing-experience-at-duke-gameWed, 04 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-04T00:00:00UK Hoops Giving Away Unique Horse Racing Experience At Duke GameThe final three days — with progressively warmer weather, good and enthusiastic crowds and terrific stakes — let the meet end on a very high note.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20131203/SPORTS08/312030083/Jennie-Rees-Churchill-Downs-fall-meet-left-lot-desiredWed, 04 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-04T00:00:00Jennie Rees: Churchill Downs' fall meet left a lot to be desiredAn advisory committee to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday approved changes to the state’s medication rules that would align Kentucky with rules passed in almost a dozen other states this year, but not before hearing strident complaints about a provision tightening the use of the bronchial dilator clenbuterol.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-advisory-committee-approves-changes-medication-rulesTue, 03 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-12-03T00:00:00Kentucky advisory committee approves changes to medication rulesCiting a compelling vision for the future of the college and a national reputation for leadership, University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan Tuesday announced that Nancy Cox has accepted the position as dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.http://www.lanereport.com/26875/2013/11/nancy-cox-selected-as-new-dean-for-uk-college-of-agriculture-food-and-environment/?utm_source=Faster%20Lane%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=nov-26-2013Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-26T00:00:00Nancy Cox selected as new dean for UK College of Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentWhat Would You Do as Racing Czar? The Blood-Horse recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring members of Vision 20/20, a group of under-40s formed to strengthen the Thoroughbred industry through various methods.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/13025/youth-in-racing-the-vision-2020-group---part-5?section=news-and-featuresTue, 26 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-26T00:00:00Youth In Racing: The Vision 20/20 Group - Part 5Anyone wondering why many people believe federal oversight is the only way horse racing can be effectively regulated — with uniform national standards regarding medication use, testing and enforcement — need look no further than comments made by Phil Hanrahan at last Thursday’s congressional subcommittee hearing on H.R. 2012, a bill better known as the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013.http://www.saratogian.com/sports/20131125/scott-column-congress-looks-at-racing-againMon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-25T00:00:00Scott Column: Congress looks at racing againEarly Kentucky Derby Future Wager Poolhttp://www.kentuckyderby.com/news/2013/11/25/earliest-kentucky-derby-future-wager-pool-offers-holiday-bargains-heavily-favors-allMon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-25T00:00:00Earliest Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool Offers Holiday Bargains, But Heavily Favors 'All Others'It’s been six years since Kentucky’s debate over expanded gambling was ignited when Gov. Steve Beshear campaigned – and won – on a platform of using gambling revenue to aid the state’s ailing horse industry and shore up funding for education and other priorities.http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20131125/NEWS0103/311250014/As-state-mulls-bet-casinos-NKY-already-biggest-loser?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Cimg%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp&nclick_check=1Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-25T00:00:00As state mulls bet on casinos, NKY already biggest loserHow Can Racetracks Bring in New Fans? The Blood-Horse recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring members of Vision 20/20, a group of under-40s formed to strengthen the Thoroughbred industry through various methods.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/13023/youth-in-racing-the-vision-2020-group---part-4?section=news-and-featuresFri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-22T00:00:00Youth In Racing: The Vision 20/20 Group - Part 4A Congressional subcommittee hearing called to discuss a bill that would grant a federally designated agency the power to enforce racing’s drug rules did not produce a clear indication of whether the bill would find support in a legislature that is split philosophically on the role the government should play in regulation.http://www.drf.com/news/federal-oversight-bill-rerunsThu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-21T00:00:00Federal oversight bill in rerunsA Louisville Democrat has drafted legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow three stand-alone casinos, plus five others at horse tracks.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82106/legislation-calls-for-five-kentucky-racinosWed, 20 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-20T00:00:00Legislation Calls for Five Kentucky RacinosAs it engages ongoing competitive challenges that include gaming-enhanced purses at other racetracks and continued growth of casino competition in its home region, Churchill Downs has announced a reduction in purses that will affect four races scheduled during the eight days remaining in the 25-day fall meet that continues through Saturday, Nov. 30.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82105/churchill-reduces-stakes-pursesWed, 20 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-20T00:00:00Churchill Reduces Stakes PursesLive Thoroughbred racing returns to the Tristate on Sun., Dec. 1, with the opening of Turfway Park’s 38th consecutive holiday meet.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing/2013/11/19/turfway-opens-dec-1-with-polytrack-renovation/Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-19T00:00:00Turfway opens Dec. 1 with Polytrack renovationGive Us Specific Initiatives to Bring In New Fans. The Blood-Horse recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring members of Vision 20/20, a group of under-40s formed to strengthen the Throgouhbred industry through various methods.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/13021/youth-in-racing-the-vision-2020-group---part-3?section=news-and-featuresTue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-19T00:00:00Youth In Racing: The Vision 20/20 Group - Part 3The Blood-Horse recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring members of Vision 20/20, a group of under-40s formed to strengthen the Thoroughbred industry through various methods.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/13018/youth-in-racing-the-vision-2020-group---part-1?section=news-and-featuresTue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-19T00:00:00Youth In Racing: The Vision 20/20 Group - Part 1How Can Racing Attract Younger Demographics? The Blood-Horse recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring members of Vision 20/20, a group of under-40s formed to strengthen the Throgouhbred industry through various methods.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/13019/youth-in-racing-the-vision-2020-group---part-2?section=news-and-featuresTue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-19T00:00:00Youth In Racing: The Vision 20/20 Group - Part 2The United States Congress has scheduled a hearing on Thursday (Nov. 21) on H.R. 2012, a bill that would impose federal regulations on medication related issues in horse racing and install the United States Anti-Doping Agency into an oversight poisition on drug testing of races nationwide.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/congress-schedules-horseracing-hearing-thursday/Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-15T00:00:00Congress Schedules Horseracing Hearing ThursdayKentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney is again calling for lawmakers to provide an exemption from the state sales tax for products used in the horse industry.http://www.fox19.com/story/23965186/farm-bureau-wants-exemption-to-equine-sales-taxThu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-14T00:00:00Farm Bureau wants exemption to equine sales taxIf Kentucky is going to join the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Reform's efforts to put uniform medication rules in place in each racing state, it's going to take some work and time.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/82026/slow-go-on-mid-atlantic-reform-in-kentuckyThu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-14T00:00:00Slow Go on Mid-Atlantic Reform in KentuckyAwards Presented at 2013 Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy Conferencehttp://www.kentuckybred.org/awards-presented-at-2013-governors-office-of-agricultural-policy-conference.htmlTue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-12T00:00:00Awards Presented at 2013 Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy ConferenceThe American Horse Council is asking its member organizations, their members and the entire horse community to help in the drafting of the 2015 National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Equine Study, which is in the preparation stages now. NAHMS is within the U. S. Department of Agriculture and is working with the National Agricultural Statistics Service to prepare for its Equine 2015 study.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ahc-seeks-industry-input-on-2015-equine-study/Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-11T00:00:00AHC Seeks Industry Input on 2015 Equine StudyThe Kentucky Supreme Court will soon decide whether the Kentucky Racing Commission acted properly in 2010 when it approved instant wagering — betting on past races chosen at random using a device very much like a slot machine.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/10/2922699/casino-cash-no-elixir-for-racing.htmlSun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-10T00:00:00Casino cash no elixir for racing, look for cure within sport of kingsThe Jockey Club announced today that it will fund baseline concussion testing for all jockeys who use the Jockey Health Information System (JHIS).http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/the-jockey-club-to-fund-baseline-concussion-tests-for-jockeys/Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-06T00:00:00The Jockey Club to Fund Baseline Concussion Tests for JockeysDon Robinson, owner of Winter Quarter Farm and best known for breeding multiple Eclipse Award winner Zenyatta, 2010 Horse of the Year, and his leadership as chairman of the LFUCG Planning Commission making the motion for the change for minimum lot acreage from 10 to 40 acres in agricultural areas, was named the 2013 Josephine Abercrombie Vision Award Winner; and Mayor Ed Burtner of Winchester, who has been a major advocate for Bluegrass Station and the Bluegrass Army Depot and is active in many regional organizations and projects, won the “Bluegrass Legacy” Vision Award, at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s annual Vision Awards Breakfast recently.http://fayettealliance.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/BGTomorrowVisionaryAwards.pdfMon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-04T00:00:00Bluegrass Tomorrow names 2013 Vision Award winnersTotal two-day common-pool handle for the Friday and Saturday race cards of the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park was $160,704,877, representing an 11 percent increase over 2012 figure of $144,272,332, Breeders’ Cup announced today.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/attendance-handle-both-increase-at-2013-breeders-cup/Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-11-02T00:00:00Attendance, Handle Both Increase at 2013 Breeders’ CupChurchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (CDI or Company) today reported results for the third-quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/churchill-downs-reports-record-results-for-third-quarter/Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-30T00:00:00Churchill Downs Reports Record Results for Third QuarterThe Jockey Club and its affiliated companies have been implementing various initiatives recommended by McKinsey & Company in August 2011 and distributing occasional updates to keep the industry apprised of its progress.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/jockey-club-issues-sustainable-growth-progress-report/Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-26T00:00:00Jockey Club Issues ‘Sustainable Growth’ Progress ReportThe best of the best will be on display at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1- 2, with the leading trainers in the United States and Europe pre-entering a star-studded array of talent for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81507/nine-past-winners-return-for-breeders-cupThu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-24T00:00:00Nine Past Winners Return for Breeders' CupThe 2012 edition of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale was a banner renewal, posting new records in overall gross, average and median prices. A year later, those high-water marks are a distant memory.http://www.drf.com/news/fasig-tipton-kentucky-third-session-wraps-record-setting-renewalWed, 23 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-23T00:00:00Fasig-Tipton Kentucky: Third session wraps record-setting renewalAfter Kentucky Downs conceded on one date that would have conflicted with Churchill Downs in September, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a 2014 dates schedule that follows the dates raced in 2013.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81501/2014-kentucky-racing-dates-approvedTue, 22 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-22T00:00:002014 Kentucky Racing Dates ApprovedThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a request by Churchill Downs to offer a Pick 6 that creates large carryover pools and has been successful at Gulfstream Park in Florida.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81503/unique-pick-6-approved-for-churchill-downsTue, 22 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-22T00:00:00'Unique Pick 6' Approved for Churchill DownsWith the Affordable Care Act now U.S. law, there is a great deal of confusion among employers and individuals working in the horse business about what they must do to adhere to the health care program that is commonly referred to as Obamacare. We went to the experts for some answers to frequently asked questions: Jeff Truitt, the senior vice president of Benefit Insurance Marketing, and Deanna J. Johnson, the director of compliance for the Lexington-based company that works with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association in providing health care benefits to thousands of individuals employed in the horse business.http://www.paulickreport.com/features/the-breeders-cup-forum/the-breeders-cup-forum-understanding-the-affordable-care-act/Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-16T00:00:00The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Understanding the Affordable Care ActCome join the Makers Mark Secretariat Center, a 501C3 organization located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, as they celebrate their 10 year Anniversary as a premier re-schooling facility for OTTBs. Their mission is to retrain eligible Thoroughbreds to go on to second careers and become ambassadors for the breed showcasing their versatility and athleticism. The event coincides with the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown win. Tickets to the event are $100 per person. Please call the MMSC at 859 246 3080 for information and reservations. www.secretariatcenter.org.http://www.kentuckybred.org/sips-n-saddles--makers-mark-secretariat-center-event.htmlWed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-16T00:00:00Sips 'N Saddles - Makers Mark Secretariat Center EventChip Bach, general manager of the Florence, Ky., track said Monday that the surface has “performed below our expectations,” and officials can’t wait for hoped-for expanded gambling revenues to solve the issue. He also disclosed that the Florence track’s longtime chief financial officer is no longer with company.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/10/16/turfway-park-to-undertake-renovation-of-its-polytrack-surface/Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-16T00:00:00Turfway Park to undertake renovation of its Polytrack surfaceSince Kentucky regulators took over the administration of race-day Lasix in October of last year, scientists at the state’s official testing laboratory say the change in regulation appears to be doing its job.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/lab-state-administration-of-lasix-working-in-kentucky/Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-16T00:00:00Lab: State Administration of Lasix Working in KentuckyKeeneland Association and the Logan Development Group have announced a strategic partnership to provide students participating in Keeneland's College Ambassadors Program with access to the Logan Development Group's Elite Collegiate Career Placement Program.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81353/keeneland-partners-with-logan-developmentWed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-16T00:00:00Keeneland Partners with Logan DevelopmentJackie “Jody” Huckabay, Jr. and his late father, Dr. Jackie Huckabay, founded Elm Tree Farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1989. The property was once known as “Clark’s Station” and was built in 1784 by Dr. Robert Clark, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. It was home to Elizabeth Station, a part of the railroad which connected Frankfort to Paris and linked the mainline of “The Whiskey Route” which serviced many of Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon distilleries.http://www.kentuckybred.org/elm-tree-farm.htmlTue, 15 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-15T00:00:00Elm Tree FarmIn a high-profile case before the Kentucky Supreme Court, Kentucky Downs — the state’s first track to offer the Instant Racing game that looks like a slot machine — has argued that it is the same as a bet on a live horse race, and just as legal.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20131013/BUSINESS/310140006/Kentucky-Downs-opponents-say-s-trying-both-ways-Instant-RacingSun, 13 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-13T00:00:00Kentucky Downs' opponents say it's trying to have it both ways with Instant RacingKeeneland Association earned its sixth International Simulcast Award at the 21st annual International Simulcast Conference, held Oct. 7-9 in Lexington. It is the fifth time in the past six years Keeneland has taken the top honor.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/keeneland-wins-sixth-international-simulcast-award/Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-10T00:00:00Keeneland Wins Sixth International Simulcast AwardWhile Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky racetracks have called for expanded gambling to save a suffering horse industry, racing and breeding officials told lawmakers Wednesday that Kentucky horses are still dominating North America and the world.http://mycn2.com/politics/horse-industry-still-running-strong-with-breeding-and-purses-officials-tell-lawmakersWed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-09T00:00:00Horse industry still running strong with breeding and purses, officials tell lawmakersTrying to spice up wagering, Churchill Downs Racetrack would like to start a progressive jackpot pick 6 where a single winner would take down the entire pot — including a rolling jackpot funded by a portion of wagers from previous days when there were multiple winners.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/10/09/concerns-over-a-progressive-jackpot-wager-in-kentucky/Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-09T00:00:00Concerns over a proposed progressive jackpot wager in Kentucky at Churchill DownsA panel of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has deferred action on 2014 racing dates for Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to give those two tracks an opportunity to work out overlapping requests for three Saturdays in September.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81174/khrc-panel-defers-action-on-some-2014-datesMon, 07 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-07T00:00:00KHRC Panel Defers Action on Some 2014 DatesThe Kentucky Historical Society seeks owners of a piece on loan since 1975. If written assertion of this title is not presented within six (6) months of final publication of this notice, title shall vest in the museum subject to KRS 171.843. If you are the owner or know their whereabouts, contact: The Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort KY 40601; email deborah.vanhorn@ky.gov; Phone: 502-564-1792, ext. 4418. Property: The "Lexington Trophy," silver pitcher, engraved "Citizens Stake, won by Lexington, times 3.42 1/2, 3.41 1/2, 3.49, Spring 1853." Owner: The estate of Warren Viley McFerran. Last known address: Anne C. Ensminger, 1305 Handy Pike, Harrodsburg, KY 40330http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-historical-society-seeks-owners-of-the-lexington-trophy.htmlFri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-04T00:00:00Kentucky Historical Society seeks owners of The "Lexington Trophy"One year after the most contentious thoroughbred racing dates fights seen in Kentucky in some time, a repeat performance appears unlikely based on what the heads of the two tracks at the center of last year’s debate have said they’re seeking for 2014.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/10/02/major-fights-of-2013-kentucky-thoroughbred-racing-dates-appear-unlikely-for-2014-debate/Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-02T00:00:00Major fights of 2013 Kentucky thoroughbred racing dates appear unlikely for 2014 debateAn increase in the number of fatal breakdowns this summer at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., led to an interesting safety discussion during last week’s Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting — with one member suggesting that all tracks be mandated to perform surface testing.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/10/01/should-kentucky-racetracks-be-required-to-perform-analysis-of-their-surfaces/Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-10-01T00:00:00Should Kentucky racetracks be required to perform analysis of their surfaces?To date Congress has failed to pass any of the annual appropriation bills that fund government agencies and projects for the 2014 fiscal year (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014). Congress has also failed to come to an agreement regarding a Continuing Resolution that would continue to fund the government past the end of the current fiscal year, which ends tonight at midnight. If an agreement is not reached by that time non-essential government operations, many that impact the horse industry and equestrians, could cease. Should a shutdown occur, it could impact the U.S Department of Agriculture's response to disease outbreaks, procedures for the import and export of horses, recreation on federal land, and temporary worker programs. At this time, government agencies are still working on their shutdown plans and determining essential and non-essential operations. (This article is courtesy of the American Horse Council.)http://www.horsecouncil.org/government-shutdown-could-impact-horse-industryMon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-30T00:00:00Government Shutdown Could Impact Horse IndustryFinal thoughts on Churchill Downs’ new September meet: To sum it up in a tweet: Great for horsemen & KY; made CD some $ Needs more entries & to catch on w public. Bad U of L football, NFL strike could help #servedpurposehttp://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130930/SPORTS08/309300098/Jennie-Rees-Churchill-Downs-new-September-meet-winnerMon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-30T00:00:00Churchill Downs' new September meet was a winnerWith its five-day run spread over bits of three weeks, Kentucky Downs stamped itself as a serious player, not just in the commonwealth or Midwest but nationally.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing/2013/09/28/kentucky-downs-serious-player-not-just-here-but-nationally/Sat, 28 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-28T00:00:00Kentucky Downs: Serious player not just here but nationallyTiming is everything, and the spin required to convince the Kentucky legislature that the Thoroughbred industry needs alternative gaming to survive just got a lot trickier.http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/wgoh/archive/2013/09/25/kentucky-conundrum.aspxWed, 25 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-25T00:00:00Kentucky ConundrumA reward of $20,000 is being offered by the StarNet Insurance Company for information leading to the arrest, recovery and conviction in regard to the Sept. 12 burglary at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in which five precious trophies were stolen.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/20000-reward-offered-in-stolen-trophy-case/Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-24T00:00:00Museum Offers $20,000 Reward in Stolen Trophy CaseA federal judge in Texas has ruled against Churchill Downs Inc. in its challenge of a Texas law that bans online gambling offered by Churchill’s TwinSpires.com.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130924/BUSINESS/309240051/Churchill-Downs-Inc-loses-effort-overturn-Texas-online-gambling-banTue, 24 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-24T00:00:00Churchill Downs Inc. loses effort to overturn Texas online gambling banRegulatory veterinarians in Kentucky say there is no explanation for a spike in the number of equine fatalities during the recently concluded meet at Ellis Park in Henderson.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80852/no-pattern-seen-in-ellis-park-fatalitiesMon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-23T00:00:00No Pattern Seen in Ellis Park FatalitiesThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday approved funding for two projects designed to better understand the physiological impacts of medications, both legal and illegal, on horses.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-horse-racing-commission-approves-funding-medication-studiesMon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-23T00:00:00Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves funding for medication studiesIf too much of a good thing is not a good thing, well, then maybe Kentucky Downs should just go ahead and end its meet.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-downs-meet-ends-typical-full-fieldsMon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-23T00:00:00Kentucky Downs meet ends with typical full fieldsThe board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) held a regular meeting September 17 in Denver, Colo.http://www.rmtcnet.com/content_pressreleases.asp?id=&s=&article=1642Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-20T00:00:00RMTC Board: Stanozolol Threshold Eliminated, Ohio State Lab Granted Interim Accreditation......The 12-day Keeneland September yearling sale continued to show strength at the top Sept. 17 as it rolled through its eighth day at a session that seemed to gain strength as it went.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80745/keeneland-sale-numbers-still-well-above-2012Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-18T00:00:00Keeneland Sale Numbers Still Well Above 2012The following analysis by Gary West was provided by the Kentucky Downs press office: The first three days at Kentucky Downs produced record numbers, standout racing, and a tale of two courses. The early racing emphasized some constants — such as winning favorites and success for horses from Arlington Park and Saratoga — but also stressed the importance of observation and warned handicappers against inflexible assumptions, reminding them that circumstances can change as fast as, well, the weather. Most of all, though, the racing supported the premise that Kentucky Downs, because of the quality of its racing and the value of its wagering, has become one of America’s most bettor-friendly racetracks.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/numbers-bloom-handicapping-angles-emerge-after-kentucky-downs-opener/Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-18T00:00:00Numbers Bloom, Handicapping Angles Emerge After Kentucky Downs OpenerAlfred Nuckols, Jr., owner of Hurstland Farm, has been named the 2013 Farm Manager of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/kentucky-throughbred-farm-managers-honor-nuckols/Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-14T00:00:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Honor NuckolsThe Jockey Club today reported that 2,392 stallions covered 37,908 mares in North America during 2012, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9, 2013. These breedings have resulted in 22,001 live foals of 2013 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 9, 2013.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/2012-breeding-statistics-released-by-the-jockey-club/Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-13T00:00:002012 Breeding Statistics Released by The Jockey ClubThe recently released 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey results don't just reveal important information on the economic impact data of the commonwealth's equine industry, they also open the door for new horse health surveillance and disease mitigating measures.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80593/kentucky-equine-surveys-horse-health-implicationsTue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-10T00:00:00Kentucky Equine Survey's Horse Health ImplicationsPositive momentum continued during the second session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale on Tuesday, with results indicating good balance through the first half of the expanded Book 1 in the auction’s new format.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/by-the-numbers-keeneland-sale-ahead-of-2012-pace/Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-10T00:00:00By the Numbers: Keeneland Sale Ahead of 2012 PaceThe following was provided by Keeneland’s Sunday sale notes and was written by Thomas A. “Tad” Davis, author of the 2013 edition of Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook and tax counsel for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the American Horse Council. Davis urges readers to consult their tax adviser for additional information.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/tax-incentives-abound-for-keeneland-september-buyers/Sun, 08 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-08T00:00:00Tax Incentives Abound for Keeneland September BuyersIt looks like the Kentucky Derby and Oaks days experiment to feature Kentucky-bred thoroughbreds with the Kentucky Proud logo has expanded.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/09/07/kentucky-proud-every-day/?odyssey=obinsiteSun, 08 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-08T00:00:00Kentucky Proud, every dayKentucky Downs opened its 21st season of live racing with an all-time wagering record of $2,837,897 for Saturday’s 10-race card. With outstanding racing, the handle mark showed a 108% increase over the 2012 opening day figure.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-downs-opening-day-sets-wagering-record-up-108-from-2012/Sat, 07 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-07T00:00:00Kentucky Downs Opening Day Sets Wagering Record; Up 108% from 2012Although there were several reasons for the omission of handle from the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey, a lack of cooperation from racetracks was cited by the project director as the biggest factor in not including wagering totals.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80515/ky-equine-survey-does-not-include-wageringSat, 07 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-07T00:00:00KY Equine Survey Does Not Include WageringA survey released Sept. 6 showing the Kentucky horse industry had an estimated economic impact of nearly $3 billion in 2012 is unlikely to impact the issue of whether alternative gaming should be approved by the state legislature, according to a top-ranking state senator.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80519/ky-survey-unlikely-to-impact-gaming-issueFri, 06 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-06T00:00:00KY Survey Unlikely to Impact Gaming IssueStuart Brown, a Lexington-based veterinarian, was named 2013 Friend of the University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine Programs during its Equine Science and Management reception Sept. 3 at Spindletop Hall.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/stuart-brown-named-2013-friend-uk-ag-equine-programsThu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-05T00:00:00Stuart Brown named 2013 Friend of UK Ag Equine ProgramsThere are only a few days of live racing each year at Kentucky Downs, but many fans and bettors look forward to the brief late summer meet as both a unique racing experience and betting opportunity.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/johnsen-kentucky-downs-a-bettors-paradise/Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-05T00:00:00Johnsen: Kentucky Downs a ‘Bettor’s Paradise’Will Mayer is a sales associate at Keeneland where he oversees Keeneland’s International Development Program. He’s a 2011 graduate of the Darley Flying Start program and has been with the Lexington-based sales and racing company for two years.http://www.paulickreport.com/features/the-breeders-cup-forum/the-breeders-cup-forum-thinking-global/Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-05T00:00:00The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Thinking GlobalCompared with 2012, average all-sources pari-mutuel handle declined 17% at the recently completed Ellis Park summer meet, a decrease the track attributes to new competition and fewer off-track wagering outlets in Kentucky.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80455/total-handle-plummets-at-ellis-park-meetWed, 04 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-04T00:00:00Total Handle Plummets at Ellis Park MeetThe Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2013: the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/the-jockey-club-announces-t-i-p-award-winners/Tue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-03T00:00:00The Jockey Club Announces T.I.P. Award WinnersThree of the seven stakes that will be run Saturday in the state of Kentucky were drawn Tuesday at Kentucky Downs, where a trio of $150,000 stakes anchor a 10-race opening-day card.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-downs-churchill-downs-make-state-doubleheaderTue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-09-03T00:00:00Kentucky Downs, Churchill Downs make for in-state doubleheaderHORSES and HOPE started at Kentucky’s four Thoroughbred racetracks – Keeneland in Lexington, Turfway Park in Florence, Churchill Downs in Louisville, and Ellis Park in Henderson. Since then we’ve expanded to include our state’s American Saddlebred horse shows including the World’s Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair and other equine venues. More than 600,000 race fans, equine enthusiasts, and horse industry workers have received breast cancer information and services through HORSES and HOPE. To register for Horses and Hope, please go to the following website: http://www.horsesandhope.org/downloads/HHTR%20waiver.pdfhttp://www.horsesandhope.org/downloads/HHTR_brochure.pdfFri, 30 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-30T00:00:00Horses and Hope Benefit Trail RideCOLLEGE RIVALRY NIGHT: Help your favorite college win part of $10,000 in scholarships! On September 7th at 6:00 PMhttp://www.churchilldowns.com/calendar/day/2013-09-7Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-30T00:00:00Downs After Dark - Presented by Finlandia VodkaKentucky Downs in Franklin, KY will offer some of the richest daily purses in the country during its boutique five-date live racing season this September. And the big financial rewards are not just for horsemen, as the track will host a Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge qualifying handicapping tournament on Wednesday, September 18th.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ky-downs-to-host-bc-betting-challenge-qualifier/Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-29T00:00:00KY Downs to Host BC Betting Challenge QualifierChurchill Downs Inc. is considering adding 50 new positions paying an average of about $100,000 in Louisville as part of its effort to offer online gambling games like poker.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130829/BUSINESS/308290046/Churchill-online-gambling-expansion-could-add-50-100K-plus-jobs-LouisvilleThu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-29T00:00:00Churchill online gambling expansion could add 50 $100K-plus jobs in LouisvilleNearly 2,500 fifth-grade students will take field trips to Keeneland this week to learn about the historic race track and the vital role of the horse industry in Kentucky’s economy as part of a partnership between Keeneland and Fayette County Public Schools.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/keeneland-fayette-co-public-schools-team-up-to-teach-kids-about-horse-industry/Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-26T00:00:00Keeneland, Fayette Co. Public Schools Team Up to Teach Kids About Horse IndustryProponents and opponents of historical race wagering, also called Instant Racing, expressed optimism that their respective sides will prevail following a lengthy hearing before the Kentucky Supreme Court Aug. 21.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80197/ky-supreme-court-hears-instant-racing-caseThu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-22T00:00:00KY Supreme Court Hears Instant Racing CaseWith low takeout rates and full fields of horses expected to compete in its lucrative races, Kentucky Downs will present enticing wagering opportunities during its 21st season of racing on Sept. 7, 11, 14, 18 and 25.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/kentucky-downs-boasts-lowest-exacta-takeout-in-u-s/Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-22T00:00:00Kentucky Downs Boasts Lowest Exacta Takeout in U.S.An initial introduction in Kentucky of the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Program received some raised eyebrows, but supporters of the changes are encouraged that the important racing state is giving the program some consideration.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80081/uniform-drug-reform-discussed-in-kentuckyThu, 15 Aug 2013 13:03:00 GMT2013-08-15T13:03:00Uniform Drug Reform Discussed in KentuckyByron “Scooter” Hughes was raised in the Thoroughbred industry. Both his parents were actively involved in the business, and Hughes was raised first on Greentree Farm, and then on Dr. and Mrs. Elsie Asbury’s Forest Retreat Farm near Carlisle.http://www.kentuckybred.org/byron-“scooter”-hughes-kentucky-based-trainer-of-record-setting-rahystrada.htmlThu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-15T00:00:00Byron “Scooter” Hughes: Kentucky-based Trainer of Record-Setting RAHYSTRADAThe Jockey Club is projecting a 2014 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 22,000, it was announced today by Matt Iuliano, the organization’s executive vice president and executive director.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/jockey-club-reduces-foal-crop-estimates-projects-2014-decline/Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-10T00:00:00Jockey Club Reduces Foal Crop Estimates, Projects 2014 DeclineThe points system introduced last year to determine eligibility for the 2013 Kentucky Derby will remain mostly the same for the 2014 Derby, Churchill Downs announced Friday.http://www.drf.com/news/churchill-downs-tweaks-points-system-kentucky-derby-eligibilityFri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-09T00:00:00Churchill Downs tweaks points system for Kentucky Derby eligibilityFOX Sports and The Jockey Club announced today a multi-year agreement to air prominent graded stakes races starting in 2014 from many of horse racing’s best known tracks on FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching Saturday, Aug. 17.http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=642Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-08T00:00:00FOX Sports Announces Multi-Year Partnership with The Jockey ClubIn the recent earnings report call with investors and analysts, Churchill Downs Inc. Chairman and CEO Bob Evans was asked whether the Kentucky Derby will benefit from NBC Sports’ recent deal to get NASCAR and the increased market for sports programming content with the birth of Fox Sports 1.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/08/06/could-new-tv-network-sports-battles-help-churchill-downs-inc-and-kentucky-derby/Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-06T00:00:00Could new TV network sports battles help Churchill Downs Inc. and Kentucky Derby?Reminder the deadline for KBIF nominations is August 15th. Don't forget to nominate your pregnant mares for the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund!!http://www.kentuckybred.org/deadline-for-kbif-nominations-is-august-15th.htmlTue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-06T00:00:00Deadline for KBIF Nominations is August 15thA record Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) week in terms of revenue helped Churchill Downs Inc. to a record-breaking second quarter in 2013.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79788/churchill-shatters-earnings-revenue-recordsThu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-01T00:00:00Churchill Shatters Earnings, Revenue RecordsTracking emerging and re-emerging equine diseases helps the horse world attempt to stay a step ahead of economically devastating and deadly outbreaks. For that reason, equine veterinarians and industry members gathered on June 14, for Merck Animal Health’s "Equine Emerging and Re-emerging Disease Luncheon" at the 2013 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Seattle, Wash., to discuss which infectious diseases most concern leading veterinarians and researchers.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79781/equine-emerging-diseases-reviewedThu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-08-01T00:00:00Equine Emerging Diseases ReviewedThe Instant Racing machines that look like slots but are billed as pari-mutuel race bets are making money at Ellis Park, but they are falling well short of the boost they provided Kentucky Downs in Franklin.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130730/BUSINESS/307310071/Instant-Racing-disappoints-Ellis-ParkWed, 31 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-31T00:00:00Instant Racing disappoints at Ellis Park in Henderson, KentuckyRacing Commissioners International (RCI) voted today to create a penalty point system and “enhanced” suspensions for trainers with multiple medication violations, strengthening how racing regulators deal with repeat offenders.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/rci-cracks-down-on-blood-doping-multiple-violators/Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-31T00:00:00RCI Cracks Down on Blood Doping, Repeat ViolatorsThe Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, is offering a Performance Award pilot program for the second half of 2013.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/thoroughbred-incentive-program-now-offering-performance-awards/Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-31T00:00:00Thoroughbred Incentive Program Now Offering Performance AwardsThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect officers and members of the Board of Directors.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kta-ktob-elects-officers-and-directors-for-2013-2014.htmlMon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-29T00:00:00KTA-KTOB Elects Officers and Directors for 2013-2014The Jockey Club has issued a reminder to stallion managers to submit their Reports of Mares Bred for the 2013 breeding season by Aug. 1.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79661/reports-of-mares-bred-due-aug-1Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-26T00:00:00Reports of Mares Bred Due Aug. 1The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st December 2012 and and 14th July 2013http://www.ifhaonline.org/resources/2013Rankings/2013_07_WTR.aspFri, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-26T00:00:00The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse RankingsKeeneland has scheduled 17 stakes — including six carrying Grade I status — worth $4.625 million in purse money for its 2013 fall meet, the Lexington track announced Thursday.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130725/SPORTS08/307250062/Keeneland-s-Fall-Meet-will-play-key-Breeders-Cup-roleThu, 25 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-25T00:00:00Keeneland's Fall Meet will play key Breeders' Cup roleChurchill Downs is planning a rooftop garden at the top of the track's homestretch in the latest leg in the company's efforts to improve the iconic home of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79638/churchill-downs-plans-two-story-additionThu, 25 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-25T00:00:00Churchill Downs Plans Two-Story AdditionKeeneland announced July 25 a schedule of 17 stakes—six of which are grade I events—worth $4.625 million in purses for its 2013 fall race meet Oct. 4-26.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79637/keeneland-ups-purses-for-three-fall-stakesThu, 25 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-25T00:00:00Keeneland Ups Purses for Three Fall StakesTurfway Park, in cooperation with the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling, will host one of five training sessions across the state to help health professionals and racetrack, casino, and lottery personnel recognize and assist people whose interest in gambling has become a gambling problem.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79591/turfway-to-host-problem-gambling-trainingTue, 23 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-23T00:00:00Turfway to Host Problem Gambling TrainingRegulatory administration of race-day anti-bleeding medication in Kentucky has provided a clearer picture of drug testing and produced added security benefits, officials said.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79599/ky-officials-new-drug-policy-is-workingTue, 23 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-23T00:00:00KY Officials: New Drug Policy Is Working“A failure to innovate.” That phrase made a tremendous impact on me when I heard it during a meeting of the Vision 20/20 group in Lexington, KY in 2011. At the time, Jim Gagliano and Jason Wilson of The Jockey Club were providing a summary of the economic study of the sport by McKinsey & Company that The Jockey Club had commissioned earlier in the year.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing/2013/07/23/horse-racing-gets-on-the-bus-it-goggles-the-mind-how-direct-contact-can-create-new-fans/Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-23T00:00:00Horse racing gets on the bus: It goggles the mind how direct contact can create new fansThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a pair of recommendations from the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council July 17, including a "Rapid Response" protocol to examine emerging illegal drugs.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79529/kentucky-approves-rapid-response-protocolSat, 20 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-20T00:00:00Kentucky Approves 'Rapid Response' ProtocolThe Racing Medication and Testing Consortium said July 19 its board of directors has approved a model rule on multiple violation penalties—so-called MVPs—and forwarded the suggested change to the Association of Racing Commissioners International for consideration.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79524/rmtc-board-approves-model-rule-on-penaltiesSat, 20 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-20T00:00:00RMTC Board Approves Model Rule on PenaltiesChurchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced Wednesday that it had completed the purchase of Oxford Casino (Oxford) in Oxford, Maine, a deal valued at approximately $160 million. CDI’s acquisition of the casino property follows the approval of the transaction by the Maine Gambling Control Board.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/churchill-downs-finalizes-deal-for-oxford-casino/Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-18T00:00:00Churchill Downs Finalizes Deal for Oxford CasinoSeven months into the 113th Congress and the NTRA’s federal legislative team is actively working with members of Congress and their staffs to preserve protect and advance horse racing’s interests on Capitol Hill.http://www.ntra.com/en/legislative/ntra-capitol-hill-reports/2013/7/18/summary-of-legislation-affecting-horse-racing-industry/Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-18T00:00:00Summary of Legislation Affecting Horse Racing IndustryThe Breeders’ Cup, in collaboration with Thoroughbred leadership group Vision 2020, announced today the second season of Fantasy ‘Capping, a free-to-play online fantasy game that spotlights 13 of North America’s biggest horse races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game concludes with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita Park. Registration is now open at www.fantasycapping.com.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/breeders-cup-brings-back-fantasy-capping/Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-18T00:00:00Breeders Cup Brings Back Fantasy ‘CappingThe kickoff of the 2013 yearling season was a positive one, in terms of both median and average price, at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale. And a new Racing Age sale produced a $1,000,000 winning bid.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/follow-the-fasig-tipton-july-sale/Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-15T00:00:00Fasig-Tipton: $1 Million Topper at New Sale; Gains in Yearling Median, AverageAmerican Horse Council News - Summer 2013 Edition ***Courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe6811757566057a7715&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2812747164007a7d1072&r=0Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-15T00:00:00AHC News - Summer 2013Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Famer Chris McCarron took a victory lap around the covered arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday night.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/14/2714862/battle-in-saddle-at-kentucky-horse.htmlSun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-14T00:00:00Battle in Saddle at Kentucky Horse Park puts the fun in fundraisingOwners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup can nominate their runners at discounted rates prior to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 15 for competition in this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park as well as all future Breeders’ Cup Championship events and racing programs.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/breeders-cup-designates-deadline-for-reduced-nomination-fees/Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-08T00:00:00Breeders’ Cup Designates Deadline for Reduced Nomination FeesThe Kentucky Supreme Court will step into a long-running dispute over whether historical racing is legal in the state when it hears oral arguments next month.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79226/ky-supreme-court-to-look-at-instant-racingFri, 05 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-05T00:00:00KY Supreme Court to Look at Instant RacingThe Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) Tactical Research Committee has reviewed data from laboratory analysis of two substances of concern in racing that have been marketed as powerfully effective drugs – “Purple Pain” and “TB-500.”http://rmtcnet.com/content_pressreleases.asp?id=&s=&article=1580Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-02T00:00:00RMTC Issues Drug Bulletins on Purple Pain and TB-500Field sizes grew slightly while purses decreased during Churchill Downs’ 38-day spring meet, the track announced Tuesday in its meet wrap-up.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130702/SPORTS08/307020072/Horse-counts-up-purses-down-Churchill-Downs-spring-meetTue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-07-02T00:00:00Horse counts up, purses down at Churchill Downs' spring meetRegulators who have long been focused on potential abuses of medications given to thoroughbreds are turning their attention to a newer worry — improper use of shock wave treatments.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130628/BUSINESS/306280087/Horse-racing-regulators-looking-whether-shock-wave-treatments-help-performanceFri, 28 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-28T00:00:00Horse racing regulators looking at whether shock wave treatments help performanceThe stakes schedule for the Churchill Downs September meet will feature a pair of 2-year-old races moved from the fall meet schedule and a new race for older horses that could serve as a prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79106/stakes-schedule-set-for-churchill-septemberThu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-27T00:00:00Stakes Schedule Set for Churchill SeptemberOn June 27, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) on a 68 to 32 vote. The AHC supports this bill because it would fix many of the immigration issues facing the horse industry. ***Article is courtesy of the American Horse Councilhttp://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5c11747264007e7c17&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2d1273716c057d701576&r=0Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-27T00:00:00Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform BillThough unhappy with Ellis Park management over the introduction of rock-littered sand to the racetrack last fall, local horsemen on Wednesday indicated their intention to proceed with racing when the 2013 live meet begins on July 4.http://www.courierpress.com/news/2013/jun/26/horsemen-track-improvingtheyre-preparing-to-race/Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-26T00:00:00Horsemen: Track improving; they're preparing to raceTwo weeks before the 29-day Ellis Park meet begins July 4, horsemen are expressing concerns about the condition of the main track and some, including prominent conditioner Larry Jones, have decided not to race at the Henderson, Ky., track.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78995/horsemen-concerned-about-ellis-track-surfaceThu, 20 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-20T00:00:00Horsemen Concerned About Ellis Track SurfaceTony Holmes, born in Christchurch, New Zealand, dreamed of coming to Kentucky to become more involved in the Thoroughbred business. Before landing in Kentucky, he worked as a mechanical engineer apprentice, worked at a large mining town in outback Western Australia, after which he worked on dairy farms in New Zealand. After time spent on dairy farms, he began employment in the Thoroughbred industry working his first breeding season in New Zealand followed by a breeding season on a farm in Australia.http://www.kentuckybred.org/tony-holmes-new-zealand-to-kentucky.htmlFri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-14T00:00:00Tony Holmes: New Zealand to KentuckyThe University of California-Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Laboratory and HFL Sport Science Inc., Lexington, Ky., became the first two fully-accredited laboratories under the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation program Tuesday.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/rmtc-accredits-first-two-laboratories/Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-13T00:00:00RMTC Accredits First Two LaboratoriesIn a meeting earlier this week, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council approved ‘Rapid Response’ protocol measures that will allow the state to quickly take action to test for emerging illegal substances.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/rapid-response-protocol-approved-by-ky-equine-drug-research-council/Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-13T00:00:00‘Rapid Response’ Protocol Approved by KY Equine Drug Research CouncilThree-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning jockey Calvin Borel and former Turfway Park principal owner Jerry Carroll are among individuals being inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame June 13.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78860/borel-carroll-among-ky-hall-inducteesThu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-13T00:00:00Borel, Carroll Among KY Hall InducteesA new penalty system for North American racing designed to reduce positive drug tests and identify and penalize trainers with multiple medication infractions took a major step toward implementation this week when the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors gave its preliminary approval to the Multiple Violation Penalty (MVP) system. The MVP system was developed by the RMTC’s Penalties Subcommittee – a group created in response to recommendations by participants of the June 2011 International Summit on Race Day Medication who called for stricter penalties for repeat medication offenders.http://rmtcnet.com/content_pressreleases.asp?id=&s=&article=1546Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-06T00:00:00RMTC Approves Multiple Violation Penalty System 6/6/13For all the perennial hand-wringing over the state of the U.S. racing industry, one area of the sport has been surprisingly resilient even as U.S. handle totals have cratered over the last five years and national media outlets have heaped scorn on the sport: television ratings for the Triple Crown races.http://www.drf.com/news/triple-crown-ratings-nbc-remain-highWed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-05T00:00:00Triple Crown ratings on NBC remain highThe president of Racing Commissioners International said June 5 a survey of United States racing regulatory jurisdictions shows the adoption of the organization's uniform medication policy for racing is advancing in every region of the country.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78694/progress-of-uniform-medication-policy-notedWed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-05T00:00:00Progress of Uniform Medication Policy NotedWagering on historical races—an electronic form of gaming in which the outcome is determined by the results of previously run races—continues to soar in Kentucky and has exceeded the $356 million mark through May.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78684/ky-historical-racing-exceeds-356-millionWed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-05T00:00:00KY Historical Racing Exceeds $356 MillionThe simple fact is that Kentucky Downs, if approved today by the Kentucky Horse Racing The simple fact is that Kentucky Downs, if approved today by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, will offer maiden special weight purses of $90,000 for Kentucky breds this September at the Franklin track’s five-day all-turf meet.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/06/05/kentucky-downs-to-offer-90000-reasons-to-attract-kentucky-bred-maidens/Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-05T00:00:00Kentucky Downs to offer 90,000 reasons to attract Kentucky-bred maidensRacing showed an increase in wagering and purses during the month of May as compared with May 2012, according to the racing economic indicators released by Tuesday by Equibase. Year-to-date figures remained down, however.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/economic-indicators-show-wagering-up-for-may-overall-totals-down-for-2013/Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-04T00:00:00Economic Indicators Show Wagering Up for May; Overall Totals Down for 2013The Breeders' Cup and Santa Anita Park announced June 3 that tickets are on sale to the general public for the Nov. 1-2 Breeders' Cup World Championships. This year marks the seventh time Santa Anita will host the Breeders' Cup, and the third time under the two-day Championship format.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78649/tickets-on-sale-for-2013-breeders-cupMon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-06-03T00:00:00Tickets on Sale for 2013 Breeders' CupOn May 24, 2013, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act (H.R. 2212). This bill would permanently place all race horses in the three-year category for depreciation purposes. A 2008 provision that temporarily puts race horses in the three-year category is set to expire at the end of 2013. ***We thank the American Horse Council for providing this link. We would also like to thank Congressman Andy Barr for introducing this bill.http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe56117477670c74771c&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2212717c640d7e731d72&r=0Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-30T00:00:00Bill to Make Permanent 3-Year Depreciation for Racehorses IntroducedA two-day trial during Kentucky Derby week to promote Kentucky thoroughbreds with the Kentucky Proud logo in the racing program has been deemed a success and now could become the standard in daily programs at all Kentucky tracks.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/05/23/kentucky-proud-thoroughbreds-every-day/Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-23T00:00:00Kentucky Proud thoroughbreds, every day?On May 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744). The bill would increase border security, provide a path for unauthorized immigrants to remain in the country and eventually apply for citizenship, implement an employment verification system, and improve current and create new temporary guest worker programs. ***This article is provided by the American Horse Council.http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5c1174746703797113&m=feef1d757d6307&ls=fe2710767662017b751274&l=fef81178756c06&s=fe1f17787c6d027c711478&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe1c127171630d79721178&r=0Wed, 22 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-22T00:00:00Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Immigration Reform BillA U.S. Senator and four members of the House of Representatives have introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 to regulate/prohibit substances, methods, and treatments that may be used in racing.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78391/new-federal-drug-legislation-introducedMon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-20T00:00:00New Federal Drug Legislation IntroducedAs winner of the Kentucky Derby, Orb is the only horse in 2013 with a shot to become the first Triple Crown winner in 35 years. Trainer Doug O'Neill, who aims to beat Orb in Saturday's Preakness with Derby also-ran Goldencents, is among many who have fallen short of the triple. He says Orb might be up to it.http://www.guampdn.com/usatoday/article/2183661&usatref=sportsmodFri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-17T00:00:00Why horse racing's Triple Crown is so hard to achieveThe Family Foundation has filed response briefs with the Kentucky Supreme Court laying out its argument for allowing discovery in the instant racing case.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/05/14/2640097/family-foundation-files-instant.htmlTue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-14T00:00:00Family Foundation files instant racing briefs to Kentucky Supreme CourtThe Kentucky Horse Park isn't just for horses anymore. Already it has added charity galas, the state wrestling finals and more to its ever-expanding schedule of events, with new events on the way in 2014.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/05/13/2638029/business-plan-has-kentucky-horse.htmlMon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-13T00:00:00Business plan has Kentucky Horse Park on right financial trackThe breeders of Kentucky Derby winner Orb will soon be picking up more prize money, earning $50,000 from the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KBIF).http://www.khrc.ky.gov/Lists/News%20Releases/For%20the%20Eighth%20Straight%20Year,%20Kentucky%20Breeders%27%20Incentive%20Fund%20Brings%20Added%20Cash%20Award%20to%20Derby%20Winner%27s%20Breeders.pdfThu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-09T00:00:00For the Eighth Straight Year, Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund BringsStuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stables, who bred and race Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb, will receive an additional $50,000 bonus as a result of the colt's May 4 victory.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78161/orbs-connections-receive-ky-breeder-awardThu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-09T00:00:00Orb's Connections Receive KY Breeder AwardThe sights and sounds of Kentucky Derby Week 2013.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/12562/2013-kentucky-derby-week?section=triple-crownWed, 08 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-08T00:00:002013 Kentucky Derby WeekTelevision coverage of the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on NBC drew about 16.2 million viewers, up 9% from 2012 and the second-highest number since 1989, according to The Nielsen Company.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78134/ky-derby-viewership-reported-at-162-millionTue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-07T00:00:00KY Derby Viewership Reported at 16.2 MillionPat Kline, Executive Director of Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), has notified us Hagyards and Rood & Riddle are both down to one pint each of Colostrum. There is a need to fill the banks.http://www.kentuckybred.org/shortage-of-colostrum.htmlThu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-05-02T00:00:00Shortage of ColostrumPhotos of a young boy's (Ben Royse, son of David Royse) day at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks workouts with his father.http://www.kentuckybred.org/a-young-boys-day-at-churchill-downs.htmlTue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-30T00:00:00A Young Boys Day at Churchill DownsFor the first time in the history of the Kentucky Proud program and Churchill Downs racing, Kentucky thoroughbred contenders racing on Oaks and Derby days will bear the "Kentucky Proud" designation, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced today. Commissioner Comer said the branding initiative, “Kentucky Proud for Kentuckybreds," is a significant moment for Kentucky agriculture.http://www.kyagr.com/Kentucky-AGNEWS/press-releases/Kentucky-Proud-for-Kentuckybreds-honors-Kentuckys-elite-equine-athletes.htmlMon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-29T00:00:00Kentucky Proud for Kentuckybreds honors commonwealths elite equine athletesChurchill Downs Inc. might announce a new sponsorship deal in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/25/2614801/churchill-downs-hints-at-new-derby.htmlThu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-25T00:00:00Churchill Downs hints at new Derby sponsorWISE DAN was named the winner of three 2012 KTOB KY-bred Champion awards, including HORSE OF THE YEAR, at today’s annual KTOB KY-bred Champions Awards Luncheon hosted at Keeneland Racecourse. In addition, WISE DAN was voted KY-bred Champion HANDICAP MALE and TURF HORSE MALE and his dam LISA DANIELLE named 2012 KTOB BROODMARE OF THE YEAR. WISE DAN is owned by his breeder Morton Fink and trained by KTA/KTOB member Charles LoPresti; Mr. Fink also owns LISA DANIELLE.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-thoroughbred-owners-and-breeders-(ktob)-announce-2012-ky-bred-champions-merit-award-winners-and-ktdf-leaders.htmlThu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-25T00:00:00Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) Announce 2012 KY-Bred Champions, Merit Award Winners, and KTDF LeadersThroughout his career Scott Smith, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, has worked to improve the college and the community it serves. His dedication was honored this week when Smith received the William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Service from UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Political Science.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/ukag-dean-scott-smith-receives-lyons-award-outstanding-serviceThu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-25T00:00:00UKAg Dean Scott Smith receives Lyons award for outstanding serviceChurchill Downs Incorporated (CDI or the Company) today reported results for the first-quarter ended March 31, 2013.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/churchill-downs-reports-record-earnings-for-first-quarter/Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-24T00:00:00Churchill Downs Reports Record Earnings for First QuarterThe Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) today announced the launch of horseracingreform.org, an advocacy and information website designed to promote improved regulatory standards for horse racing. The site replaces cleanhorseracing.org.http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=615Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-24T00:00:00The Jockey Club, TOBA Unveil New Website Promoting Medication ReformNight School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program, makes its first foray into the world of “ADW/Online Wagering” with Tuesday’s eighth of 40 lessons during the 2013 season. The 90-minute live chat, which begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, will feature representatives and handicappers from several of the industry’s top advance deposit wagering (ADW) companies.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/night-school-adwonline-wagering/Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-23T00:00:00Night School: ADW, Online WageringJohn and Martha Jane Mulholland’s Mulholland Springs in Northern Fayette County has a unique vision that truly emphasizes “family” and serves as the basis of its entire Thoroughbred operation. That perspective may not appear on first inspection but as its story unfolds it is apparent that the farm strives to maintain a connection to the past as a means to ensure sustainable quality for the future.http://www.kentuckybred.org/mulholland-springs-farm-the-family-plan.htmlFri, 19 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-19T00:00:00Mulholland Springs: The Family PlanThe 2013 Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at the Hyattt Regency Ballroom in Louisville, Kentucky.http://www.kentuckybred.org/2013-kentucky-derby-trainers-dinner-invitation-and-information.htmlThu, 18 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-18T00:00:002013 Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner Invitation and InformationChurchill Downs has tightened security for the Kentucky Derby following the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking spectators to be observant of their surroundings during next month’s races.http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/boston-marathon-bombings-lead-to-beefed-up-security-at-churchill-downs-for-the-kentucky-derby/2013/04/18/8cae6b44-a865-11e2-9e1c-bb0fb0c2edd9_story.htmlThu, 18 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-18T00:00:00Boston Marathon bombings lead to beefed-up security at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky DerbyTwo divergent viewpoints became clear while watching Twitter reactions Tuesday on whether the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission License Review Committee should license Rodolfo “Rudy” Rodriguez, the trainer of Kentucky Derby contender Vyjack.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/04/17/special-treatment-for-vyjack-trainer/Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-17T00:00:00Special treatment for Vyjack trainer?There will be increased security for several days before the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Kentucky Horse Racing Commission officials said.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/77502/report-heightened-security-for-ky-derbySat, 13 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-13T00:00:00Report: Heightened Security for KY DerbyThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved four new games and 40 new machines for the controversial Instant Racing parlor at Kentucky Downs on Tuesday, but not before one commission member questioned whether the new games further blur the line on the legality of the slot-like game.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130409/BUSINESS/304090065/New-Instant-Racing-games-machines-OK-d-Kentucky-DownsWed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-10T00:00:00New Instant Racing games, machines OK'd for Kentucky DownsThe centerpiece of The Jockey Club's $5 million marketing campaign to attract more young fans to Thoroughbred racing rolled into Lexington this week.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/09/2593437/the-jockey-clubs-bus-looks-to.htmlTue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-09T00:00:00The Jockey Club's bus looks to attract young fans to horse racingThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday voted to submit an appeal to the state’s Supreme Court of a recent ruling challenging the commission’s decision to suspend a veterinarian for five years.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-horse-racing-commission-appeal-rulingTue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-09T00:00:00Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to appeal rulingEquine Savings, a Georgetown, Kentucky company and AGCO Corporation, a worldwide leader in agricultural equipment, has formed a sales alliance offering dedicated pricing to all breeds, groups and disciplines in the equine world.http://www.kentuckybred.org/equine-savings-press-release-equine-savings-and-agco-form-equine-sales-alliance.htmlThu, 04 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-04T00:00:00Equine Savings Press Release: Equine Savings and AGCO Form Equine Sales AllianceFlair, LLC, makers of FLAIR® Nasal Strips, in cooperation with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, announced today the speakers scheduled to appear at a seminar called FLAIR Nasal Strips: The Clinically Proven Alternative to LasixTM on Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky.http://www.kentuckybred.org/flair-llc-announces-speakers-to-participate-in-eiph-seminar-at-keeneland.htmlWed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-04-03T00:00:00Flair, LLC Announces Speakers to Participate In EIPH Seminar at KeenelandThe horse community is always just one step from a calamity and that calamity is a disease outbreak of such proportion as to widely imperil the health of our horses and threaten the economic viability of our industry. The ever-present risk is due to the equine industry’s reliance on the timely movement of healthy horses for sales, breeding, racing, showing, work and recreation. In this environment an infectious disease outbreak can result in federal or state restrictions on horse movement to stop the spread of the disease.http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/open-letter-horse-industryThu, 28 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-28T00:00:00Open Letter to the Horse Industry, from the American Horse Council and AAEPFasig-Tipton's Florida Sale on Monday, March 25, at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., featured plenty of highlights throughout the one-day auction but clearly saved the best for last. Of the final four horses to sell, two brought seven figures and one other sold for just shy of the $1 million mark.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/77078/fasig-tipton-sale-average-median-upMon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-25T00:00:00Fasig-Tipton Sale Average, Median UpHorse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY will provide exclusive live radio and streaming website coverage of the Kentucky Derby Trainers’ Dinner for the first time on Tuesday, April 30th, from the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Louisville.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kta-ktob-derby-trainers-dinner-to-be-broadcast-live-on-hrrn.htmlFri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-22T00:00:00KTA-KTOB Derby Trainers Dinner to be Broadcast Live on HRRNSomething small and organic is being exported out of Oldham County in northwestern Kentucky but it may not be what you’d initially expect. An enthusiastic group of Thoroughbred fans, owners, and breeders with roots in Oldham County are exporting throughout Kentucky a message to “ordinary folks” about the importance of a robust horse industry.http://www.kentuckybred.org/joann-heppermann-oldham-county-outreach.htmlFri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-22T00:00:00JoAnn Heppermann: Oldham County OutreachCatch all of the sights and sounds from the great sport of Thoroughbred racing and discover why you should Get in the Game!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asmspV-_RoI&feature=youtu.beMon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-18T00:00:002013 ABR Sizzle Reel - VideoThe Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned Dr. Rod Stewart's four-year suspension for possession of cobra venom, stating that the regulation under which the veterinarian was disciplined was vague.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76880/ky-court-overturns-stewarts-suspensionFri, 15 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-15T00:00:00KY Court Overturns Stewart's SuspensionFlair Nasal Strips, in cooperation with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, announced today it will host a seminar called Flair Nasal Strips: The Clinically Proven Alternative to Lasix on Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.http://www.kentuckybred.org/flair-nasal-strips-to-offer-seminar.htmlThu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-14T00:00:00Flair Nasal Strips To Offer SeminarWith Breeders' Cup at least slowing implementation of its race-day Salix prohibition, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission could revisit its plans to ban use of the diuretic on race day.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76864/on-salix-kentucky-feeling-alone-on-ledgeThu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-14T00:00:00On Salix, Kentucky Feeling Alone on LedgeKentucky's only freestanding off-track betting network will close following the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) because of a significant decline in handle.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76867/kentucky-losing-otb-network-in-juneThu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-14T00:00:00Kentucky Losing OTB Network in JuneThe Jockey Club announced today that the 2013 edition of the Online Fact Book is available within the Publications & Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com.http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=610Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-13T00:00:002013 Online Fact Book Available on The Jockey Club WebsiteDRF Top 20 updated every Wednesday. New video every Friday.http://www.drf.com/events/kentucky-derby-top-20-churchill-downsWed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-13T00:00:00Kentucky Derby Top 20The latest revision to the format of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale will draw praise from the media whose deadlines will be easier to make. Gone is the first-day session that started at 4 p.m.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/03/13/keeneland-tweaking-september-yearling-sale-format/Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-13T00:00:00Keeneland tweaking September Yearling Sale formatThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted March 13 to accept a hearing officer's recommendation upholding the regulatory body's decision to deny trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. a license for 2011.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76850/khrc-accepts-report-upholding-dutrow-decisionWed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-13T00:00:00KHRC Accepts Report Upholding Dutrow DecisionCongressman Andy Barr (R-KY) yesterday introduced the Equine Tax Parity Act (H.R. 998). If passed, the legislation would reduce the capital gains holding period for horses from 24 months to 12 months.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/federal-bill-would-reduce-capital-gains-holding-period-for-horses/Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-08T00:00:00Federal Bill Would Reduce Capital Gains Holding Period for HorsesNo one said there would be this much arithmetic in horse racing beyond odds, fractions, Beyer Figures, and beer prices. But here we are, on the brink of the final push to the Kentucky Derby, obsessively consulting point charts and point totals and projecting like crazed math majors on an all-night binge. My colleagues have picked up on the madness.http://www.drf.com/news/jay-hovdey-kentucky-derby-point-system-game-changerThu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-07T00:00:00Jay Hovdey: Kentucky Derby point system a game-changerWith his victory Saturday in the Gotham Stakes, Vyjack presumably acquired enough points to put himself in the Kentucky Derby -- 50 should certainly suffice. But, more immediately, he earned enough respect to put himself in the ESPN.com Top 10.http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/triplecrown2013/story/_/id/9015957/kentucky-derby-trail-2013-top-10-kentucky-derby-contenders-week-3Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-06T00:00:00ESPN Derby PollIn August of 2011 at its annual Round Table conference in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Jockey Club presented the findings of a McKinsey study it commissioned on the state of Thoroughbred racing in the United States. Titled “Driving sustainable growth for Thoroughbred racing and breeding,” the report focused on a variety of negative indicators for the sport and offered suggestions for how to remediate its image and expand its audience.http://www.forbes.com/sites/teresagenaro/2013/03/06/thoroughbred-racing-hits-sxsw/Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-06T00:00:00In Search Of Millenials, Thoroughbred Racing Hits SXSWThe three industry-owned off-track betting parlors in Kentucky may be headed for closure, a board member said Monday.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/03/04/kentucky-off-track-betting-parlors-might-be-closing/Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-04T00:00:00Kentucky off-track betting parlors might be closingThe Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association has thrown its support behind Keeneland's plan to jointly purchase an eastern Kentucky harness track license and build a Quarter Horse racetrack in the southeastern part of the state.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76633/ky-quarter-horse-group-backs-keeneland-planMon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-04T00:00:00KY Quarter Horse Group Backs Keeneland PlanThe Kentucky Senate Feb. 28 voted not to concur with changes the House of Representatives made to its pension bill, and also refused to accept an accompanying funding measure that would have shifted most revenue from historical race wagering to pay for retirement programs.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76559/ky-senate-refuses-pension-funding-measureFri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-03-01T00:00:00KY Senate Refuses Pension Funding MeasureWith its experience in operating the advance deposit wagering Internet site TwinSpires.com, Churchill Downs Inc. has been preparing to participate in other Internet gambling opportunities for some time.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76543/churchill-monitors-online-gaming-landscapeThu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-28T00:00:00Churchill Monitors Online Gaming LandscapeAn update on Florida EHV-1 our office received from the Office of the State Veterinarian.http://www.kentuckybred.org/florida-ehv-1-update-from-kentucky-office-of-the-state-veterinarian---feb.-27-2013.htmlWed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-27T00:00:00Florida EHV-1 Update from Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian - Feb. 27, 2013Fourth-quarter and annual revenue grew at Louisville-based racetrack company Churchill Downs, but profits dipped for both periods as the company's flagship track didn't have the benefit in 2012 of again hosting the Breeders' Cup World Championships.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/27/2534525/sales-up-profits-down-at-churchill.htmlWed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-27T00:00:00Sales up, profits down at Churchill DownsAn Oldham County Republican filed a last-minute bill Tuesday to amend the Kentucky Constitution to allow up to seven casinos in the state.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130219/NEWS0101/302190079/Casino-bill-filed-Kentucky-HouseWed, 20 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-20T00:00:00Casino bill filed in Kentucky HouseIf a program’s money being targeted for taking by the legislature means it has arrived, maybe it’s a Frankfort-style compliment that House Speaker Greg Stumbo is eying Instant Racing proceeds to pay for pension reform.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/02/20/instant-racing-getting-a-lot-of-talk/Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-20T00:00:00Instant Racing getting a lot of talkA Kentucky lawmaker said a General Assembly vote on a constitutional amendment on casino gambling hinges on several factors, none of which appear to be in place during the current legislative session.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76334/ky-senator-factors-stymie-action-on-gamingTue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-19T00:00:00KY Senator: Factors Stymie Action on GamingThe Keeneland Ambassador Program was established to aid Keeneland in reaching college students throughout Central Kentucky. Ambassadors from different schools promote the Spring and Fall race meetings, as well as, each meet’s College Scholarship Day. Ambassadors are responsible for representing Keeneland to their fellow classmates and communities.http://www.keeneland.com/discover/ambassadorsTue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-19T00:00:00Keeneland College Ambassador ProgramExpanding instant racing to more Kentucky horse racetracks could provide additional tax money to help fund the state's ailing pension system, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/15/2518425/stumbo-says-expansion-of-instant.htmlFri, 15 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-15T00:00:00Stumbo says expansion of instant racing could help fix pension systemThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday approved the funding of a study designed to determine the regulatory parameters for a corticosteroid that officials say is increasingly being administered to Thoroughbred horses.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-horse-racing-commission-funds-study-develop-regulatory-parameters-isoflupredoneThu, 14 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-14T00:00:00Kentucky Horse Racing Commission funds study to develop regulatory parameters for isoflupredoneImagine a top-flight racetrack in Eastern Kentucky with all the glamour and prestige of a premier entertainment venue married to the speed and electricity of Quarter Horse racing.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/14/2517437/exclusive-keeneland-to-build-prime.htmlThu, 14 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-14T00:00:00Exclusive: Keeneland aims to build prime Quarter Horse racetrack near CorbinNominees include eight Eclipse Award winners and the dams of 2012 G1 winners Beholder, Wise Dan, Point of Entry, and Dullahanhttp://www.kentuckybred.org/2012-ky-bred-champions-and-broodmare-of-the-year-nominees.htmlWed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-13T00:00:002012 KY-BRED CHAMPIONS AND BROODMARE OF THE YEAR NOMINEESGovernor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky horse breeding farms are now eligible to apply for certain federal relief from disasters affecting agriculture.http://migration.kentucky.gov/Newsroom/governor/20130213equine.htmWed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-13T00:00:00Gov. Beshear Announces Equine Breeding Farms Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Relief ProgramKeeneland will increase purses for overnight (non-stakes) races for the upcoming 2013 spring race meeting—highlighted by notable increases for maiden and allowance races for horses three-year-olds and up.http://www.keeneland.com/racing/keeneland-will-raise-purses-spring-meetingTue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-12T00:00:00Keeneland Will Raise Purses for Spring MeetingThe effort to tax Internet wagering by Kentucky residents — made through services like Churchill Downs Inc.’s TwinSpires.com — cleared a legislative committee Tuesday, but its fate may be determined by a meeting of industry stakeholders Wednesday.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/02/12/adw-tax-bill-take-2-or-3-or-4/Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-12T00:00:00ADW tax bill, take 2 or 3 or 4In hindsight it was all so obvious — from Mine That Bird's rail-hugging heist to Animal Kingdom's smashing dirt debut to I'll Have Another making a mockery out of what should have been a doomsday post.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/09/2509844/four-new-trends-emerge-in-picking.htmlSat, 09 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-09T00:00:00Derby Dozen: Four new trends emerge in picking championChurchill Downs remains bullish on its new points qualifying system for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) but acknowledges there could be "tweaks" for the next Triple Crown cycle.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76116/churchill-comfortable-with-points-systemSat, 09 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-09T00:00:00Churchill 'Comfortable' With Points SystemThe library of a bankrupt thoroughbred industry trade magazine is headed for the Keeneland Library, officials with the Lexington racetrack and auction company announced Wednesday.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130206/BUSINESS/302060107/Keeneland-buys-Thoroughbred-Times-library?nclick_check=1Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-06T00:00:00Keeneland buys Thoroughbred Times libraryDisagreement within the horse racing industry has made it questionable whether the General Assembly can pass a constitutional amendment on casinos this year, Gov. Steve Beshear said Feb. 5.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76066/beshear-horse-industry-divided-over-casinosTue, 05 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-05T00:00:00Beshear: Horse Industry Divided Over CasinosIn a decision that upholds the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's ability to deny racing licenses, a hearing officer has upheld the KHRC's 2011 decision to deny trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. a racing license.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76051/denial-of-dutrows-license-upheld-in-kentuckyTue, 05 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-02-05T00:00:00Denial of Dutrow's License Upheld in KentuckyNew Rules Expand KY-bred Champions and KTOB Broodmare of the Year Voting Opportunities to Additional Eligible KTA/KTOB Membershttp://www.kentuckybred.org/kta-ktob-implements-changes-to-ky-bred-champions-voting.htmlThu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-31T00:00:00KTA-KTOB Implements Changes To KY-bred Champions VotingPatrick Lang/Lang PhotographyLongtime racing official Barbara Borden has been the acting chief steward in Kentucky since last April.FLORENCE, Ky. – Controversy has made the seat of chief steward on the Kentucky racing circuit an occasional hot one. Among the prominent cases, there was the Dancer’s Image medication disqualification from the 1968 Kentucky Derby, the sponges-up-the-nose fiasco in 1996, the Jose Santos Q-ring debacle of 2003, and the Life At Ten embarrassment from 2010.http://www.drf.com/news/borden-cool-under-pressure-kentuckys-acting-chief-stewardThu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-31T00:00:00Borden cool under pressure as Kentucky's acting chief stewardMore than 60 percent of Kentuckians favor allowing expanded gambling, with even once-opposed Eastern Kentucky residents saying they now support casinos, according to the latest Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130130/BUSINESS/301300094/Majority-Eastern-Kentuckians-support-casinos-Bluegrass-Poll-showsWed, 30 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-30T00:00:00Majority of Eastern Kentuckians support casinos, Bluegrass Poll showsSteve Haskin's Derby Dozenhttp://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/kentucky-derby-dozen/archive/2013/01/28/derby-dozen-video-january-29-2013-presented-by-shadwell-farm.aspxMon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-28T00:00:00Derby Dozen (video) - January 29, 2013 - Presented by Shadwell FarmAs mare owners browse more than 2,000 Thoroughbred stallions looking for that perfect match, stallion farms have become more creative about how they attract--and keep--their clients’ attention.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/will-new-marketing-schemes-pay-off-for-stud-farms/Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-24T00:00:00Will new marketing schemes pay off for stud farms?After planning to run only four days in the entire month of February, Turfway Park in Florence announced Wednesday that it will run four additional days that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had approved as optional race dates.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/01/23/turfway-adds-optional-days-in-february/Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-23T00:00:00Turfway adds optional days in FebruaryWagering on historical races in Kentucky generated more than $3.8 million for purses and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund from September 2011 through December 2012, according to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission statistics.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/75770/ky-historical-race-wagering-now-at-228mWed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-23T00:00:00KY Historical Race Wagering Now at $228MKentucky is home to 242,400 horses and the total value of the state’s equine and equine-related assets is estimated at $23.4 billion, according to the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/kentucky-equine-survey-releases-initial-findingsTue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-22T00:00:00Kentucky Equine Survey releases initial findingsUniversity of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and UK Ag Equine Programs will host Pastures Please! 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Fayette County extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place in Lexington. The public is invited to the free annual event; particularly horse owners and farm managers interested in the latest information about horse pasture management.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/extension-agents-host-6th-annual-pastures-pleaseTue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-22T00:00:00Extension agents host 6th Annual Pastures Please!Nestled in between Lexington and Paris are the 300 acres that encompasses Damian and Braxton Lynch’s Royal Oak Farm. Royal Oak has 55 stalls for the Broodmares, foals, and sales prep horses that currently reside at the farm and hosts boarders such as the breeder of Union Rags, Phyllis M. Wyeth, along with Lynch homebreds.http://www.kentuckybred.org/royal-oak-farm-a-hands-on-approach.htmlMon, 21 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-21T00:00:00Royal Oak Farm: A Hands On ApproachThe Kentucky Thoroughbred racing circuit absorbed its share of blows in 2012, as race days were cut and stakes programs were hacked, leaving many to wonder about the future of the sport.http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/18/2481579/kentucky-racing-in-spotlight-at.htmlFri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-18T00:00:00Kentucky racing in spotlight at Eclipse AwardsOn February 2, 2013, a new all-Kentucky event is coming to Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-round-up-2013.htmlFri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-18T00:00:00Kentucky Round-Up 2013One racing historian calls it the most important thoroughbred breeding farm outside Lexington. It is the birthplace of the world’s most expensive yearling and a Kentucky Derby winner. And it has been host to racing fan Queen Elizabeth.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130117/BUSINESS/301170081/New-Hermitage-Farm-owners-will-continue-thoroughbred-breedingFri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-18T00:00:00New Hermitage Farm owners will continue thoroughbred breeding2012 was a remarkable year for global horseracing. For the first time since the inauguration of the World Thoroughbred Rankings in 2004, there are four horses rated 130+ and one horse who has reached the almost mythical 140 mark. South American horses appear in the WTR for the very first time with three from Argentina, three from Brazil, two from Chile and one from Peru warranting a rating of 115 or higher. A truly global classification of the merits of racehorses has now come to pass.http://www.horseracingintfed.com/resources/2012Rankings/2012_WTR_Overview.aspThu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-17T00:00:00World Thoroughbred Rankings 2012Before there will be media in Churchill Downs’ new press center, there will be simulcast wagering there. Like starting Wednesday, when simulcasting will move from the clubhouse second floor. The media will get in the joint starting with the Keeneland meet, when simulcasting reverts to the second floor through the end of the Downs’ spring meet.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing/2013/01/14/the-parlay-churchills-media-center-also-will-be-offseason-simulcasting-area-or-is-it-vise-versa/Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-14T00:00:00The Parlay: Churchills media center also will be offseason simulcasting area (or is it vice versa)A racetrack president once explained that because he didn't want to confuse the public he was opposed to including too much information, especially all that folderol about Lasix and blinkers and workouts, in the track program. And can't you sleep more peacefully now knowing there's a racetrack executive who wants to spare you confusion?http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/8841212/executive-indecisionSun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-13T00:00:00Executive indecisionThe Kentucky Supreme Court voted Jan. 11 to take up the issue of Instant Racing at the state's racetrackshttp://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/75528/ky-supreme-court-to-hear-instant-racing-caseSat, 12 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-12T00:00:00KY Supreme Court to Hear Instant Racing CaseThe advertising seems to be everywhere — buy one item and receive others at a discount; save money by using a store card; purchase on credit and earn bonuses. In a similar way, Thoroughbred farms use creative methods to promote breeding to their stallions.http://www.kyforward.com/2013/01/let%e2%80%99s-make-a-deal-creative-marketing-used-to-promote-breeding-to-thoroughbred-stallions/Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-11T00:00:00Lets Make a Deal: Creative marketing used to promote breeding to Thoroughbred stallionsWhen the new Kentucky Derby points system was introduced last June by Churchill Downs, the two things people seemed to get most worked up over were the exclusion of the Illinois Derby from the group of final Derby preps offering those now all-important Derby points that will determine the starting field, and the inclusion of the Royal Lodge Stakes. It remains a mystery how a one mile turf race for 2-year-olds run in England is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby, or how the Illinois Derby snub has not yet been rectified, but that’s how it is.http://www.drf.com/blogs/problems-kentucky-derby-point-systemTue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-08T00:00:00Problems with the Kentucky Derby point systemKentucky Derby Standingshttp://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/leader-boardMon, 07 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-07T00:00:00Road to the Kentucky Derby LeaderboardThe thoroughbred breeding market saw improvement in 2012 over 2011, but I wondered how the eight major auctions in Kentucky compared to the national number.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2013/01/07/kentucky-thoroughbred-auctions-down-in-2012-gross-but-average-gains-slightly/Mon, 07 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-07T00:00:00Kentucky thoroughbred auctions down in 2012 gross, but average gains slightlyChurchill Downs is entitled to protect its interests. It is entitled to make its points, to wield its influence, to invoke its traditions and to paint grim pictures of the demise of the Kentucky Derby.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130107/COLUMNISTS01/301070101/Tim-Sullivan-Can-Churchill-Downs-protect-its-turf-?nclick_check=1Mon, 07 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-07T00:00:00Tim Sullivan | Can Churchill Downs protect its turf?After several years of facing roadblocks in the state legislature, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear indicated Thursday that he may have a new approach to proposing a casino amendment in the Commonwealth - one that does not tie casino licenses or revenues to racetracks.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/report-beshear-eyes-push-for-casinos-without-racetrack-ties/Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-04T00:00:00Report: Beshear eyes push for casinos without racetrack tiesThe following press release was issued by Turfway Park General Manager Chip Bach regarding the ongoing situation with Hawthorne Race Course and equine herpesvirus:http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/turfway-park-gm-bach-issues-statement-regarding-hawthorne-horses/Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-04T00:00:00Turfway Park GM Bach issues statement regarding Hawthorne horsesThe fiscal cliff tax legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Obama earlier this week reinstated an important business investment incentive and substantially increased another incentive program. Both incentive programs could have important implications for purchasers of horses, farm equipment and most other depreciable property in 2013.http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ntra-fiscal-cliff-legislation-increases-investment-incentives-for-horse-owners/Thu, 03 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-03T00:00:00NTRA: Fiscal cliff legislation increases investment incentives for horse ownersOhio’s horse racing regulators would like owners of a proposed racetrack and casino near Monroe to upgrade their plans and, if necessary, acquire more land for the project, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports.http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/morning_call/2013/01/states-racing-commission-wants-bigger.htmlThu, 03 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT2013-01-03T00:00:00Churchill Downs should go bigger at Cincinnati-area track, commissioner saysReminder of KTDF registration information regarding fees and deadlines for foals and yearlings to be registered at the $30 and $50 fee, respectively.http://www.kentuckybred.org/reminder--register-for-ktdf.htmlFri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-21T00:00:00Reminder: Register for KTDFThe Churchill Downs Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center for general horse care.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/75123/churchill-supports-ky-equine-humane-centerThu, 20 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-20T00:00:00Churchill Supports Ky. Equine Humane CenterThe pari-mutuel tickets you forgot to cash are going to a good cause.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2012/12/17/your-uncashed-kentucky-tickets-to-help-backside-workers/Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-17T00:00:00Your uncashed Kentucky tickets to help backside workersDavid Switzer, Executive Director for the KTA/KTOB was honored by the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture with induction into the Inaugural Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award.http://www.kentuckybred.org/press-release.htmlSat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-15T00:00:00David Switzer - Executive Director of KTA-KTOB - inducted into the Inaugural Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award by UK College of AgricultureDarby Dan Farm: Quality Runs in the Family It seems as everything old is new again at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Excitement for the forthcoming 2013 thoroughbred breeding season is high amongst the team at the farm as they make final preparations for the arrival of new foals and productive broodmares. The hopefulness surrounding a promising new generation of thoroughbreds mirrors the current reinvigorated identity of one of the most historic pieces of land in Central Kentucky.http://www.kentuckybred.org/darby-dan-farm-success-runs-in-the-family.htmlFri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-14T00:00:00Darby Dan Farm: Quality Runs in the FamilyMembers of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff outlined changes Dec. 12 that have been put in place to prevent future mistakes in the administration of race-day Salix at the state's tracks.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/75026/khrc-staff-outlines-new-salix-proceduresWed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-12T00:00:00KHRC Staff Outlines New Salix ProceduresA discussion of the controversial policy shift by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to have its veterinarians — rather than private practitioners — give race-day furosemide shots isn’t formally on the agenda distributed for Wednesday’s final (scheduled) meeting of the year.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2012/12/11/years-last-khrc-meeting-a-chance-for-lasix-policy-discussion/Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-11T00:00:00Years last KHRC meeting a chance for Lasix policy discussionTwo lawmakers in leadership positions in the Kentucky General Assembly said Dec. 10 the issue of expanded gambling remains on the table, but whether a bill materializes for the legislative session that begins in January depends on Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/75002/are-pensions-wild-card-in-ky-gambling-debateMon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-10T00:00:00Are Pensions Wild Card in KY Gambling Debate?Agriculture economists at the University of Kentucky are forecasting an upturn in cash receipts from horses in the Bluegrass state in 2013 after the equine industry experienced steady sales in 2012.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/74943/ky-equine-receipts-projected-to-rise-in-2013Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-08T00:00:00KY Equine Receipts Projected to Rise in 2013In October equine herpes myeloencephalopathy was confirmed as affecting horses stabled at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois and evidence supports cases continued to develop this past week. I have though been unable to find any cumulative listing that reports the number of cases, fatalities, barns affected, or the last reported case.http://www.kentuckybred.org/hawthorne-update---dec-8-2012-from-office-of-state-veterinarian.htmlSat, 08 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-08T00:00:00Hawthorne Update - Dec 8, 2012 from Office of State VeterinarianMelissa Nolan is the marketing director for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB)/Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA). She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Midway College, where her thesis studied the model of wagering in Kentucky after the installation of synthetic surfaces at racetracks. Nolan has also worked as a financial services manager for Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, as well as a member and volunteer coordinator for the U.S. Pony Clubs.http://bizlex.com/2012/12/kentucky-equine-industry-next-generation-melissa-nolan/Fri, 07 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-07T00:00:00Kentucky Equine Industry Next Generation: Melissa NolanA Franklin Circuit Court judge Thursday upheld restrictions on where an owner can run a horse claimed in Kentucky.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121130/BUSINESS/311300095/Judge-upholds-racing-s-claiming-rule-restrictionsSat, 01 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-12-01T00:00:00Judge upholds racing's claiming rule restrictionsChurchill Downs’ new series of Kentucky Derby qualifying races has been the subject of debate since it was announced in June — and now a Chicago judge will get to offer an opinion on it too.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121129/BUSINESS/311290040/Churchill-Downs-sues-Illinois-regulators-over-simulcast-revenuesFri, 30 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-30T00:00:00Churchill Downs sues Illinois regulators over simulcast revenuesUniversity of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host a UK Equine Showcase Jan. 18 and the 4th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Jan. 19, both at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 1490 Bull Lea Road, Lexington.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/uk-ag-equine-programs-host-equine-showcase-breeders%E2%80%99-short-courseThu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-29T00:00:00UK Ag Equine Programs to host equine showcase, breeders short courseWith little more than a month remaining in the year and only a smattering of Grade I races still on the docket, the debate around which humans and equines will take home Eclipse Awards for 2012 has begun in earnest throughout the Thoroughbred racing community.http://horseracing.bloginky.com/2012/11/29/whos-your-momma-a-few-candidates-for-2012-broodmare-of-the-year/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterThu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-29T00:00:00Whos your momma A few candidates for 2012 Broodmare of the YearFollowing criticisms of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s implementation of a new rule requiring race-day furosemide injections to be given by state veterinarians, the official registrar of the thoroughbred breed in the United States issued a statement Tuesday reiterating its support for the policy.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2012/11/27/the-jockey-club-reiterates-support-for-kentucky-lasix-rule-change/Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-27T00:00:00The Jockey Club reiterates support for Kentucky Lasix rule changeThoroughbred racing returns to Northern Kentucky Nov. 29 with the opening of Turfway Park's 37th holiday meet.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/74731/kentucky-circuit-shifts-to-turfway-for-winterMon, 26 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-26T00:00:00Kentucky Circuit Shifts to Turfway for WinterLeader board for qualifying points to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Churchill Downs has moved to a points system to determine the field for the Derby, scrapping the previous system of graded stakes earnings. Points are earned by the top four finishers in designated Kentucky Derby prep races. Earnings in non-restricted stakes races serve as a tie-breaker.http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-derby-2013-point-standingsSat, 24 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-24T00:00:00Kentucky Derby 2013 point standingsThe North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAICSC) today announced that effective January 1, 2014, additional quality control requirements will be implemented for races in North America eligible for non-Listed black-type in SITA catalogues (those compliant with guidelines required by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers).http://www.thejockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=590Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-19T00:00:00Quality Control Requirements Added for North American Non-Listed Black-Type RacesLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS) -- Christ Chapel on the backside of Churchill Downs resembled something more like a spa on Monday. Workers were treated to free haircuts, makeup and clothing.http://www.whas11.com/community/Grooming-the-grooms-of-Churchill-Downs-180000961.htmlMon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-19T00:00:00Grooming the grooms of Churchill Downs .More than 300 attendees from 29 countries convened in Lexington recently for the 9th International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases (EID IX). The University of Kentucky (UK) Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, a UK Ag Equine program, hosted the conference.http://www.thehorse.com/articles/30891/international-conference-on-equine-infectious-diseases-a-successMon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-19T00:00:00International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases a SuccessThe Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board of directors has approved thresholds and withdrawal guidelines for six medications that have been identified by the American Association of Equine Practitioners as having therapeutic purposes.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/74511/rmtc-approves-thresholds-withdrawal-timesFri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-16T00:00:00RMTC Approves Thresholds, Withdrawal TimesKentucky horsemen are losing patience with a new policy that requires regulatory veterinarians to administer furosemide (Salix, also commonly called Lasix) on race day after mistakes have led to horses being scratched on consecutive race days at Churchill Downs in November.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/74504/salix-errors-frustrate-kentucky-horsemenFri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-16T00:00:00Salix Errors Frustrate Kentucky HorsemenCalifornia regulators on Thursday approved rules for a new form of Internet wagering in the United States — as well as Churchill Downs Inc.'s apparently reluctant request to offer it to its California customers.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121115/BUSINESS/311150081/Churchill-Downs-relucant-bid-exchange-wagering-license-OK-dThu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-15T00:00:00Churchill Downs' relucant bid for exchange wagering license OK'dCase Clay, president and chief executive officer of Three Chimneys Farm, was named chair of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors at its October meeting. Art Zubrod, manager of Brittany Farm, was named vice chair.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/case-clay-named-chair-uk%E2%80%99s-gluck-equine-research-foundationWed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-14T00:00:00Case Clay named chair of UK Gluck Equine Research FoundationIn 2013 Churchill Downs will offer new seating options in the first turn for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/74428/new-seating-option-for-kentucky-derbyWed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-14T00:00:00New Seating Option for Kentucky DerbyAs part of an ongoing commitment to new fan development, America’s Best Racing (ABR) today announced it will be launching a 2013 national bus tour designed to increase interest in the lifestyle and competition of America’s high profile Thoroughbred races and big event days across the country.http://www.followhorseracing.com/en/the-latest/news-stories/2012/11/14/abr-unveils-brand-promotional-tour/Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-14T00:00:00Americas Best Racing Unveils Brand Promotional Tour to Heighten Awareness of Horse Racing to the Millennial Generation.For the second racing day in a row, a horse at Churchill Downs had to be scratched after receiving two pre-race shots of anti-bleeder medication. This time, however, the same state-employed veterinarian gave both shots.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121114/SPORTS08/311140078/Again-horse-scratched-Churchill-Downs-double-treatment-from-state-vetsWed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-14T00:00:00Again, horse scratched at Churchill Downs for double treatment from state vetsIt seems a logic-defying miracle that horse racing survives and remains so resilient, given the black headlines regularly predicting collapse. Yes, there are problems, but September’s Thoroughbred yearling sale at Keeneland reaped a good harvest, thanks in no small part to strong activity among foreign buyers who’ve been the target of marketing initiatives.http://www.lanereport.com/15191/2012/11/thoroughbred-sales-success/Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-13T00:00:00Kentucky Winners Still Create Thoroughbred Sales SuccessAt first glance Siena Farm’s ownership group seems, well, a bit unlikely. The trio consists of a businessman, a finance man and a hands-on horseman. The breeding and racing operation in Paris is relatively new on the Central Kentucky Thoroughbred scene, having been in operation just four years.http://www.kyforward.com/2012/11/unlikely-trio-depends-on-teamwork-to-help-paris-siena-farm-break-out-of-starting-gate/Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-09T00:00:00Unlikely trio depends on teamwork to help Paris Siena Farm break out of starting gateThe cheers emanating from Clarkland Farm for Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2nd may have been heard clear into neighboring counties throughout Central Kentucky as the filly crossed the finish line first at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. The palpable excitement was due to the fact that the team at Clarkland Farm was responsible for mating, foaling, and raising the championship-caliber filly.http://www.kentuckybred.org/breeders-cup-success-for-fayette-county-breeder.htmlThu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-08T00:00:00Breeders Cup Success for Clarkland FarmIf you’ve ever wanted to wager on a horse race without knowing you’re betting on a horse race, Churchill Downs Inc. has a new suite of games for you.http://www.drf.com/news/churchills-luckitycom-horse-racing-meets-bingoThu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-08T00:00:00Churchill's Luckity.com: Horse racing meets bingoFive of the seven Breeders' Cup winners with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded at the home of the Kentucky Derby between races on Sunday.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/74311/kentucky-based-breeders-cup-winners-to-be-paraded-at-churchill-downsThu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-08T00:00:00Kentucky-based Breeders Cup winners to be paraded at Churchill DownsBelow the big headlines from Monday’s Churchill Downs Inc.’s third-quarter earnings announcement, the Louisville-based company indicated it may be considering offering a non-pari-mutuel form of gambling called exchange wagering.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/horsebiz/2012/11/06/churchill-downs-inc-readying-for-possible-exchange-wagering-entry/Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-06T00:00:00Churchill Downs Inc. readying for possible exchange wagering entry?Scholarship Day for the Churchill Downs Fall Meet will be on Saturday, November 10th!http://www.kentuckybred.org/churchill-downs-fall-meet-scholarship-day.htmlMon, 05 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-05T00:00:00Churchill Downs Fall Meet Scholarship DayMill Ridge Farm in southwestern Fayette County epitomizes the beauty and history of Central Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region. Situated on the fringe of residential communities, the gently rolling land has a meandering creek, signature tobacco barns converted into stables and black fencing that blend with the pastoral landscape. And, of course, the property is peppered with Thoroughbreds that create a particularly bucolic sunset scene if a herd is grazing on the ridges bordered by busy Man o’ War Boulevard, two-lane Parkers Mill Road and rural Bowman Mill Road.http://www.kyforward.com/2012/11/the-making-of-mill-ridge-thoroughbred-farm-in-lexington-celebrating-50th-anniversary/Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-02T00:00:00The making of Mill Ridge: Thoroughbred farm in Lexington celebrating 50th anniversaryA decision on the Breeders’ Cup returning to Churchill Downs in 2014 might center on the thoroughbred racing industry’s fight over race-day anti-bleeding drugs.http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20121102/NEWS0103/310310086/Debate-could-affect-Breeders-Cup-return-Churchill-DownsFri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-11-02T00:00:00Debate could affect Breeders' Cup return to Churchill DownsFRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday that he would like to see a constitutional amendment to expand gambling passed in the January legislative session, but he said the fate of a plan to reform the state's tax code is up in the air.http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/31/2391438/beshear-says-he-wants-expanded.htmlWed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-31T00:00:00Beshear wants gambling amendment approved in upcoming sessionFinancially troubled Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. has eliminated approximately $500,000 in stakes purses to retain its overnight purse structure this winter and next spring, racing secretary Rick Leigh said.http://dailyracingform.tumblr.com/post/34671715966/turfway-park-cuts-back-stakes-programTue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-30T00:00:00Turfway Park cuts back stakes programKeeneland Race Course’s fall meet concluded Saturday setting records for both attendance and wagering.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121029/BUSINESS/310290063/Keeneland-fall-meet-sets-attendance-betting-recordsMon, 29 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-29T00:00:00Keeneland fall meet sets attendance, betting recordsLEXINGTON — The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, as expected, approved a 12-day September meet for Churchill Downs for dates previously occupied by Turfway Park, prompting a new round of criticism from some Northern Kentucky legislators.http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20121023/NEWS0103/310230155/Turfway-Park-s-owners-derided?nclick_check=1Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-26T00:00:00Turfway Park's owners deridedA Kentucky Horse Racing Commission veterinarian on Wednesday failed to give a horse a pre-race injection of the anti-bleeding drug best known as Lasix as requested by its trainer, but the horse went on to win anyway .http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121024/BUSINESS/310240108/Keeneland-horse-doesn-t-get-prescribed-drug-wins-anywayThu, 25 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-25T00:00:00Keeneland horse doesn't get prescribed drug, wins anywayLEXINGTON, KY. — With the final approval for a September race meet in hand, Churchill Downs officials are making plans for the 12 days of racing to join the country’s top tracks in offering shorter meetings with bigger purses to attract the best horses and more fans.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121023/BUSINESS/310230071/Churchill-Downs-September-racing-meet-gets-final-approvalWed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-24T00:00:00Churchill Downs September racing meet gets final approvalReed Kessler, the 18-year-old equestrian phenomenon who became the youngest competitor in the 2012 Summer Olympics equestrian field and the youngest U.S. Equestrian Team member in history to take part in the games, will speak at the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs’ Distinguished Industry Lecture Series Nov. 15. Sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, the event will take place at 6:30 p.m. EST in the Ag Science Building’s Seay Auditorium on the UK campus. It is free and open to the public.http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/uk-lecture-series-presents-conversation-olympian-reed-kesslerWed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-24T00:00:00UK lecture series presents conversation with Olympian Reed KesslerThoroughbred breeding appeared to stabilize in 2012, although there was a shift to New York stallions, according to statistics released Friday by The Jockey Club.http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/23/2381490/thoroughbred-breeding-stable-in.htmlTue, 23 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-23T00:00:00Thoroughbred breeding stabilized in 2012Churchill Downs Inc. announced Tuesday that it has completed the purchase of Riverwalk Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., for about $141 million.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121023/BUSINESS/310230063/Churchill-Downs-completes-purchase-second-Mississippi-casinoTue, 23 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-23T00:00:00Churchill Downs completes purchase of second Mississippi casinoIf you ask Thoroughbred owners what race they most want to win, they will almost always say the Kentucky Derby. But getting one extraordinary 3-year-old animal, healthy and whole, to peak on the first Saturday in May takes phenomenal luck.http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/20/2378642/even-without-juddmontes-frankel.htmlSat, 20 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-20T00:00:00Fields of Dreams | Juddmonte Farms breeding to winAfter last-minute horse-trading and some tough compromises, Kentucky's five Thoroughbred tracks have reached agreement on a 2013 calendar that drastically alters the traditional schedule.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73632/churchill-downs-gets-ok-for-september-datesThu, 18 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-18T00:00:00Churchill Downs Gets OK for September DatesLOUISVILLE — Worried that their struggling neighborhood track could lose key racing dates, some Northern Kentucky leaders are mounting a late-stretch campaign in support of Turfway Park ahead of a decision on next year's racing assignments.http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/16/2373175/n-kentucky-officials-voice-support.htmlTue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-16T00:00:00N. Kentucky officials voice support for keeping Turfway race datesDue to an unknown illness among some horses at Hawthorne Race Course, the Kentucky state veterinarian's office has issued a directive that horses from that Illinois track not be allowed onto tracks in the Bluegrass State.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73578/ky-issues-directive-on-hawthorne-horsesMon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-15T00:00:00KY Issues Directive on Hawthorne HorsesFLORENCE — Northern Kentucky leaders are not going to let Turfway Park lose its September racing dates to Churchill Downs – a move that could jeopardize the track’s future – without a fight.http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20121010/NEWS0103/310100141/N-Ky-leaders-step-up-help-Turfway-Park-keep-fall-racing?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-12T00:00:00N. Ky. leaders step up to help Turfway Park keep fall racingKeeneland and Woodbine Entertainment Group were declared co-winners of this year's Simulcast Award at the International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The award gives both tracks the distinction of becoming five-time winners of the prestigious contest. The crystal trophies were sponsored by Post Time Technologies.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73460/keeneland-woodbine-share-simulcast-award-honorsThu, 11 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-11T00:00:00Keeneland, Woodbine share Simulcast Award honorsSeveral industry groups, including 13 prominent breeding farms in Kentucky, have developed plans to provide funds beginning in 2013 to support the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance's mission to accredit and raise funds for Thoroughbred aftercare facilities, it was announced Oct. 11.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73468/farms-industry-groups-to-support-aftercareThu, 11 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-11T00:00:00Farms, Industry Groups to Support AftercareA Kentucky state veterinarian accidentally administered furosemide to a racehorse at Keeneland Oct. 5, the first day a new state rule was enacted that requires the anti-bleeding medication to be administered by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission vets.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73323/ky-state-vet-accidentally-administers-salixMon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-08T00:00:00KY State Vet Accidentally Administers SalixKeeneland is pulling out of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, the coalition of tracks and industry groups that has pursued expanded gambling.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121003/BUSINESS/310030093/Keeneland-withdrawing-from-pro-casino-KEEP-groupFri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-05T00:00:00Keeneland withdrawing from pro-casino KEEP groupHorses bred in Kentucky will have the opportunity to verify their ability on a worldwide stage this Sunday at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France. Of the seven G1 contests that day, horses bred in the Commonwealth will participate in four, including three Kentucky runners in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) and another in the day’s feature event, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Brisnet.com has generously allowed KTA/KTOB use of its pedigree information to give our constituents more information about the participants in this Sunday’s Longchamp races.http://www.kentuckybred.org/kentucky-quality-competes-at-longchamp.htmlFri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-05T00:00:00Kentucky Quality Competes at LongchampLexington, KY - After the overwhelmingly positive response upon its introduction last spring, the Equine Academy at Lexington Catholic is off to a great start.http://www.kentuckybred.org/lexington-catholic-equine-academy---and-they-are-off.htmlFri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-05T00:00:00Lexington Catholic Equine Academy - And They Are OffAfter struggling to fill fields early in the meet, Turfway Park bounced back in the final weeks of its fall meeting but could not prevent a significant drop in handle.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73298/without-kentucky-cup-turfway-handle-downFri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-05T00:00:00Without Kentucky Cup, Turfway Handle DownWith two racetracks now operating instant racing machines full-time, wagering on the electronic gambling devices jumped more than 18 percent in September to almost $21 million.http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/04/2360136/with-two-ky-tracks-instant-racing.htmlThu, 04 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-04T00:00:00Instant racing tops $21 million in September at 2 Kentucky tracksThe fourth edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a "Prevention vs. Reaction" theme when it is held at Keeneland in Lexington Oct. 16-17.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73243/keeneland-to-host-racehorse-summitWed, 03 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-03T00:00:00Keeneland to Host Racehorse SummitDuring a lengthy, controversial Kentucky Horse Racing Commission race dates committee meeting, representatives from Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, and Kentucky Downs debated the reasons why they should be awarded live racing dates in September 2013.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73211/churchill-applies-for-september-race-datesTue, 02 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-02T00:00:00Churchill Applies for September Race DatesThe Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will hold a Thoroughbred Pedigree and Conformation Clinic Monday, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Lexington. The clinic, sponsored by Blood-Horse Publications, will feature conformation presentations and live evaluations as well as pedigree discussions that will include nicking, dosage, outcrossing, and inbreeding. Clinic speakers will include Rob Keck, Susan Martin, Meg Levy, Dermot Ryan, Adrian Wallace, Headley Bell, Dr. John Park, Matt Lyons, Kirt Cahill, and Dr. Chris Cahill. The clinic will feature tours of Ashford Stud, Park Equine Hospital, and Woodford Thoroughbreds. A complete agenda can be viewed here.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73205/toba-to-hold-pedigree-and-conformation-clinicMon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-01T00:00:00TOBA to Hold Pedigree and Conformation ClinicThe final day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Festival Sept. 29 is anchored by a pair of group I races for females as well as a group II event that kick-starts a new points-based system to determine the field for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73123/derby-qualifying-race-set-for-newmarketMon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-10-01T00:00:00Derby Qualifying Race Set for NewmarketThe revamped "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series kicks off Sept. 29 with points awarded to the top four finishers in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge (Eng-II) at Newmarket and the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73082/ky-derby-points-system-launches-sept-29Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-28T00:00:00KY Derby Points System Launches Sept. 29Since the track was able to fill only six races one day earlier in its meet, Turfway Park has done a very good job getting full fields, including in maiden special weight and some allowance races. True most of the cards are variations of $5,000 or $7,500 claimers, but the racing office is working its heart out.http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing/2012/09/24/amid-hardships-turfway-still-has-ability-to-make-new-fans/Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-27T00:00:00Amid hardships, Turfway still has ability to make new fansKentucky Downs, the all-turf track that recently completed a hugely successful five-day meet, is seeking eight live racing dates in 2013, including three in March.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73034/kentucky-downs-seeks-three-march-dates-in-13Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-25T00:00:00Kentucky Downs Seeks Three March Dates in '13Churchill Downs Inc. has filed suit against the entities that have majority ownership of Kentucky Downs, contending the defendants breached their agreement with CDI by converting debt securities into equity.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73031/two-kentucky-tracks-in-legal-disputeTue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-25T00:00:00Two Kentucky Tracks in Legal DisputeThe Keeneland September yearling sale crossed the finish line of its marathon run Sept. 21 in Lexington with average and median prices that increased for the third year in a row. The average rose 14.2% from 2011 while the median grew an impressive 50% to equal the auction record that was established in 2006.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72984/september-sale-ends-median-equals-recordMon, 24 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-24T00:00:00September Sale Ends; Median Equals RecordFasig-Tipton has cataloged a record 1,254 for its Kentucky fall yearling sale, which will be held Oct. 22-24 in Lexington. The number is up 24.5% from last year’s total of 1,007.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/73032/f-t-kentucky-fall-sale-has-1254-yearlingsMon, 24 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-24T00:00:00F-T Kentucky Fall Sale Has 1,254 YearlingsKeeneland September On behalf of the Kentucky breeders we want to congratulate and thank the...http://www.kentuckybred.org/keeneland-september-thank-you-from-kta-ktob.htmlFri, 21 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-21T00:00:00Keeneland September Thank You from KTA-KTOBKentucky Downs ended its most successful live race meet Sept. 19 in Franklin, establishing new benchmarks for on-track and all sources handle while hosting some of the highest quality racing the track has seen.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72946/kentucky-downs-completes-most-succesful-meetThu, 20 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-20T00:00:00Kentucky Downs Completes Most Succesful MeetThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has given unanimous approval for the sale of a 30% interest in Ellis Park racetrack to an entity controlled by Saratoga Raceway and Casino for $4 million.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72918/ky-commission-approves-30-sale-of-ellisWed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-19T00:00:00Ky. Commission Approves 30% Sale of EllisKentucky Downs has canceled its Sept. 17 race card due to inclement weather and "less-than-perfect track conditions," according to a release from the Franklin, Ky. track.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72888/kentucky-downs-cancels-sept-17-live-racingMon, 17 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-17T00:00:00Kentucky Downs Cancels Sept. 17 Live RacingThe Jockey Club released it's Live Foal Report figures for 2012 Sept. 14 and note 22,500 live foal reports have been received as of Sept. 10. The figure is down 4.5% from this time a year ago. TJC is expecting the total crop to come in at around 24,700 foals.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72805/2012-foal-crop-slight-dip-from-11Fri, 14 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-14T00:00:002012 Foal Crop: Slight Dip from '11The one-year suspension of John Veitch, Kentucky's former chief racing steward, in connection with the Life At Ten case was upheld by a judge Sept. 12.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72771/kentucky-judge-upholds-veitch-suspensionThu, 13 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-13T00:00:00Kentucky Judge Upholds Veitch SuspensionLEXINGTON, KY. — Churchill Downs is considering adding a September racing meet next year, setting up a potential fight with Turfway Park, which has traditionally held the bulk of Kentucky’s September races.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120910/BUSINESS/309100085/Churchill-Downs-considering-running-September-2013?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSportsWed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-12T00:00:00Churchill Downs considering running in September in 2013The select portion of Keeneland's September yearling sale had fewer horses and was shorter this year, but it generated some impressive financial fireworks. Five horses commanded seven-figure prices during the auction's lone select session Sept. 10 in Lexington. The number was up from 2011, when three brought $1 million or more during two nights of select selling.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72720/keeneland-september-kicks-off-with-increasesTue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-11T00:00:00Keeneland September Kicks Off With IncreasesThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund had more than 8,000 mares registered by the Aug. 15 deadline, about the same number as last year.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72727/ky-breeders-fund-finds-some-stabilityTue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-11T00:00:00KY Breeders' Fund Finds Some StabilityThat Turfway Park is struggling to fill live racing programs for its 16-day meet is no surprise to horsemen, who believe a "perfect storm" developed in September. And lawmakers indicated the climate in the state in regard to racing and breeding probably won't change any time soon.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72706/solutions-not-readily-available-in-kentuckyMon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-10T00:00:00Solutions Not Readily Available in KentuckyKentucky Downs saw a significant increase in wagering as its brief meet got underway Sept. 8 in Franklin, Ky.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72686/kentucky-downs-enjoys-successful-opening-daySun, 09 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-09T00:00:00Kentucky Downs Enjoys Successful Opening DayLEXINGTON, KY, The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elected four Officers and four members of the Board of Directors...http://www.kentuckybred.org/kta-ktob-elect-officers.htmlThu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-09-06T00:00:00KTA-KTOB Elects Officers and DirectorsThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, by a 7-5 vote with one abstention June 13, approved an administrative regulation that would ban the use of furosemide on race-day in graded and listed stakes over a three-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2014.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/70530/ky-commission-approves-race-day-salix-banTue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-06-12T00:00:00KY Commission Approves Race-Day Salix BanAs I write this, I am in New York preparing Dullahan for the prestigious Belmont stakes, the biggest race of his young career. It is hard to think of an issue in the Thoroughbred racing industry that has been more contentious or long lasting than the use of drugs. Most recently, the battle has centered on the use of race-day drugs; and two of racing's most important states, Kentucky and New York, are considering changes to their rules.http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/12/2221070/race-day-drugs-integrity-of-industry.htmlTue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-06-12T00:00:00Lasix benefits horses; ban would damage Kentucky racingDuring an oddly lopsided town hall meeting on a proposal to phase out use of furosemide on race day in listed and graded stakes in Kentucky, proponents of the therapeutic anti-bleeding medication made their case. But in the end, it may not matter.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/70345/ky-salix-meeting-more-questions-than-answersWed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-06-06T00:00:00KY Salix Meeting: More Questions Than AnswersThe Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a town hall meeting for June 5 to discuss the proposed three-year phase-out of the race-day drug furosemide.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/69966/kentucky-sets-town-hall-meeting-on-salixTue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-05-22T00:00:00Kentucky Sets Town Hall Meeting on SalixThe Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has requested Gov. Steve Beshear not to sign any request to implement on an emergency basis a ban on race day use of furosemide.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68908/ky-horsemen-seek-beshears-help-on-medicationMon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-04-16T00:00:00KY Horsemen Seek Beshear's Help on MedicationWith an appeals court planning to hear arguments later this month on the legality of Instant Racing, the electronic form of gaming continues to generate significant revenues for Kentucky Downs and the state’s horse industry.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68839/instant-racing-continues-to-thrive-in-kyThu, 12 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-04-12T00:00:00Instant Racing Continues to Thrive in KYTVG will provide live coverage of the annual race meets at Keeneland and Woodbine that begin Friday, April 6.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68625/keeneland-woodbine-meets-to-air-on-tvgWed, 04 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-04-04T00:00:00Keeneland, Woodbine Meets to Air on TVGEastern tent caterpillar eggs have begun hatching well ahead of last year's schedule, and the egg hatch is expected to be completed by the first full week of March, University of Kentucky officials said Feb. 29.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/67718/caterpillars-hatching-earlier-this-year-in-kyWed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-02-29T00:00:00Caterpillars Hatching Earlier This Year in KYIn yet another sign of trouble for the Kentucky horse racing industry, Turfway Park said it will slash overnight purses 25% effective March 3 because of an overpayment coupled with lower pari-mutuel handle.http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/67745/turfway-slashes-purses-lowest-in-20-yearsWed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT2012-02-29T00:00:00Turfway Slashes Purses; Lowest in 20 Yearshttp://www.kentuckybred.org/general-news.htmlGeneral NewsFri, 13 Jul 2012 16:56:39 GMTen-us