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Two of horse racing's most formidable companies now have the authorization needed to build a $150 million racetrack facility near the Kentucky and Tennessee border. The companies' proposal to build a racetrack, hotel and gaming facility in Oak Grove, Ky., was approved on a voice vote by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday afternoon. It beat out similar proposals by Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Kentucky Downs, all of which were bidding for one harness track-racing license for the southwest Kentucky town near Fort Campbell.
Philip Bauer was born in Louisville, KY on April 14, 1985, as the youngest of six children to Jude and Larry Bauer. He graduated from St. Margaret Mary grade school in 1999 and from St. Xavier high school in 2003. Philip fell in love with horses and horse racing at a young age being around his grandparents’ horse farm in Pee Wee Valley, KY, and racehorses at River Downs. He married his wife Ashley on October 14, 2011, in Louisville at Locust Grove. They were blessed with their first son, Philip Wyatt, on Halloween night 2013 and their second son, Lincoln Asher, on April 23, 2015. They currently live in J town, KY. Philip began training horses on his own for Richard and Tammy Rigney's Rigney Racing in August 2013. They were victorious in their first race with a horse named Cookie on September 21, 2013, at Churchill Downs. They won their first stakes race on February 22, 2014, with Our Double Play and their first Graded Stakes race on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6, 2015, with Channel Marker.
Part owner and manager of Wintergreen Farm. Worked as an assistant for trainers Mack Miller, Criquette Head, Alex Scott and Tom Proctor. Graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. Current Vice President (KTOB) and Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, Inc.
After hearing Oct. 30 from three potential track owners interested in launching a Kentucky Standardbred track near the border with Tennessee—the big motivation being the chance to offer historical horse racing gaming in the Nashville market—the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission deferred a decision on awarding the license.
Managing partner in Ashland Park Stables Racing Partnership and Ashland Park Management, a consulting firm. Current board member of Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and current President of Fayette County Farm Bureau.
The debut of Keeneland’s innovative Owner’s Experience Tour during the 2018 Fall Meet was an overwhelming success. All 16 sessions of the 90-minute experience with a 10-person limit were sold out. Guests came from 20 states and Australia.
Following a seven-year hiatus, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will return to Churchill Downs in earnest on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 – the highlight of an action-packed Fall Meet at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby that begins Sunday, Oct. 28.
A Kentucky circuit court has determined that the wagering offered by Exacta Systems historical racing machines is pari-mutuel and doesn't violate the state's gambling laws.
A native of central Kentucky, Mark grew up working around Gainesway Farm where his father Joe was manager for forty years. In 1991 Mark graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in English. Upon graduation, Mark returned to the horse business where he worked for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally in California before spending a year in Dubai working in Sheikh Mohammed’s Dubai Racing Operation. In 1994 Mark joined his brothers full time as partner in Taylor Made Sales Agency. He is currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Taylor Made. Mark is the previous President of the Consignors and Breeders Association (CBA) and remains a member of the CBA Board of Directors. In addition to serving on the Board and as Secretary of KTA/KTOB, Mark is also a former trustee of the Breeders’ Cup.
Two more Kentucky horses have been diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV), E.S. Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, said in an Oct. 17 statement. There are now 11 confirmed cases of WNV in Kentucky horses this year.
State veterinary personnel in Kentucky have enacted additional measures to attempt to identify horses who are at greater risk for racing injuries since a spate of breakdowns in mid-September at Churchill Downs, but have yet to identify any common factors that may have contributed to the fatalities, according to the state’s head equine veterinarian and its equine medical director.
TOBA would like to invite you to the International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation Veterinary Meeting on October 31, 2018. The ITBF Veterinary Meeting will embrace a range of presentations by internationally distinguished speakers on subjects of topical importance to veterinarians and members of the international Thoroughbred breeding industry at large. The program will comprise sessions on infectious disease updates from participating countries, biosecurity, genomics, and veterinary medicine and the Thoroughbred industry in the USA.
An Oct. 8 visit to Turfway Park revealed giant tents set up in the parking lot for a sale on Adidas shoes and athletic wear, but there was no visible sign of any progress on facility renovations outlined in February by track management.
The race dates committee for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will consider bids from three current track owners to take over the Standardbred racing license abandoned by Thunder Ridge and launch a new harness track in the Oak Grove area.
Dermot Ryan is the manager of Ashford Stud, the American division of Coolmore Stud. A native of Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Dermot graduated from the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course before taking a position with Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Following eight years working for Coolmore in Ireland, Dermot relocated to Coolmore America in 1993. Dermot was a founding member of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association and also spent two terms on the board of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation.
West Nile Update from Office of Kentucky State Veterinarian - 10/2/18
Just days before the start of the fall meet at Keeneland, and less than a month until the second-annual Equestricon convention and festival, the two organizations announced today details of an exciting new collaboration. Fans can expect to see a larger presence from the BETologist program — which educates patrons on all aspects of handicapping and wagering — at both Keeneland this fall and at Equestricon. Keeneland has been named as the Official Fan Development Partner of Equestricon.
Churchill Downs Racetrack will host a Derby-sized job fair on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to hire positions for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup World Championships and Fall Meet.
Walker is the fourth generation of Hancock’s to run his family’s Claiborne Farm which was established in 1910. Claiborne has been a part of his entire life as he learned to work and handle horses at the early age of eight. After attending Sayre School in Lexington, Walker went on to attend the University of Florida where he majored in Animal Sciences with a minor in Agricultural Sales and Marketing. During summer vacations from school, Walker would work at Claiborne with the yearling sales prep team. As a requirement from his major, he needed to fulfill an internship within his respective industry. Walker had the opportunity to fill that obligation in the summer of 2010 working alongside the Keeneland Sales Inspection team. Upon graduation from Florida in May of 2012, Walker went to work for trainer Al Stall, first at Saratoga, then at Keeneland. For the 2013 breeding season, Walker was the resident vet technician at Claiborne. Once the breeding season ended, he spent time shadowing his father Seth, as well as Claiborne’s farm manager Bradley Purcell, taking a larger role in the Keeneland September Sale consignment as well as day-to-day farm operations. In early 2014, Walker became the President of Claiborne Farm and Seth Hancock became Chairman of the Board.
During the past 24 hour period we have confirmed a diagnosis of West Nile virus affecting a 7th horse here in KY. The attached document contains both a 2018 Y-T-D summary as well as a brief summary of our historical cases (2001-2017).
Kentucky may soon alter its language surrounding the absolute insurer rule for trainers accused of rule violations, per a series of rule changes approved in a special meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Tuesday.
Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale concluded Sunday with commerce described as “electric” at every level of the market during the 13-day auction, held Sept. 10-23. The bellwether sale produced gross receipts of $377,130,400, which was the fourth highest in September Sale history and approached the record heights of the mid-2000s. Average price bested last year’s record. Twenty-seven horses sold for $1 million or more, including three for $2 million-plus, to be the most since 2007. The $2.4 million given by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for a colt by leading sire War Front is the highest price paid for a yearling in the world so far this year.
Born November 1, 1957, Baker grew up on Long Island working for his father George Baker who trained there for 20 years. In addition, he had the opportunity to work for Frank & David Whitely and Shug McGaughey. Shug helped him get started as a trainer in 1990. Baker has been training since then and has trained for the Kleins, George Steinbrenner, Greentree Stable, and Brereton Jones among others over the years.
Four more Kentucky horses have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), E.S. Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, said in a statement Sept. 20. There are now six confirmed cases of WNV in Kentucky horses this year.
Every so often, we will be addressing a few things: comments, decisions, people, whatever that – for one reason or another – should be tossed into the literary “muck pit.”
Track owner Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced plans for a $5 million capital investment that will expand the Starting Gate Suites through the construction of a new 20,000-square-foot rooftop garden which will deliver a unique hospitality experience with exclusive sightlines and access for more than 500 ticketed guests.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday posted a notice on its website stating that it was accepting applications for “new and renewal association licenses” in the state, at a time when some gambling interests are eyeing the two available racetrack licenses allowed under law.
A colt by Union Rags brought $250,000 to headline another vibrant day of selling during Thursday’s 10th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 272 yearlings today for $9,019,400, up 37.55 percent from gross sales of $6,557,100 for 255 horses posted in 2017. The average of $33,160 increased 28.96 percent from $25,714 last year, while the median of rose 46.67 percent from $15,000 to $22,000.
Chris Baker is a 30-year industry veteran with international expertise in multiple facets of the Thoroughbred business. The 1986 University of Maryland graduate initially worked in the broodmare, stallion and racing divisions at Lane's End Farm. He then headed overseas, learning the training craft in racing jurisdictions as varied as England, Australia, and New Zealand. Repatriated to California, Chris was an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Neil Drysdale and Richard Mandella, working with such Champions as A.P. Indy, Kotashaan, and Phone Chatter, before training on his own. A return to farm management eventually brought Chris to Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where he served as General Manager for 11 years until that operation dispersed in 2011. During his tenure, Spring Hill produced more than 100 stakes winners and was twice honored as TOBA's National Breeders of the Year. Chris then served as General Manager at WinStar Farm before joining Three Chimneys in December, 2013.
Fueled by six more seven-figure transactions, Keeneland closed out its blockbuster four-day September Yearling Sale Book 1 with another strong Sept. 13 session topped by a son of Medaglia d'Oro sold for $2.1 million.
Churchill 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.
Keeneland 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.
Kentucky 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.
The 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.
Joe 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.
A 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.
Legislation 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.
Total 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.
WKY 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).
Anne 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.
The symposium will be organized in a town hall format with sessions focused on: ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND THE CONSUMER
A 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.
Darren 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.
The 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.
Like 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Matt 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.
On 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.
Keeneland 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.
Anita Cauley, an Indianapolis native, has resided with her husband James in Louisville, KY since 2007 where she operates both her Thoroughbred racing and breeding programs. Since her move to Kentucky, she has had two exciting opportunities to race in the Kentucky Oaks. In 2007, High Heels finished third and five years later in 2012, On Fire Baby finished fifth. Anita continued to race On Fire Baby to achieve over a million dollars in earnings and was able to attain multiple Grade 1 wins in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in 2013 and the 2014 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Stuart 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."
The 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.
Churchill 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.
When 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.
Craig 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.
Owners 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.
Keeneland 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.”
Braxton has been involved in the Racing Game her whole life. Her grandparents, Harry and Jane Lunger, owned the successful Christiana Stables, which she and her mother continue to operate today. She worked her summers for Walnut Green Sales Consignment, which was owned by her father and uncle. After graduating from Trinity College (CT), Braxton moved to Kentucky to work for Three Chimneys Farm, where she held the position of Director of Sales until 2007. Braxton now owns and operates Royal Oak Farm in Paris, Kentucky with her husband, Damian. They have quickly gotten off the ground as a successful operation by raising or selling such Graded Stakes Winners as Union Rags, Pure Fun, Boys at Tosconova, Nereid and Ready to Please.
Charlie LoPresti and his wife own 200-acre Forest Lane Farm in Lexington on the eastern fringe of Fayette County. Charlie handles the racing string at Keeneland Race Course, where he has been based year round for more than a decade. With a goal of learning all phases of handling Thoroughbreds, LoPresti obtained a job at Domino Stud in Lexington in 1978 where he worked under renowned horseman Ted Carr. LoPresti then worked for about six years as assistant manager under Carr at Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm in Lexington. Lopresti left to start developing Forest Lane, during which time he also served as trainer for Calumet Farm for whom he won four stakes races during tenure of about six years. He became the first trainer to win back-to-back editions of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-G1) with Turallure in 2011 and Wise Dan in 2012. Wise Dan went on to win the Breeders Cup Mile, breaking a 15 year old track record. He capped off the year earning three Eclipse Awards for Older Male, Turf Male and Horse of the Year, the only horse to acheive that mark since John Henry. Through Sept. 2012, LoPresti has won more than 180 races that have earned more than $8 million.
McLean is a co-owner and the business manager of Crestwood Farm. An owner/breeder with over 25 years of industry experience. Current Director and President of KTA-KTOB. Also, currently serves on the board of the Keeneland Association, Thoroughbred Charities of America; and as a trustee of Sayre School. Past board member of Commerce Lexington. Co-breeder of Champion filly XTRA HEAT. A graduate of Transylvania University, McLean resides at Crestwood Farm with his wife Lisa and their three children.
A native of Lexington, Price grew up working for his family's Mill Ridge Farm; knowing it was a great privilege to weed-eat, hay, or anything else that needed to be done. Following college, Price moved to Charlotte, NC to work in commercial real estate and development. This early career took him to Nashville, TN where he became very involved in Nashville's blossoming downtown community revitalization. Always promoting and passionate about Thoroughbreds and Central Kentucky, Price jumped at the opportunity to return to Lexington and work with his father, Headley, at Nicoma Bloodstock - the consulting arm of Mill Ridge Farm. With conviction for the sport and believing in the great opportunity to develop our fan base, Price became actively involved with the KTA's Vision 2020 group and ultimately honored to join the board of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Inc./Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. Price serves as a board member of Horse Country, TOBA, The National Racing Museum, Fayette Alliance and the NoLI community development corporation.
Churchill 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.
Licensed trainer for 30 years. Stabled year-round at Keeneland and currently on the Kentucky, Chicago, and New Orleans circuit. Current Director of Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. Owner and operator of Sunnyside Farm in Paris, KY.
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.
Paul was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1962 and resides there with wife Angie, who manages payroll for McGee's public stable. They have four children - Matthew, Margaret, Alex and Eddie. Paul grew up in the Derby City where he and his three siblings – all first-generation horsemen – developed their interest in racing through their proximity to Churchill Downs. Brother Marty is a columnist for the Daily Racing Form; younger sister Amy is married to and keeps the books for Southern California-based trainer Ron Ellis whose stable includes Declan's Moon, 2004's 2-year-old champion; and older sister Susan has previously worked in group sales for Hollywood Park. Paul got his start in racing at age 15 by walking hots for conditioner Jerry Calvin and later galloped horses for trainers Angel Montano Sr. and Carl Bowman. After attending Louisville’s St. Xavier High School, he graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in chemistry. “My Dad sells water treatment chemicals,” McGee said. “It was kind of a fall-back. If it didn't work out at the racetrack, I would go to work for him. He never objected to me coming to the racetrack. He’s 100 percent behind me."
Ben Haggin has been involved with Woodford Racing since 2005. Ben is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Woodberry Forest School. Ben has worked in nearly every facet of the Thoroughbred industry. He has worked for Mill Ridge Farm, Hall of Fame Trainer Ron McAnally and Equibase Company. Ben was an original employee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Ben presently serves on the Board of the Keeneland Association, the Saratoga Reading Rooms and has served on the Board of the Race for Education and the Thoroughbred Club of America. Ben is active on the Boards of Sayre School and the High Street YMCA in Lexington, Kentucky. Ben is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lee Haggin III. Mr. Haggin is a member of the Jockey Club and is a Trustee of the Keeneland Association. Ben’s great-grandfather, Hal Price Headley, was a founder of the Keeneland Association.
The 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.
Hutton Goodman is a native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Virginia who now lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Alexandra Goodman. He has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for his entire life and has experience in many different aspects of the industry. Hutton worked on the race track for trainer Michael Stidham until he decided to return home to work for his family’s Mt. Brilliant Farm in Lexington. Mt. Brilliant Farm is a broodmare operation based north of Lexington that has 30 broodmares and 17 horses in training on three continents. At Mt. Brilliant Hutton has been involved in the farms breeding, sales and racing operation in the USA, UK, Ireland, Argentina and Australia. He currently serves as racing manager at Mt. Brilliant Farm. In addition to his equine interests Hutton serves as chairman of the board of the Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation a charitable foundation and supporter of The Fayette Alliance.
Churchill 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.
The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce that the state breakouts for the 2017 Economic Impact Study are now available for purchase.
Churchill 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.
LEMONS 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.
Churchill 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.
A 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.
At 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.
Mint 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.
Shortly 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.
The 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.
We 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.
Kentucky 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."
The 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.
When 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.
BARN 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.
A 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.
The 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.
While 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.
Churchill 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Breeders’ 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.
Keeneland 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.
The 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.
Competitive 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.
The 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.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will soon consider changes to the voided claim rule after its rules committee recommended updates to the standard.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect members of the Board of Directors.
A member update from Executive Director, Chauncey Morris.
It 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.
To 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.
Churchill 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.
The 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.
After 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.
After 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.
Between 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.
Dr. 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.
Agriculture 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.
The 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.
Churchill 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.
The 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.
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.
Yum 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.
The 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!
Kentucky hopes a study described as a "first step" can begin to shed light on contamination issues in equine drug testing.
Off 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.
Keeneland 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.
The 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.
When 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.
United 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.
Gross 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.
Kentucky 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.
Churchill 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.
Churchill 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.
Kentucky 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.
The 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.
When 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.
As with any new venture, there is an air of uncertainty surrounding Fasig-Tipton's inaugural Turf Showcase Sept. 10.
Ellis 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.
Groups 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.
Churchill 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.
Keeneland 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.
The 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.
A 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.
As 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.
Keeneland 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.
The 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.
The 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.
A 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.
Keeneland 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.
Keeneland 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.
Because 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.
A 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.
Churchill 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.
On 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.
A 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.
Churchill 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.
For the first time in 30-some years, Keeneland has tweaked the commission structure for all of its auctions.
Churchill 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.
Churchill Downs Racetrack wants Louisville Metro Government to close several streets and alleys west of the track so it can expand its parking capacity.
EquiLottery 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).
Effective Thursday, June 8, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purse offerings 10 percent thanks to record Kentucky Derby week business levels.
Churchill 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.
Churchill 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.
Shouse, 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.
Kentucky 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.
Churchill 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.
LESLIE’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.
The 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.
Kentucky 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.
Keeneland, 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.
Equestricon, 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.
A 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.
Kentucky 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.
A 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).
Recently, 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 Council
Fayette 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.
The 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.
Churchill 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.
The 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.
Economic statistics recently released on Kentucky's international trade showed a 33.1% increase in the value of exported live, purebred horses.
The 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.
What, 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.”
The 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.
Testing 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.
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.
The 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.
With 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.
There 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.
Keeneland 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.
With 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.
List of the 2016 Eclipse Awards Finalists
For 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.
The 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.
Exacta 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.
Lexington 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.
Sportech 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.
The 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.
While 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.
In 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.
A legislative panel got a snapshot of Kentucky's horse-racing industry during a meeting today at Turfway Park.
History 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.
State 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.
The 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.
Betting 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.
The 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.
Keeneland 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
Discussion 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.
A 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.
Next year’s Kentucky Derby will offer improved spaces for horse owners and big bettors to watch the action and the races.
Leading 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.
Fletcher 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.
Kentucky 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.
There will be no battle of September race dates in Kentucky this year, as the 2017 schedule will look a lot like 2016.
All-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.
Lexington tourism officials say the most frequent question they were asked for decades was this: “How can I get on a horse farm?”
Charles “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.
The 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.
In 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.
With 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.
P 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.
Noting 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.
No 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.
A 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.
Lexington’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.
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.
The 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.
Continued 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.
Churchill 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The American Horse Council Foundation is seeking to update the Economic Impact Study of the Horse Industry in 2017.
Attorneys 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.
Officials 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.
Ellis Park is teaming with its horsemen’s association to provide the public with a behind-the-scenes look at preparing horses for the races.
Kentucky 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.
Ellis 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.
Twelve years after it was founded, the Backside Learning Center is operating as an independent nonprofit organization.
Kentucky 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.
After 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.
Royal 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.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced June 21 the committee structure and members for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.
Keeneland 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.
Net 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.
Gov. 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.
As 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.
The 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.
Breeders' 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.
Adversaries 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.
Keeneland 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.
A 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.
The 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.
Enhancing 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.
In two days Churchill Downs Inc. sold out all 200 available memberships for its first racing club.
But 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.
Have 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.
OwnerView, 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.
LITTLEPRINCESSEMMA, 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.
A 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.
March 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.
Keeneland 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.
The 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.
Officials 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.
Tax 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Churchill 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.
Kentucky 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.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today released the 2015 Annual Report for its bipartisan federal Political Action Committee, Horse PAC.
Legislation 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.
The Jockey Club announced today that the 2016 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com.
Buoyed 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.
Claiming 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.
Historical wagering at the Red Mile in Lexington, conducted in partnership with Keeneland, enjoyed a fast start in its initial months of operation in 2015.
To 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Lexington 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.
The 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.
A 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.
After 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.
Kentucky 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.
There 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.
Production 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.
For 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.
Compromise 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.
The 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.
In 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??'
Litigation surrounding the license for a Corbin quarter horse racing track continues after an injunction hearing scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.
For 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.
The 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 Council
The 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.
The 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.
Provisions 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.
Important 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.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect officers and members of the Board of Directors.
The 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.
Efforts 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.
At 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.
Before 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.
Lexington 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.
Turfway Park has submitted an application for historical race wagering, according to an agenda for the Dec. 1 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting.
Keith Kaiser gives us a tour of the major changes at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Churchill 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.
Super 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.
Congress 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 Council
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.