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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the track's 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record nine stakes that could be worth at least $100,000 each. Purse money and supplements for Kentucky-bred horses are projected to average $330,000 a day at the 29-date meet that runs June 30 through Labor Day. That's more than double the $155,000 average-daily purses offered only four years ago.

Monday, May 20, 2019
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.

Monday, May 13, 2019
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.

Monday, May 06, 2019
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.

Friday, April 26, 2019
The historical racing facility at Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Ky. helped drive Churchill Downs Inc. to a successful first quarter in 2019. Money from those machines will provide a boost to Churchill Downs' spring meet purses, most notably an increase of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) purse from $2 million to $3 million but perhaps most importantly for the state's racing, an $18 million boost to the meet's overnight purses.

Friday, April 26, 2019
Keeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated jointly announced today that the two industry icons have each committed $100,000 in contributions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This contribution will enable the sponsorship of two Grayson-approved projects. For the initial two years, 2019 and 2020, the funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover's Grayson-funded research project, "Training Programs for Prevention of Fetlock Injury." Projects to be funded in 2021 and 2022 will be determined at a later date.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
A coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced today a new initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021. Coalition racetracks that have signed on to this initiative include all tracks owned or operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and The Stronach Group as well as Del Mar, Keeneland, Lone Star Park and Remington Park, Los Alamitos Racecourse (Thoroughbred), Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs. Taken together these tracks represent 86% of the stakes races assigned graded or listed status in the United States in 2018. The coalition tracks will work diligently with their respective horsemen’s associations and racing commissions towards implementing this effort.

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Churchill Downs Incorporated on Thursday announced significant initiatives to improve safety protocols and procedures ahead of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. These initiatives highlight the company’s strong and ongoing commitment to equine and jockey safety.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Justify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders during today’s KTOB Awards Luncheon at Keeneland. The KTOB recognized 12 other Kentucky-breds at the luncheon, led by Broodmare of the Year Stage Magic, the dam of Justify, and awards were also bestowed upon numerous individuals for their exemplary contributions to the industry.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Churchill Downs Inc., in partnership with Keeneland Association, broke ground April 9 on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical horse racing venue near Oak Grove, Ky. The new facility will be called Oak Grove Racing & Gaming.

Monday, April 08, 2019
Hard Rock International is the new owner of Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky after the track was included in a three-way deal that saw a Cincinnati casino change ownership as well.

Monday, April 08, 2019
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.

Friday, April 05, 2019
The US-Bred 2018 magazine is scheduled to be delivered early next week but the digital version can currently be viewed on the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association website.

Friday, April 05, 2019
Hard Rock International is buying Jack Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park. On Friday, Jack Entertainment announced that it has entered into contracts to sell Jack Casino in Downtown Cincinnati and Turfway Park in Florence to Hard Rock International and VICI Properties for $780 million, pending regulatory approval.

Thursday, April 04, 2019
Republicans and Democrats now agree — there needs to be a congressional review into a rash of horse racing deaths at a California race track. Rep. Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican who co-chairs the Congressional Horse Caucus, will tour the Santa Anita track over the weekend.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
College Scholarship Day offers a free, fun day at the races for thousands of college and university students from Kentucky and beyond. Admission is free with a college ID. Full-time students can either pre-register online or register online day of to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships or a $10,000 Runhappy scholarship and prizes from local vendors awarded after each of the day’s races. Students also will enjoy music, free snacks and prize drawings in Keeneland’s College Zone in the North Terrace.

Monday, March 25, 2019
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.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Kentucky lawmakers approved legislation March 13 that would restore the ability of horseplayers to claim losses against any gambling winnings they claim. The legislation will go to Gov. Matt Bevin (Republican) for his consideration. Legislation approved for tax year 2018 ended the ability of Kentucky taxpayers to deduct gambling losses from reported gambling winnings, an issue first brought to light by BloodHorse.com. The change negatively impacted horseplayers by significantly increasing the amount of money they would have to list as income.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone officially are the new owners and managing partners in Kentucky Downs, finalizing the purchase of the racetrack and year-round entertainment center from the investment group that purchased the facility in 2007. Winchell and Falcone bought Kentucky Downs' assets through their new company, Kentucky Racing Acquisition LLC. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Monday, March 11, 2019
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.

Monday, March 04, 2019
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.

Friday, March 01, 2019
A change in state tax law in Kentucky for 2018 that removed the ability to deduct gambling losses from any gambling winnings income moved a step toward being changed back to the previous standard March 1. A clean-up bill that Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee chairman Christian McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) said aims to address unintended consequences of the state's tax law changes approved for the 2018 tax year reinstated the ability of filers with gambling winnings to claim gambling losses up to the amount of those winnings.

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Track-record high first condition book purses that represent a whopping 46% increase over last year will greet horsemen when the Churchill Downs spring meet opens Apr. 27. The wave of the future has been bolstered by a blast from the past, as a top Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) official explained on Thursday that the purse windfall has been created by a better-than-expected surge in wagering on historical horse race betting machines at the corporation’s nearby Derby City Gaming venue that opened last September.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The Kentucky Senate majority leader said Tuesday he expects lawmakers will correct an "unintended consequence" of last year's tax bill that led to the state taxing gross gambling winnings. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican, said he just learned over the weekend that part of last year's bill changed tax law so that Kentucky would no longer allow gambling losses to be deducted from gambling winnings reported as taxable income.

Monday, February 25, 2019
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.

Friday, February 22, 2019
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today announced payment of more than $14.2 million in breeder awards from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund. Kentucky-bred horses won over 4,000 races across the globe in 2018, which made breeders eligible for these incentive payments. KTBIF horses won in 33 states and four countries - including the Kentucky Derby.

Friday, February 22, 2019
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. It was announced in mid-November that Kentucky Racing Acquisition, LLC, a new company co-founded by Winchell and Falcone, had agreed to purchase all the assets of Kentucky Downs from parent company Kentucky Downs Partners, LLC, the investment group that has owned the racetrack since 2007.

Friday, February 22, 2019
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved $147,000 from the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council fund for a two-year study that aims to develop an affordable test to detect horses that have been given small levels—microdoses—of erythropoietin.

Monday, February 18, 2019
On the heels of an equine influenza outbreak that shut down racing in Great Britain for eight days earlier this month, a handful of show horses have come down with the same virus in Ohio and Indiana. Because the infected horses in the U.K. had raced at two different tracks and had come in contact with several horses that were stabled throughout the country, British racing officials felt it necessary to shut down racing until the situation was under control.

Monday, February 18, 2019
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.

Friday, February 15, 2019
A bill that would legalize wagering on sporting events and earmark tax revenue to Kentucky’s underfunded pension system received a hearing at a legislative committee meeting in Frankfort Wednesday morning. House Bill 175, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, would allow Kentuckians to not just wager on most sporting events around the country, but also set up a regulatory framework for residents to legally play online poker and fantasy sports contests, with the state receiving revenue from taxes, registration fees and licensing fees.

Friday, February 15, 2019
“The NTRA is pleased to collaborate with Dean Dorton to offer this special tax webinar for the horse racing and breeding industry,” said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. “Last year’s sweeping federal tax reform legislation was the first of its kind in more than 30 years and is full of changes best explained by the experienced equine tax accountants at Dean Dorton.”

Monday, February 11, 2019
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.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Historic racetrack Keeneland and live sports lottery game provider EquiLottery Games have reached an agreement to feature races from the 2019 Keeneland Spring Meet as part of the upcoming trial run of Kentucky's Win Place Show, the first daily U.S. lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.

Monday, February 04, 2019
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."

Monday, January 21, 2019
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.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
A well illustrated summary of important points for pasture management. Awareness of appropriate pasture management is a must among horse owners and farm managers.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Plaintiffs AmTote International and Parimax Holdings, both owned by The Stronach Group, and defendants Kentucky Downs, Exacta Systems, and Magellan Gaming have reached a resolution of their existing litigation in Kentucky and Wyoming involving patents in historical racing games, according to a release from Exacta Systems.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
A Kentucky state senator whose professional background includes media and event management positions within the Thoroughbred industry has filed a bill that would redistribute how a portion of the state’s excise tax on horse racing wagers gets used to fund equine education programs at Kentucky’s colleges.

Monday, January 14, 2019
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.

Friday, January 11, 2019
A six-week course covering all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry will be presented at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, beginning Jan. 15. The course, from 5:30-7 p.m. EST every Tuesday through Feb. 19, is sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. The course costs $25. It will be taught by Andreas Branchini, who has worked in the horse industry in five countries for 34 years.

Friday, January 11, 2019
The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million.

Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale–which surged passed its total 2018 gross after its third session Wednesday–concluded Thursday with its highest gross since 2008 and with a record-setting average and record-equaling median.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Questioning a number of actions by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in awarding a Standardbred license in the Oak Grove, Ky. area to a partnership of Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland, Kentucky Downs has appealed the regulator's decision to the Franklin (Ky.) Circuit Court of Appeals.

Friday, January 04, 2019
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers And Broadcasters and Daily Racing Form announced today that finalists for the 2018 Eclipse Awards will be revealed live on Saturday, January 5 at 11:05 a.m. ET from Gulfstream Park on http://gulfstreampark.com , all racetrack outlets carrying the Gulfstream Park simulcast feed, and on XBTV.com.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019
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.

Monday, December 31, 2018
In a decision that backs the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's power to define equine medication thresholds and supports the regulator's absolute insurer rule, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a circuit court ruling and said the KHRC should reinstate penalties against trainer Graham Motion and owner George Strawbridge Jr.

Monday, December 31, 2018
On January 8th, the legislative session will commence in Frankfort, and shall last for thirty staggered days until March. The largest issue facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the accumulated debt of over $40 billion in multiple public employee retirement plans. Much has been written about how Kentucky arrived at this fiscal juncture and consequently there has been consideration and review during the interim by a bi-partisan Task Force on Tax Expenditures, found here of the $5.8 billion in tax expenditures, or exemptions, deductions or credits granted to individuals, select groups or specific activities.

Saturday, December 29, 2018
With NFL fans accustomed to hearing a brief explanation from officials if replay reverses a call on the field, Turfway Park and the stewards at the Northern Kentucky track are going to try a similar approach.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018
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.

Monday, December 17, 2018
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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington, Ky., track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, it was announced today.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission set penalty classifications this week for three new substances after a post-race drug test this fall resulted in a finding for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a constituent of cannabis and industrial hemp plants and the active ingredient in CBD oil. The commission voted unanimously to classify the substance as a Class B drug. Horsemen with a Class B finding are subject to suspension of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $1,000 for first offense.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Keeneland today announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open Thursday, April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be held April 4-26, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), both nationally prominent classic preps set for opening Saturday, April 6.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
According to presentations by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff and representatives of Churchill Downs Inc. at the regulator's Dec. 11 meeting at the Kentucky Horse Park, historical racing games that have not been in line with state regulations at Churchill Downs' Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Ky., will gradually be updated with expected full compliance sometime in February.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
After no significant move forward on a $25 million plan to renovate the grandstand and install historical racing machines, Turfway Park unveiled a less daring plan Dec. 11 that would aim to have 350 machines up and running by June.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has been imposing fines of $1,000 a day on Churchill Downs for violating regulations for its "instant racing" machines at the company's new Derby City facility in Louisville.

Monday, December 10, 2018
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.

Monday, December 03, 2018
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."

Thursday, November 29, 2018
A long-running dispute over the legality of slot-like “instant racing” machines found at Kentucky racetracks may soon wind its way back to the state Supreme Court.

Monday, November 26, 2018
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.

Monday, November 19, 2018
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.

Friday, November 16, 2018
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.

Monday, November 12, 2018
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.

Monday, November 05, 2018
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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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.

Monday, October 29, 2018
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.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
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.

Friday, October 26, 2018
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.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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.

Monday, October 15, 2018
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.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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.

Thursday, October 04, 2018
West Nile Update from Office of Kentucky State Veterinarian - 10/2/18

Wednesday, October 03, 2018
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.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018
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.

Friday, September 28, 2018
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).

Thursday, September 27, 2018
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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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.

Friday, September 21, 2018
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.

Friday, September 21, 2018
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.”

Friday, September 21, 2018
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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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.

Friday, September 14, 2018
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.

Friday, September 14, 2018
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.

Friday, September 14, 2018
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.

Friday, September 14, 2018
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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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.

Saturday, September 08, 2018
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.

Thursday, September 06, 2018
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.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018
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.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018
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).

Thursday, August 30, 2018
The symposium will be organized in a town hall format with sessions focused on: ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND THE CONSUMER

Thursday, August 16, 2018
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.

Friday, August 10, 2018
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.

Thursday, August 09, 2018
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.