Newsletter

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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' 2018 Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award doesn't just honor the late founder of Oldham County's Hermitage Farm. This year the prestigious award also recognizes Jones' long-time chief lieutenant: Bill Landes, who has worked for Hermitage for 41 years, including almost a quarter-century as general manager.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
The Illinois Racing Board, despite vocal concerns by horsemen's groups, has advanced rules that would clear the way for historical horse racing terminals at the state's three remaining tracks.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Franklin’s Kentucky Downs racetrack, which has experienced explosive growth both in its Historic Horse Racing machines and its live turf racing held each September, is being purchased by a group that includes Ron Winchell of Lexington’s Winchell Thoroughbreds, owner of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Penn National Gaming announced they will begin two live money sports betting test days at Hollywood Casino. The purpose of the test days is to ensure Hollywood Casino's staff and the equipment that is needed to operate sports wagering is in compliance with requirements.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Some 17 days after deferring a decision, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a special meeting Nov. 16 in which it will again consider awarding a license for a new Standardbred track—along with a lucrative opportunity to offer historical racing in the Nashville, Tenn., market.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Videos of all panels and presentations from the fifth Thoroughbred Owner Conference, including the keynote address by Jon Miller, the president of programming for NBC Sports, are now available at ownerview.com/conference-videos.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the former Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Racinos, like the horses that run there, are ambitious entities. These combination racetrack-casinos promise jobs and economic investment to the cities where they are located, and bring in millions of dollars in revenue for racino owners and in taxes for the state.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
The European yearling market is positively booming. That’s the inescapable conclusion when we examine the returns this year and compare them to the results going back as far as 2010. And it’s not just the top of the market that is carrying the whole show, either. At every level from the elite end to the very bottom, there has been extraordinary growth. It is the kind of growth that would be the envy of almost any other industry.