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Chester Thomas, John Ortiz, Sen Schickel on KY Racing Spotlight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, December 16, 2021) — Horse owner Chester Thomas, trainer John Ortiz and Kentucky State Senator John Schickel are this week’s featured guests on Kentucky Racing Spotlight presented by the Kentucky HBPA this Friday from 6-7 p.m. ET on Louisville’s ESPN 680 AM/105.7 FM.

Thomas, who campaigned multiple stakes-winners Mr. Money and By My Standards, lives in Hanson, Ky., which while being spared by last week’s horrific tornados is in close proximity to the devastation throughout Muhlenberg County and Dawson Springs.

Ortiz — who began training in 2016 and is stabling for the winter in Kentucky and Arkansas — is off to a strong start at Oaklawn Park. His three wins out of 11 starts include $40,000 claim Hollis upsetting heavy favorite Nashville in an Oaklawn allowance race. Ortiz has Mr Dumas in Saturday’s $100,000 Prairie Bayou at Turfway Park and Huge Bigly in Oaklawn’s $200,000 Tinsel Stakes.

Program co-hosts Joe Clabes and Jennie Rees also will speak with Kentucky State Senator John Schickel of Union. Schickel, a huge racing fan whose hometown track is Turfway Park, was the sponsor of the successful legislation protecting historical horse racing at the state’s horse tracks.

In addition to airing on n ESPN 680-AM/105.7 FM, the region’s sports-talk leader, Kentucky Racing Spotlight will be streamed live at espnlouisville.com, on the ESPN 680 app and the TuneIn and iHeart apps. The replay will be available on espnlouisville.com under the podcasts tab.

Kentucky Racing Spotlight is sponsored by the Kentucky HBPA, Louisville Thoroughbred Society, Northern Kentucky Tribune and Davis Innovation.

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Previous shows

Dec. 10: KY Senator Damon Thayer, Louisville Thoroughbred Society’s Gene McLean and retiring jockey Robby Albarado.

Dec. 3: Horse owner Mike Mackin of Lucky 7 Stable, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and Horse Racing Nation’s Ed DeRosa.

Gene McLean takes Jennie on a tour of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society

LTS video: Part 1

LTS video: Part 2 

Jennie Rees is a communications and advocacy specialist in the horse industry who spent 32 years covering horse racing for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal before taking a corporate buyout. In addition to handling communications for the Kentucky HBPA, Rees is Kentucky Downs’ publicity director, manages in-season racing publicity for Ellis Park and serves as a consultant to the National HBPA. Other projects include the Preakness Stakes, Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby Week and work for various HBPA affiliates and horsemen’s associations.