Keeneland’s first week of sale concludes with pair of $1M colts

Photo above: Hip #874, a son of Into Mischief who was sold for $1 million Thursday at Keeneland. (Keeneland photo) For Immediate Release Click here for a video of Hip 874, a $1 million Into Mischief colt Click here for a video of Hip 1022, a $1 million Street Sense colt  Sale of Two Million-Dollar Colts Concludes Powerhouse Week 1 […] Continue Reading

Asmussen sends out Stellar Tap, Guntown in G3 Iroquois

Photo above: Guntown, shown winning an Ellis Park maiden race on Aug. 13, is one of two horses Steve Asmussen will run in Saturday night’s $300,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Sept. 17, 2021) – Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen arguably recorded one of […] Continue Reading

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes, penned by Kevin Kerstein (Photo: John Asher’s family. Churchill Downs/Coady Photography   Download video/audio files of today’s John Asher/Matt Winn statue unveiling here:  STELLAR TAP MADE 3-1 FAVORITE FOR SATURDAY’S IROQUOIS STAKES TO KICK OFF ‘ROAD TO KENTUCKY DERBY’ LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021) – L and N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds’ 5 ¼-length […] Continue Reading

David Richardson – man of many roles in racing – passes

We have recently lost so many champions of horse racing, this morning hearing the sad news of the passing of Dr. David Richardson. Racing has lost a true friend, a man who understood all aspects of the industry, from owning and breeding horses to betting them. He served on many industry boards and organizations, including being a past member of […] Continue Reading

B. Wayne Hughes – visionary who restored Spendthrift to prominence — passes away at 87

A Spendthrift Farm press release (photo courtesy Spendthrift Farm): LEXINGTON, Ky. – We are very saddened to report the passing of B. Wayne Hughes ,who died peacefully today in his home at his beloved Spendthrift Farm with loving family by his side. The longtime horse racing visionary and leader – best known within the industry for returning Spendthrift to prominence […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Downs announces 8% boost on non-stakes races

A Kentucky Downs press release FRANKLIN, Ky. (Monday, Aug. 9, 2021) – Kentucky Downs will have an 8-percent purse increase in its non-stakes races from what was announced previously in the early September meet’s condition book.  Maiden special-weight races for Kentucky-breds will now offer a purse of $135,000; first-level allowance race $145,800 and second-level allowance races $156,600. The increase applies […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park runner gives Asmussen record-tying 9,445th win

Photo: Ellis Park assistant trainer Darren Fleming, holding sign, saddled the record-tying winner for boss Steve Asmussen’s 9,445th victory. Coady Photography HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, Aug. 6, 2021) — Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen tied the late Dale Baird as North America’s winningest thoroughbred trainer as long-time client Mike McCarty’s 4-year-old colt Shanghai’s Dream captured Ellis Park Racing’s sixth race Friday. […] Continue Reading

‘D. Wayne & Dale: A Conversation’ – Don’t miss this free event Saturday, Aug. 14 at Ellis Park!

(Above: D. Wayne Lukas at Ellis Park. Jennie Rees photo) HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, Aug. 6, 2021) — Tri-State horse-racing and sports enthusiasts can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience watching legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas and Kentucky stalwart Dale Romans exchange stories, interview each other and take questions from the public on Saturday Aug. 14 at Ellis Park. “D. Wayne and Dale: […] Continue Reading

KyHBPA College Day July 25: Drawings for $1K, iPad mini after each race

COLLEGE IS IN SESSION SUNDAY AT ELLIS PARK! Drawings for $1,000, iPad mini after every race to a full-time college student. Two-, four-year, graduate, vocational, technical, barber school etc. accepted. Incoming freshmen eligible. Must be present to win. Current college I.D. or letter of acceptance required to register. Must show driver’s license upon request. The final giveaway is separate drawing […] Continue Reading

KyHBPA College Day July 25: $1K scholarships, iPad mini giveaways

COLLEGE IN SESSION SUNDAY AT ELLIS PARK! Drawings for $1,000, iPad mini after every race to a full-time college student. Two-, four-year, graduate, vocational, technical, barber school etc. accepted. Incoming freshmen eligible. Must be present to win. Current college I.D. or letter of acceptance required to register. Must show driver’s license upon request. The final giveaway is separate drawing for […] Continue Reading