Churchill to invest $5.6M in Tapeta surface at Turfway

Churchill Downs Inc. press release FLORENCE, Ky., (Feb. 18, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today plans to invest $5.6 million to replace the existing track at Turfway Park (“Turfway”) with a new Tapeta synthetic track, one of the world’s leading surfaces for racing and training, through an agreement withTapeta Footings, Inc. (“Tapeta”). The removal of Turfway’s […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby trail: Silver Prospector mines gold in Southwest

Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photos) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Ed and Susie Orr’s Silver Prospector rebounded from a fourth in the opening day Smarty Jones Stakes to secure his position as a leading Kentucky Derby contender with a one-length victory in Monday’s $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) before a crowd of 19,500. Silver Prospector broke […] Continue Reading

Look it up! Bayakoa goes to Go Google Yourself

Oaklawn Park media release HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Go Google Yourself wore down 6-5 favorite Whoa Nellie in the final strides to win Monday’s $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3). Making her first start since a runner-up effort in the Falls City Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs last November, Go Google Yourself broke on […] Continue Reading

Warrior’s Charge takes Oaklawn’s $500K Razorback

Oaklawn Park press release HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Ten Strike Racing and Madakat Stable LLC’s Warrior’s Charge kicked off his 4-year-old campaign with an impressive, hard-fought victory in Monday’s $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) before a crowd of 19,500. Breaking from post 6 under jockey Florent Geroux, Warrior’s Charge broke on top and never looked back as […] Continue Reading

Nominations open for Ky Oaks Day Survivors’ Parade

Churchill Downs Continues Partnership with Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute to Support Women’s Health in the Local Community  Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday, February 17, 2020) – Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute today opened the online nomination process to select 146 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to participate in the Survivors Parade presented by […] Continue Reading

Derby trail: Answer In favored in Oaklawn’s $750K Southwest

Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo of Answer In’s maiden win) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020) – Brad Cox had a plan and the high-percentage trainer will find out Monday afternoon at Oaklawn if that plan is successful when he sends out lightly raced Answer In in the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 […] Continue Reading

Ward sweeps Turfway Park’s 3-year-old stakes

Turfway Park press release Florence, Ky., (February 14, 2020) – Both stakes for 3-year-olds Friday at Turfway Park went into the win column of trainer Wesley Ward, with Invader taking the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial (listed) and Karak obliterating her competition in the $75,000 black-type Cincinnati Trophy. Jockey Albin Jimenez contained Invader as long as he could, but once let […] Continue Reading

Nadal, Tiz the Law head KY Derby Future Wager 2

(Photo of Nadal winning the Holy Bull by Benoit Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020) – With the Kentucky Derby 12 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 2-1 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) with San Vicente (GII) winner Nadal and Holy Bull (Grade III) […] Continue Reading

Reminder: All new horse ‘tattoos’ now will be digital

A TRPB release distributed by the National HBPA: Following the recent introduction of a new Digital Tattoo system to identify Thoroughbreds, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) plans to continue its educational efforts throughout the country to ensure that regulators and operators of small racetracks and fair meets are taking steps to adopt the new process. “Digital Tattoos are the […] Continue Reading

Indiana Grand’s GM Jon Schuster passes at 61

Very sad to hear about the death of Indiana Grand’s vice president and general manager Jon Schuster. Here is the obituary: Jonathan Blair Schuster, 61, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his residence. Born September 5, 1958 in Brazil, Indiana, he was the son of William Schuster & Rosemary (Rohloff) Schuster. He married Janie (Scott) Schuster on […] Continue Reading