Trainers: Forgivable loans can cover your payroll for two months

Federal government’s 100% forgivable loans cover eight weeks of payroll and certain expenses – if you keep all your employees Here’s how it works: Congress’ recently passed bills battle against the economic fallout amid the coronavirus public-health emergency. Many, if not most trainers, will qualify for the zero-fee, 100-percent forgivable loans offered to encourage small-business owners to keep their employees […] Continue Reading

Triple Crown late nomination deadline extended; new closing TBD

Churchill Downs press release LOUISVILLE, KY. (Sunday, March 29, 2020) – The late Triple Crown nomination deadline, which was scheduled for Monday, March 30, will be extended to a yet-to-be-determined date later this year. The extension was agreed upon by racing officials at Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Maryland Jockey Club and New York Racing Association. On March 17, Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

Turfway Park cancels last three days of racing because of COVID-19 order

Churchill Downs Inc. press release (Coady Photography photo of Jeff Ruby Steaks winner Field Pass) LOUISVILLE, KY. (Tuesday, March 25, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced the suspension of racing at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. effective immediately, in accordance with the “Healthy at Home” Executive Order 2020-257 issued by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear following public health concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Turfway Park […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs backstretch now to reopen April 14

Churchill Downs update (Coady Photography photo of Mr. Money) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, March 24, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today that it will delay the reopening of its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside until Tuesday, April 14. The decision was made after ongoing consultation with public health officials amid public health […] Continue Reading

Bonny South steps in with Fair Grounds Oaks win for Cox, Juddmonte

Fair Grounds stakes recap (with Hodges Photography photos): (New Orleans – March 21, 2020) – In a victory that held meaning beyond the purse and the points, Juddmonte Farms’ homebred filly Bonny South made a statement and provided an emotional salve when she rallied widest of all down the stretch to prevail in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) […] Continue Reading

By My Standards wins New Orleans Classic year after LaDerby score

Fair Grounds press release New Orleans (March 21, 2020) – The 3-year-olds may have taken center stage on “Louisiana Derby Day” at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, but Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards put on a show in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) run at 1 1/8th miles over the main track rated fast for the marquee […] Continue Reading

Cox dominates closing card as Wells Bayou rolls in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds press release (Amanda Hodges Weir photo above):          New Orleans (March 21, 2020) – As the world is in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fair Grounds’ signature race day unfolded in front of a vacant grandstand, with just horsemen and essential employees allowed on site, and keeping their distance from one another.     […] Continue Reading

New First Saturday in May: Arkansas Derby (for 2020)

An Oaklawn Park press release: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 20, 2020) – Oaklawn announced today that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet. Due to the closing of the casino and racetrack to the public, Oaklawn could have raced […] Continue Reading

$50K claim Dontblamerocket shoots for stars in Muniz

By Alicia Hughes, director of NTRA Communications New Orleans (March 20, 2020) – Timing has a tendency to break one of two ways in Thoroughbred racing, either thrilling horsemen when it lands on the fortuitous side of the equation or testing their resolve when it arrives in the form of hard luck. It is one of the more fitful intangibles […] Continue Reading