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

TAA issuing $1.7 million round of grants early to aftercare facilities

April 2, 2020 statement from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance president John Phillips: “Amid a global crisis, even one that closes the doors to many businesses, horses still need care. “Thanks to our supporters, industry partners, sustainable funding programs, and rigorous financial discipline throughout our history, the TAA is able to continue its mission of accrediting and funding aftercare organizations, even during […] 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

Retired Racehorse Project offering free online horse listings during COVID-19 crisis

Message from the National HBPA: The Retired Racehorse Project has temporarily made its online Horse Listings of thoroughbreds free for all to use during the COVID-19 crisis, with recent track closures and cancellation of race meets across North America. With recent track closures and cancellation of race meets across North America in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, some horsemen […] Continue Reading

Ward nips Maker for Turfway title by winning last race of truncated meet

Turfway Park press release Florence, Ky., (March 26, 2020) – The last race on what became the last day of the Turfway Park 2020 winter/spring meet and the last at the existing facility put Wesley Ward alone at the top of the standings for his fourth leading trainer title at the Northern Kentucky track. Ward broke a tie with Mike […] Continue Reading

National HBPA shares COVID-19 guidelines

Memo from National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback re: COVID-19 Guidelines To: HBPA AFFILIATES AND MEMBERS From: The National HBPA Subject: COVID-19 – Equine Facilities and Activities The public health threat presented by COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, is impacting all of the United States. The equine industry is not immune and we all need to take the proactive steps for our agricultural […] 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 Twinspires.com 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