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

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

Bango sets track record in Turfway’s Animal Kingdom

Turfway Park release (Coady Photography photos) Florence, Ky., (March 14, 2020) – Tamaroak Partners’ Bango cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory and set a Turfway Park track record in Saturday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Mayers Electric Company Animal Kingdom Stakes. Bango stopped the clock in a scintillating 1:14.99, setting a record by .36 seconds. The previous record was set by Cielo […] Continue Reading

Saturday’s Jeff Ruby card running at Turfway w no fans (just trainers, owners & family)

FLORENCE Ky., (March 12, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that the Jeff Ruby Steaks race at Turfway Park will run as scheduled this Saturday, March 14. However, amid public health concerns regarding COVID-19, all remaining races of the track’s Winter/Spring Meet through March 28, including Jeff Ruby Steaks race this Saturday, will be conducted spectator-free […] Continue Reading

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

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

Churchill Downs trainers, jockeys finalize winter plans

Churchill Downs media department’s barn notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 29, 2019) – The 2019 racing season at Churchill Downs is entering the final stretch and several local jockeys and trainers have firmed up their winter plans with many staying in Kentucky the month of December to run at Turfway Park. “It’s very exciting with the enhanced […] Continue Reading

Future bright as Turfway Park opens Dec. 4

FLORENCE, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2019) – While construction of Turfway Park’s new facility won’t begin until the spring of 2020, changes that herald a bright future for the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred racetrack are already evident as it opens its 44th holiday meet Dec. 4. The changes result from Churchill Downs Inc.’s purchase of Turfway in mid-October. Most notably, purses for […] Continue Reading

Mark Casse honored with publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom Award

The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2019 Big Sport of Turfdom award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists, will be presented to trainer Mark Casse. Casse, who was born into the business as the son of Norman Casse, an owner, trainer and breeder […] Continue Reading

Former KHBPA president Pete Salmen dies at 81

Obituary for our former president, Pete Salmen: Peter W. Salmen Jr., age 81, died on Thursday, October17, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. Pete was born April 18, 1938 in Hazel Park, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Donna Oak Salmen. He is survived by his children, Peter W. Salmen, III (Rachel), Susan S. Bunning (Mark) […] Continue Reading