Angel Montano: An appreciation of a life well-lived

“What he has done, I don’t think will ever be repeated.” – Rick Fischer Angel Montano’s funeral service is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs (mailing address: 3131 S. 2nd St. #389 Louisville, KY 40208). LOUISVILLE, Ky. […] Continue Reading

Bejarano, Leparoux joining Ellis Park jockey colony

Story and videos by Jennie Rees, Ellis Park publicity (Coady Photography photo above of Julien Leparoux winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Dogwood on Four Graces)  Rafael Bejarano on returning to Kentucky, Ellis Park Rafael Bejarano on uniting with agent, mentor Julio Espinoza Julien Leparoux on why he’s staying in Kentucky this summer HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 25, 2020) — Rafael Bejarano and […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs delays opening stable area until at least May 5

(Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 23, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today that it must delay the reopening of its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside to at least Tuesday, May 5. Churchill Downs officials are in ongoing discussions with state and local officials and public health experts about reopening […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs delays stable area opening until April 28; meet start TBD

Churchill Downs press release (A set of Eddie Kenneally-trained horses wait to go on the track last fall. Jennie Rees photo): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 7, 2020) – After consultation with local and state public health officials amid public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today that it will extend the delay in the reopening of its stable […] Continue Reading

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