HBPA: Time to expand KTDF to claiming races (and panel agrees)

(File photo of Senator Damon Thayer courtesy NKY Tribune) FRANKFORT, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 19, 2021) — Expanding purse supplements for Kentucky-breds to include claiming races would shore up the state’s year-round horse-racing circuit, keeping horses and jobs in Kentucky, the leading horsemen’s association told a legislative committee Friday. Rick Hiles, president of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA), […] Continue Reading

Ellis announces plans for Owensboro HRM venue; track upgrades

An Ellis Park press release (photo: rendition of Ellis Entertainment Owensboro exterior): Henderson, KY. (October 26, 2021) – As preparations begin to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Ellis Park Racing and Gaming, Ellis Entertainment has announced plans to open a new historical racing machine (“HRM”) entertainment venue. Ellis Entertainment Owensboro, in Owensboro, Kentucky will include a new 60,000-square-foot racing and […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Downs announces 8% boost on non-stakes races

A Kentucky Downs press release FRANKLIN, Ky. (Monday, Aug. 9, 2021) – Kentucky Downs will have an 8-percent purse increase in its non-stakes races from what was announced previously in the early September meet’s condition book.  Maiden special-weight races for Kentucky-breds will now offer a purse of $135,000; first-level allowance race $145,800 and second-level allowance races $156,600. The increase applies […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park open for training: ‘It’s great for the community’

HENDERSON, Ky. (Monday, May 24, 2021) — Ellis Park’s 2021 racing season is only five weeks away, with the trickle of horse vans and trailers bringing in the racing stock soon to become a steady stream. Western Kentucky’s annual summer race meet opens Sunday June 27 and closes Saturday Sept. 4, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays along with Thursday […] Continue Reading

‘I need this job. It’s my livelihood’

Photos by Joe Clabes. Jeff Greenhill at Turfway Park above        By Joe Clabes        FLORENCE, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021) – As the Kentucky State Senate passed SB 120, Turfway Park horsemen are making their case for the importance of protecting Historical Horse Racing. They say protecting HHR, as it is known, is critical to saving […] Continue Reading

How you can help keep Historical Horse Racing in KY

CALL TO ACTION: WE NEED YOUR HELP If you like running for our current purses, please read the above. We need everyone’s help — and we make it easy — to make sure the Kentucky Legislature understands what is at stake with Historical Horse Racing: Jobs and economic development and tourism dollars.