Celebration of Tom Conway’s life Monday 4-7p at Derby Museum

(Keeneland photo of Tom Conway, right, and his son Jack after they won the 2010 Toyota Blue Grass with 40-1 shot Stately Victor) A celebration of life for prominent Louisville attorney and horse owner Tom Conway —  whose many roles including being a board member of the Kentucky HBPA — will be held Monday, Sept. 27,  from 4-7 p.m. ET […] Continue Reading

David Richardson – man of many roles in racing – passes

We have recently lost so many champions of horse racing, this morning hearing the sad news of the passing of Dr. David Richardson. Racing has lost a true friend, a man who understood all aspects of the industry, from owning and breeding horses to betting them. He served on many industry boards and organizations, including being a past member of […] 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’s 2021 meet: Record purses, two new 3yo turf stakes

(Photo: The Brad Cox-trained Factor This, with Shaun Bridgmohan up, won Ellis Park’s 2020 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup for the second straight year. The 1 1/4-mile stakes gets a $25,000 purse increase to $125,000 this year. Coady Photography) HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, Aug. 25, 2021) — Ellis Park is back on track to offer record purses while adding two new […] Continue Reading

Orseno: Let’s set record straight on Imprimis

(Coady Photography photo above of victorious Bound for Nowhere and Imprimis (#2 on rail) coming to the wire of Keeneland’s Grade 2 Shakertown.) Statement from trainer Joe Orseno: Published reports and social media have had some incorrect information about what did and didn’t happen to my horse Imprimis, who finished second by a nose to Bound for Nowhere in Keeneland’s […] Continue Reading

She’s baaaack! Ky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil returns in Azeri

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo of Shedaresthedevil winning the Kentucky Oaks under Florent Geroux): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 11, 2021) – Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil, a finalist for an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2020, will make her seasonal debut in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares Saturday […] Continue Reading

EHV1 update from Rusty Ford

Horsemen: This memo was sent out by Rusty Ford, the equine operations consultant for Kentucky’s office of the state veterinarian in the Department of Agriculture. Subject: EHV1 UPDATE 3/11/21 EHM Confirmed Case KY Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been confirmed in a 3yo thoroughbred filly in Woodford County, Kentucky. The filly reportedly had a fever on Saturday, and was referred […] 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.

Regulators’ organization asks who will pay for costs of federal bill

A press release from the Association of Racing Commissioners International: ARCI: FINANCIAL IMPACT AND IMPLEMENTATION DETAILS SHOULD BE KNOWN BEFORE FINAL PASSAGE OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION Expressing concerns about undefined cost mandates and implementation issues associated with S.4547, the proposed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) believes Legislators should require more information about […] Continue Reading

Keeneland, Ky Downs owners team up for harness track, HHR in eastern Kentucky

Keeneland press release (Photo: Kentucky Downs co-owner Ron Winchell) LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 21, 2020) – Keeneland and the majority owners of Kentucky Downs announced today their filing of an application for a racing license and proposed construction of a state-of-the-art racing facility and related track extension in Kentucky to be located in Corbin and Williamsburg, respectively. The proposed facilities will […] Continue Reading