Ellis Park opening Monday for HHR gaming

Ellis Park press release (photo of training last year at Ellis Park)           HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, June 5, 2020) —Ellis Park will reopen for Historical Horse Racing gaming this Monday at 10 a.m. Central. Following coronavirus safety protocols, the facility will be limited to 33-percent occupancy and every employee and guest will have their temperature measured […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Downs reopening for HHR gaming on Wednesday

A Kentucky Downs press release (photo provides a glimpse of the new spacing  between gaming terminals to allow for social distancing)       FRANKLIN, Ky. (Friday, June 5, 2020) — Kentucky Downs will reopen its Historical Horse Racing gaming on Wednesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. Central. The facility will open at 33-percent capacity and guests will undergo temperature […] Continue Reading

Keeneland requesting July 8-12 summer meet

Editor’s note: Ellis Park currently holds those race dates. But Keeneland brass has been public that they’ve been speaking to Ellis Park about acquiring some dates. It’s extremely implausible that the KHRC would try to oversee racing at two tracks on the same day.  Keeneland press release (Coady photo of Vekoma winning last year’s Toyota Blue Grass) LEXINGTON, KY (May […] Continue Reading

Trainers, attending vets must agree to these CDI rules to race

From Churchill Downs (Coady Photography photo of #9 Gamblin Train winning Churchill allowance) Printable PDF of document CDI Rules and Conditions for Racing and Training As a condition to, and in consideration for the undersigned trainer (“Trainer”) being permitted to race, work, or train any horse at Churchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) and Churchill Downs Training Center (Trackside) the Trainer and the […] Continue Reading

Please read: Churchill Downs safety initiatives in effect this spring

From Churchill Downs (Coady Photography photo: Mr. Money winning the 2019 Pat Day Mile):   Horsemen Notification  Of Equine Safety Initiatives Click here for PDF document There have been several equine safety initiatives that have been implemented for the 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.  Below are the changes and how they affect you. Horsemen-Veterinarian Agreement:  This must be signed and […] Continue Reading

Horses can get into Churchill Downs starting May 11, governor says; Racing still TBD

Churchill Downs press release (Jennie Rees photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 29, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today received approval from state officials to reopen its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside on Monday, May 11 under strict guidelines to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The stable areas will reopen under a […] Continue Reading

Derby, Oaks moved to September pending KHRC approval

Churchill Downs Inc. press release: The 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020. These dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which we expect to receive on […] Continue Reading

Keeneland cancels spring meet due to COVID-19 concerns

LEXINGTON, KY (March 16, 2020) – Keeneland officials today announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued Sunday, March 15, by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and […] Continue Reading

COVID-19 Fallout: No spectators at Keeneland meet until at least April 15

Keeneland COVID-19 Update on 2020 Spring Race Meet and April Sale LEXINGTON, KY (March 12, 2020) – The health and safety of Keeneland’s fans, horsemen, athletes and staff are at the forefront of every decision our leadership makes about our racing, sales and hospitality operations. After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health […] 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