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

Churchill Downs buying Turfway Park; racing to go on as scheduled at Northern KY track

A Churchill Downs Inc. press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary NKYRG, LLC (“NKYRG”), it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky from Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International for […] Continue Reading

More than 600 owners, trainers sign letter to protect race-day Lasix

View public letter and list of names on HBPA.org LEXINGTON, KY (Friday, Sept. 20, 2019) – A unified industry group believes banning Lasix will adversely impact the health and welfare of racehorses, as well as the strength of our industry. Today, a letter was released with more than 600 signatures in support of protecting Lasix as a choice for horsemen and […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park to offer average $330K/day in purses; Nine of 11 stakes worth at least $100K

Horsemen: Ellis Park’s Condition Book 1 will be available on Equibase.com (click on link below and then click on Ellis Park) later today or first thing in the morning. http://www.equibase.com/static/horsemen/horsemenareaCB.html      HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, May 23, 2019) — Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the track’s 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record […] Continue Reading

ARCI: Scientists find no link between Lasix and breakdowns

An April 10 press release from the Association of Racing Commissioners International: The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has reported that there is no current science linking furosemide treatments to muscular skeletal issues that may be a contributing cause of equine breakdowns in racing. The group reported to a meeting of the RCI’s Drug […] Continue Reading

Hamelback on announced Lasix ban: Not a safety reform

Statement from National HBPA chief executive officer Eric Hamelback on some tracks’ announced plan to phase-out Lasix: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2019) — As CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (National HBPA) I — along with all HBPA members — am as concerned as any about the recent events in our industry. I firmly believe in […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn barn notes: Rebel Day a smash; Market King awaits another Derby prep

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, with Kentucky horsemen prominent as always: Rebel Day Sets Records Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby update: Taking a look at the Louisiana, Sunland Derbys

Churchill Downs’ weekly Kentucky Derby and Oaks update: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 21, 2019) – No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will‘s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile […] Continue Reading

Casse-trained War of Will to take on 10 in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds press release by Ryan Martin: NEW ORLEANS (March 16, 2019) – A field of 11 sophomores has been set for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ final prep on the Road To The Kentucky Derby – the 106th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on Saturday, March 23. Six weeks out from the Grade I $3 million Kentucky […] Continue Reading

Jeff Ruby Steaks: Curlin Grey finally gets 1 1/8 miles

March 7, 2019 (Florence, Ky.) –  Curlin Grey started his career racing at a mile, quickly moved on to 1 1/16 miles and in the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) Saturday at Turfway Park he will have his chance to take the step trainer Kenny McPeek believes he wants. “He’s begging for a mile and an eighth,” said McPeek, “so I think he’ll like the […] Continue Reading