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

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.