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

Drury assistant Jose Garcia on ride of life with Art Collector

Assistant trainers are one of the most labor-intensive positions in horse racing. But Jose Garcia, who has worked for trainer Tommy Drury for 22 years, has assumed an additional role as groom for Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass winner Art Collector, now one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby. “He’s an amazing horse,” said Garcia, who on Friday said his […] Continue Reading

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