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

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