KY Derby: Churchill launches ‘Homestretch Sweepstakes’ with Rocket Mortgage

·         Nation’s largest mortgage lender to send 20 sweepstakes finalists to 2019 Kentucky Derby – one will get $250,000 toward a mortgage. ·         Enter sweepstakes now by visiting HomestretchSweepstakes.com  Contest running for limited time; entry period ends April 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET A Churchill Downs press release: DETROIT March 18, 2019 – Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage […] Continue Reading

Hamelback proposes Stewards Advisory Review Committee

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Eric Hamelback, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, is developing a concept he believes would help stewards navigate the increasingly complex world when highly sophisticated testing collides with environmental contamination and the inadvertent transfer of matter to racehorses. Speaking Friday on the last day of programming at the National HBPA Convention at […] Continue Reading

U of L economist on racing research: Have data, will study

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Economist Steven Vickner, an associate professor in the University of Louisville College of Business’ equine industry program, knows the possibilities of cutting-edge research that could help horse racing make smarter business decisions. He just needs the data. So continued the call Thursday at the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association Convention for greater sharing of data and […] Continue Reading

National HBPA Convention Wednesday highlights: We can’t settle for status quo

Video: Thoroughbred Idea Foundation as keynote panel Video: Accessing Our Industry’s Stats into the Future CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — To grow its consumer base and revenue, horse racing must change the way it does business — including giving away free past-performance information that horseplayers use to handicap before placing bets. That belief was expressed repeatedly throughout Wednesday’s first day of […] Continue Reading

TVG’s Hazelton, Gaudet hosting Keeneland’s preview, paddock shows

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (March 14, 2019) – Keeneland and TVG officials today introduced several new initiatives on the racing and sales fronts that further enhance the long partnership enjoyed by the race track and racing network. Beginning with the Thursday, April 4, opening day of the Spring Meet, TVG racing analysts Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton will host “Today […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn: Moquett-trained Whitmore wins third Hot Springs Stakes

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 9, 2019) – Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Skychai’s Somelikeithotbrown dominates Jeff Ruby Steaks

SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN TRIUMPHS IN JEFF RUBY STEAKS AT TURFWAY PARK Bourbonette Oaks Winner Naughty Joker Gives Ward, Bejarano Third Stakes Win on the Day Turfway Park press release March 9, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) –  Somelikeithotbrown set a brisk pace and then turned the corner into a 20 mph headwind but had plenty left to win the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) […] Continue Reading

Derby trail: Colebrook-trained Knicks Go sees to get back on track in Gotham

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Grade 1 winners Knicks Go and Mind Control, along with undefeated California raider Instagrand, headline a formidable field of eight in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham, a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. As part of New York’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, the Gotham offers 50-20-10-5 qualifying points to the first […] Continue Reading

Game Winner again heads KY Derby Future Wager Pool 3; Oaks wager on tap

BAFFERT’S GAME WINNER, IMPROBABLE HEAD KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER  Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Runs Concurrently, Betting Menu Includes Oaks/Derby Future Double LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, March. 5, 2019) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade I-winning duo of Game Winner and Improbable along with last weekend’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) winner Code of Honor are the individual morning line […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Skychai’s Somelikeithotbrown heads Jeff Ruby prospects

Monday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks media notes from Turfway’s PR department: March 4, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – The gate for Saturday’s 48th running of the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park is approaching full, with 11 so far expected to enter. The 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds offers 34 points toward the Kentucky Derby: 20 to the winner, […] Continue Reading