Natalie Voss

Kentucky Commission Unanimously Approves Sale Of Turfway To Churchill

At a special meeting convened Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously to approve the change of control for Turfway Park, clearing the way for Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase the track for $46 million. Churchill, operating via its wholly-owned subsidiary, NKYRG LLC, announced the deal last week, noting it was contingent […]

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Specter Of Santa Anita Looms As IFHA Conference Discusses Equine Welfare

Although the spike in fatal breakdowns at this spring’s Santa Anita meet were months ago and thousands of miles away, they were very much on the minds of attendees at the 53rd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities today in Paris. The afternoon of the conference was devoted entirely to equine welfare, with a series of […]

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No Saddle, No Problem For Keeneland Outrider Lavergne

Thursday morning started out like any other for Keeneland outrider Colby Lavergne. He had been out on the track during morning training and was hanging out at the pony barn, untacking and giving baths in the unseasonable heat. Suddenly, Lavergne said, he heard a commotion. A group of paddock schoolers were on their way back […]

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Barn Buddies: Saratoga Kittens Ensure The Best Monday Ever

Although Saratoga closed several weeks ago, its reputation as a cradle of top juvenile talent will continue to build as impressive Spa 2-year-olds move toward the Breeders’ Cup. But this year’s meet was also the site of precocious youth of another kind. Saratoga has always been home to a particularly fine collection of barn cats […]

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‘We Are Very Concerned’: Belmont Fall Meet Fatalities Are Up But Cause Remains Unclear

From a safety perspective, Belmont Park’s fall meet isn’t off to a very good start. In the three weeks since the meet began on Sept. 6, four horses have died in racing, with another three suffering fatal injuries in training. An additional eight are listed as “racing incidents” in the New York State Gaming Commission’s […]

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Carter, Last Man To Ride Man o’ War, Dies At 93

Eugene Carter, Jr., the last man alive to ride Man o’ War, has died at the age of 93. The Kentucky Horse Park, where Carter had worked for more than a decade, confirmed his passing on social media late Tuesday. Carter was at work at the Park through this past weekend, showing retired greats Point […]

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The Whats And Whys Behind Santa Anita’s Nightmare Spring Season

Santa Anita is preparing to launch its fall meet under more scrutiny than ever before. As racing ticks down the weeks to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, some racing fans are still wondering – what happened to cause the much-publicized spike in equine fatalities last spring, and what’s the thinking behind the policies the track put […]

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Jason Beem’s Racing Life Has Seen Highs, Lows, And A Twitter Joke That Went Viral

You may know Jason Beem as the part-time announcer at Monmouth Park, or from the recently-ended Colonial Downs meet. Or, you may know him for his weekly racing podcast, broadcast first from BetAmerica and now by TwinSpires. Or possibly you’ve read his debut novel Southbound which he’s currently converting into a movie script. But it’s […]

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It’s A Woman’s World At Colonial Downs

Several months into her new job as vice president of racing operations, someone drew Jill Byrne’s attention to something unusual about the management structure at Colonial Downs: an awful lot of top spots at the Virginia racetrack’s recent meet were filled by women. “It’s funny — I look at it as yes, it’s a dominant […]

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Colonial Downs’ Resurgence Good News For Barrel Racers?

The Thoroughbred farms and breeding businesses in Middleburg and Charlottesville, Va., weren’t the only equine operations hoping for an economic boost from the new season at Colonial Downs. The return of flat racing to the Virginia track has also fueled economic development elsewhere in New Kent County.  For Holly Alexander and business partner Stella Follett, […]

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