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Kentucky Derby Museum Celebrates New Pint-Sized Resident, Tatanka

The Kentucky Derby Museum is celebrating its new companion pony, Tatanka, with a birthday celebration! Tatanka has now taken up residence at the Museum alongside current resident Thoroughbred, Populist Politics. The two are carrying on the Museum’s long-time tradition of having horses on-site for guests to experience when they visit. With no known foaling date, […]

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Churchill Downs Finalizes Purchase Of Presque Isle, Targets Sports Wagering In Pennsylvania

Churchill Downs, Inc. has completed the purchase of Presque Isle Downs, opening the door for the company to take advantage of legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania. CDI bought the Erie racetrack from Eldorado Resorts for just shy of $179 million. The deal was approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Horse […]

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Thayer Files Bill To Fund University of Kentucky, BCTC Equine Programs; Seeks Breeders’ Cup Sponsorship For State

Legislation introduced in Kentucky would make the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program share a portion of the existing excise tax on pari-mutuel wagering it receives with equine programs at the University of Kentucky (UK) and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The legislation also would require Breeders’ Cup to give the state’s Tourism, Arts […]

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Horse Racing Photography Exhibit Opens At Hall Of Fame Jan. 20

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is pleased to present its inaugural Photo Finish juried photography exhibition this winter. The new exhibition will open to the public in the Museum’s von Stade Gallery on Sunday, Jan. 20 and remain on display through March 10. The Museum received 159 photos by 83 photographers […]

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Gaines Trainees Scratched: ‘Hectic Morning’ Translated To ‘Mistake’ In Race-Day Medication

A trio of horses from the barn of Carla Gaines were scratched from their respective races by the Santa Anita stewards on Friday, according to the trainer, because each had been administered a medication called Gastroguard that morning. No medications other than furosemide are allowed on race day. According to Gaines’ Twitter account, the ulcer […]

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Trouble In (Turf) Paradise? Safety Concerns Cause Commissioner Walkout

Concerns about safety at Turf Paradise, including an apparent lack of functional fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in some barns, caused vice chairman Rory Goree to physically walk out of a Arizona Racing Commission meeting on Thursday. According to azcentral.com, the ARC was meeting in part to grant a racing license to Turf Paradise, but Goree’s walkout […]

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British Official: This Year’s Grand National Could Be Wrecked By ‘No-Deal’ Brexit

One of Britain’s most prestigious horse racing events, the Grand National, could be ruined this year if there’s a “no-deal” exit by Britain from the European Union, said Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Gove said if Britain leaves the EU in late March without a deal in place for future relationships with member countries, Irish and […]

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Exercise Rider Severely Injured, Two Horses Killed In Head-On Collision At Fair Grounds

An accident during Monday’s morning training hours at the Fair Grounds resulted in the death of a pair of Thoroughbred racehorses and severe injuries to one exercise rider, Roderick “Roddy” MacKenzie. According to various individuals with knowledge of the situation, an unnamed young horse from the barn of Joe Sharp unseated his rider and took […]

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May 27 Gold Cup Day Highlights Santa Anita Spring Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita’s 2019 Spring Stakes Schedule, which runs from Saturday, April 13, through Sunday, June 23, will offer fans and horsemen a total of 35 added money events, headlined by three Grade I, half million dollar stakes, all on May 27—the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Gamely and the Shoemaker Mile (turf). In all, […]

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Churchill Downs Increases Kentucky Derby Purse From $2 Million To $3 Million

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase to the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky […]

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