Good News Friday

Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A Rosier Picture

Excuse me while I put on my rose-colored sunglasses. After all, spring has finally arrived after a long winter in the Bluegrass. The trees lining many Central Kentucky streets and roads are blooming; the bright, green grass is getting taller by the minute, and that annual feeling of optimism has overcome many of us. Call […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘Many Hands’

It’s probably fair to say that for a long time, the racing industry turned something of a blind eye to the fate of its most important asset – the racehorse. Of course, there were people who cared what happened to the horses that could no longer run.  Yes, there were efforts that supported rescue and […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Join the Club

There are schools where riders can learn to become jockeys.  There are continuing education programs for trainers.  But where does one learn about being a racehorse owner? Minnesota’s Canterbury Park has an unique answer to that question. The Canterbury Racing Club is a not-for-profit partnership that gives casual racegoers a taste of ownership while educating […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘Taxi’ and Takeoff

When Magna Fortuna dug in for the start of Race 2 at Hawthorne March 13, the tote board said he was 4-1 odds to win. But if a futures pool existed for such a thing, the odds might have been four million to one that this 3-year-old colt would be alive, let alone anxiously awaiting […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A Ticket to Better Health

You’ve probably never made a connection between the betting slips that litter the floors of racetracks and a trip to the dentist. But there is one. Some of those parimutuel tickets tossed aside happen to be winners, and each year, they total millions of dollars at tracks across the country. In California, half of the […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Holding Court at the Track

With March Madness approaching, even the most die-hard horse racing people in Kentucky and elsewhere will briefly divert their attention from the Derby trail to the longshots and buzzer beaters of the NCAA tournament. But who said you can’t enjoy hoops and horses at the same time? Racetrack Emerald Downs may be creating the perfect […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Making Hay in Time of Crisis

As winter approached, the anxiety at horse farms across America was rising. With farmers still reeling from the worst drought in a quarter century, hay supplies were dwindling and hay prices had increased to record levels.  It appeared many horse owners would struggle to stockpile enough hay for the critical winter months. Even worse, evidence […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘She’s Always With Me’

As the racing world’s attention turns to the Kentucky Derby trail and the parade of graded stakes winners begins galloping across television and computer screens, few will be biting their nails in anticipation of today’s optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park. But trainer Pete Pizzo will head to the Oaklawn paddock with nervous excitement, as […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: ‘Go Baby Go’ for a New Generation

When America’s Best Racing launched last spring, it was met with a mixture of cautious optimism, jaded skepticism, and bewilderment. After all, it seemed racing had tried everything to create new fans and wedge itself back into the mainstream sports and entertainment consciousness, and more often than not, those efforts had found little traction. But […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Shining Up the Eclipse Awards

Some years, the Eclipse Awards are an easy sell to racing followers and industry players.  Who wouldn’t want to experience the suspense of Zenyatta vs Rachel Alexandra or Blame for Horse of the Year? Other years, however, the event has lacked a strong natural appeal and fallen short of truly galvanizing fans and the Thoroughbred […]

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