Pending Kentucky State Budget Would Add Safety Steward, Fund National Testing Lab

A trio of horse racing initiatives appear in the one-year Kentucky state budget approved last week by both the House and the Senate. The budget is currently awaiting the signature of Governor Andy Beshear, who may choose to approve the 20-21 fiscal year budget in its entirety or employ line-item vetoes. The first initiative is […]

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‘Racing Is Secondary Right Now’: Keeneland Cancellation Keeps Rafael Bejarano In California

On second thought, Rafael Bejarano is staying in Southern California. Citing “scarce opportunities,” in Southern California two weeks ago, agent Tora Yamaguchi said the 37-year-old native of Peru would be riding regularly in Kentucky after the Santa Anita Derby on April 4. At that time, Bejarano had four wins from 66 mounts here, but has […]

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Bejarano Shifting Tack To Kentucky After Santa Anita Derby

Rafael Bejarano, a long-time successful fixture on the Southern California circuit, will make a fresh start come April, his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, said Friday morning. “He’s enjoyed his time here, but as of late, opportunities here have been scarce,” Yamaguchi said. “He’ll remain here through the Santa Anita Derby (April 4), then will consider going […]

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Kentucky Racetracks Applaud KHRC’s Adoption Of ‘Meaningful’ Medication Reforms

Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racetracks – Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs – united in their support of the medication reforms adopted Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC). Their passage demonstrates an unprecedented unity among Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing associations and a commitment to continue moving forward on initiatives that further strengthen […]

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Family Man Brian Williamson Hopes To ‘Keep The Momentum Rolling’ In Kentucky

Trainer Brian Williamson began making Churchill Downs his “second home” about four years ago. Now, the Chicagoland-native is finding his best stride in the September Meet with two victories and a narrow runner-up finish with his small string of 10 horses based in Barn 16. “Knock on wood, I have a lot of horses that […]

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Ms Bad Behavior Goes All The Way In Ladies Turf

Sayjay Racing, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard’s Ms Bad Behavior was determined to have the lead at the start of Saturday’s Grade 3 Ladies Turf at Kentucky Downs, and the 4-year-old daughter of Blame never relinquished it to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. Sent off at 7-1, Ms Bad Behavior was ridden over the […]

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Additional Labor Day Card? Kentucky Downs Seeks Two More Race Dates For 2020

Kentucky Downs will run five days in 2019, but the track’s new owners Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone are hoping to score an additional two days during September for the 2020 meet, reports Thoroughbred Daily News.  Senior Vice President and General Manager Ted Nicholson plans to put the request before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission […]

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Wagering At Kentucky Downs Tops $8.4 Million On Opening Day

The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs started off with a total of $8,464,103 wagered on the 10-race card, the record for the opening day and third-highest ever in track history. The all-time record is the $10,039,008 wagered on the second Saturday of the 2018 meet, traditionally the biggest day of the five-day meet. Ranking No. […]

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‘Enthusiam’ For Kentucky Downs Meet Signaled By 236 Nominations For Opening-Day Stakes

Kentucky Downs’ four opening-day stakes attracted a total of 236 nominations, ranging from 53 for the $750,000 Tourist Mile to 70 for the $500,000 Gainesway Juvenile. The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs runs Aug. 31 and Saturday 5, 7, 8 and 12 with 10 turf races each day. First post is 12:15 p.m. Central, with […]

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