Keeneland Spring Meet Shows Slight Declines In Attendance, Wagering

Keeneland concluded its 2019 Spring Meet on Friday with robust attendance and wagering results driven by outstanding racing with full fields of top-quality horses. The Spring Meet also featured distinctive special events to benefit the local community and horse industry as well as enhanced food and hospitality offerings. For the first time in 60 years, […]

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Maximum Security ‘Just Maintaining’ In One-Mile Work At Palm Meadows

Florida Derby winner Maximum Security breezed toward the Kentucky Derby on Sunday, steadily cruising through a mile at trainer Jason Servis’ Palm Meadows base in Southern Florida. The colt was given an official time of :42.00 for three furlongs. “It was a spectacular morning here, 59 degrees and crystal clear,” Servis told “He went […]

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‘There Is No Guarantee’: Scollay Urges Kentucky Racing To Learn From Santa Anita

The 23 deaths at Santa Anita have cast a grim spectre across the horse racing industry, and the fatal injury of Cathedral Reader at Keeneland during Saturday’s G1 Madison Stakes may move Kentucky into the same spotlight. “California racing is having an existential crisis, and I think we all need to look closely and say, […]

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Thayer Working To Correct ‘Unintended’ Tax On Kentucky Gambling

Senator Damon Thayer (Republican) told the Courier-Journal on Tuesday that he is working to correct the “unintended consequence” of a Kentucky state tax law which currently requires gamblers to pay taxes on their gross gambling winnings, rather than the net, as it had been done in years past. To fix the issue, Thayer is working on […]

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“Equus: Story Of The Horse” To Debut On PBS

A new two-part series from PBS explores the age-old relationship between man and horse. “Equus: Story of the Horse” follows this partnership that has allowed man to explore and conquer faraway lands. Anthropologist Niobe Thompson shows viewers through striking 3D reconstruction and videos how this relationship has evolved. Filmed in Mongolia, Kentucky, Saudi Arabia, Montana, […]

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A Very Muddy Christmas: Working Through A Kentucky Winter

I started leasing my own property in July of this year, with a delightfully old-fashioned four stall barn and two spacious paddocks just outside of Louisville. I have two horses of my own, a big off-track Thoroughbred and a 21-year-old pint-sized Arabian. A friend also boards her similarly-sized Quarter Horse mare in the field with […]

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Sports Betting In Kentucky? Legalization Could Come As Early As 2021

Researcher Chris Grove, with the consultant group Eilers & Krejcik, has predicted that sports betting in Kentucky could go live as early as 2021, according to A pair of Kentucky legislators have pre-filed sports betting bills, and a bipartisan, bicameral task force is examining the issues of oversight and additional tax revenue. “The important thing to […]

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Doyle ‘Set The Bar High’ At Arlington, Finished Strong As Third-Leading Rider

Jockey Sophie Doyle came into the 2018 meet at Arlington International Racecourse with a plan. With the racing season wrapping up, everything went according to said plan for the 31-year-old rider. Doyle was a new face in the jockey’s room at the beginning of the meet but had spent the spring at Hawthorne Race Course […]

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Kentucky Downs: ‘No Other Horseplaying Experience Is Like It’

Gary West is a Kentucky Downs analyst and nationally acclaimed turf columnist and handicapper who helped pioneer pace figures. You’ve no doubt heard, sensing an unmistakable pride in the pronouncement, that Kentucky Downs is unique, owing largely to its 1 5/16-mile turf course, which from the air must look like a giant pear. As uniqueness […]

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