River Downs

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family, Friends Take Foley To The Top

Though she loved growing up around the racetrack with her father and her three younger siblings, Vickie Foley wasn’t ready to commit to the lifestyle full-time after high school. She and her siblings had hot-walked and groomed in Michigan and Ohio during the summers, helping their father earn multiple leading trainer titles at River Downs […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Perseverance Of A ‘Gentleman Pirate’

Every horse person has their “heart horse.” It’s that horse for which there is no equal, at least in your eyes. To you, that horse is your absolute one, your favorite beyond all others. It’s a horse that, for whatever reason, you connected with on a deeper level than you even knew was possible.  If […]

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Severe Flooding Along Ohio River Forces Belterra To Close Casino; Racetrack Underwater

Formerly known as River Downs due to its picturesque location directly alongside the Ohio River, Belterra Park has been overwhelmed by floodwaters over the past week. River levels are at their highest in more than 20 years, according to WLWT.com, and Belterra’s casino has been closed since Feb. 19. Aerial drone footage shows that the majority […]

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Longtime Racing Photographer Patrick Lang Passes Away At Age 65

Surrounded by his family and longtime friend John Engelhardt, Patrick Lang died peacefully late Friday afternoon at the age of 65. After more than 30 years of making photos from the finish line, track photographer Pat Lang had hung up his camera three years ago. For over three decades, Lang had devoted his career to […]

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Engelhardt Named Executive Director Of Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders And Owners

John Engelhardt was appointed executive director of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners on Friday.  He has worked in Thoroughbred racing in various capacities for 33 years. “The Board of Directors feel very comfortable with John in this position,” stated O.T.B.O. vice president Tom McCann.  “We believe he will do an outstanding job.  We are […]

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Retired Jockey Steve Neff, Winner Of Over 3,000 Races, Dies

Retired Jockey Steve Neff, who won several riding titles at River Downs and Latonia (now Turfway Park) in the late 1970’s and ’80s passed away earlier this week from complications of emphysema and dementia according to his close friend and former rider Clifton “Skip” Schwing. Neff is listed in the top 100 riders in North […]

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Belterra Park Official ‘Very Disappointed’ With Revenue Numbers So Far

Belterra Park Gaming, which replaced the former River Downs, reopened in May 2014 with great anticipation and much fanfare. One year later, the CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, the track’s parent company, admitted he was “disappointed” in the property. According to an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Belterra Park racetrack and casino brought in $55.2 million […]

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Forever Young: Jockey Ouzts has Banner Day at Belterra Park, Winning Six

Veteran jockey Perry Ouzts continues to astound racegoers at Belterra Park in Cincinnati with his amazing winning ways.  While he is over 50 wins away in front of his closest competitors in the riding colony, he really put an exclamation point on his dominance on Sunday. It started with a rare match race in the […]

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River Downs Reopens as Belterra Park

The former River Downs re-opened its doors this week as Belterra Park. The casino portion of the facility opened a week ago, but the first race card went off on Thursday afternoon. Racing fans reacted generally positively to the new facility according to WKRC Cincinnati, although one noted that Belterra’s accessibility for wheelchairs is reduced […]

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Belterra Park Ready to Raise Curtain on New Facility May 8

The new Belterra Park is on schedule to open for business May 8, according to a report in the Blood-Horse. The racetrack, which was formerly known as River Downs, is owned by Pinnacle Entertainment. The grandstand and clubhouse were demolished in 2013 to make way for a new racing and gaming facility. The portion of […]

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