Ron Winchell

Winchell On New Competition For Kentucky Downs: ‘We’re Going To Gear Up’

Reaction from Kentucky Downs’ prospective new owners, Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday afternoon voted 11-3 without discussion to award the license for a harness track and historical horse racing (HHR) operation in Oak Grove, Ky., to a partnership between Churchill Downs and Keeneland, rejecting the applications of […]

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Winchell, Falcone Combine Forces To Purchase Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Racing Acquisition, LLC (“KRA”), a new company co-founded by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, announced Tuesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all the assets of Kentucky Downs from parent company Kentucky Downs Partners, LLC, the investment group that has owned the race track since 2007. Located near the Kentucky […]

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Privman Takes Home Awards For Pair Of 2017 Breeders’ Cup Stories

Jay Privman, national correspondent for Daily Racing Form, won two Breeders’ Cup Writing Awards based on articles from the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The awards were presented at the 59th Annual National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Awards Dinner during the week of the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Privman, of Carlsbad, […]

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Half-Brother To Belmont Winner Creator Tops Sunday’s Trade At Keeneland September

The close of Book 2 at the Keeneland September carried on a continued run of accelerated trade that put the auction on the precipice of surpassing last year’s final gross in just six sessions. With six days in the books, a total of 1,144 horses changed hands for $303,926,700, up 19 percent from the same […]

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Tenfold A ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Winchell, Asmussen Connections

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Gun Runner came to Saratoga last summer and firmly established his Horse of the Year credentials with back-to-back Grade 1 victories in the Whitney and Woodward, two of racing’s most prestigious races for older horses. On Saturday, Ron Winchell will take aim at Saratoga’s premiere prize for 3-year-olds, the Grade 1 Travers, with […]

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‘Getting Better At The Right Time’: Tenfold Records Final Belmont Workout

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify galloped 1 ½ miles Saturday morning under regular exercise rider Humberto Gomez as the colt winds down his preparations for theJune 9 Belmont Stakes (GI). “Every day he’s been training well,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “He’s just full of energy and happy. We […]

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Winchell Seeking First Triple Crown Race Triumph With Improving Homebred Tenfold

David Fiske, who since 1980 has been Winchell Thoroughbreds’ racing and bloodstock manager, came out to Churchill Downs to watch Preakness third-place finisher Tenfold train Monday morning, saying, “I think he looks as good or better than he did before the Preakness. He’s got a great attitude, just wandering around on a loose lead and seems happy to participate.” […]

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Mine That Bird Stakes Winner Reride Will Ship For UAE Derby

Trainer Steve Asmussen told drf.com on Saturday that 3-year-old Reride, winner of the $100,000 Mine That Bird Stakes at Sunland Park in his most recent start, will travel to Dubai for his next start. The Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred, a son of Candy Ride, is being pointed to the UAE Derby on the Dubai World Cup undercard. […]

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Gun Runner ‘Picking It Up Nicely’ In Pegasus Preparations

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner picked up the pace — especially the late pace — in Sunday’s workout at the Fair Grounds, motoring five-eighths of a mile in1:00 4/5 in his preparation for Gulfstream Park’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Saturday, Jan. 27. The time matched the second-fastest of 64 works. According to the Fair […]

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Gun Runner ‘On Schedule’ With Second Timed Work Toward Pegasus World Cup

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner, the favorite to be crowned 2017 Horse of the Year on Jan. 25, had his second timed work Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans in preparation for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) on Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park. Gun Runner worked five-eighths of a mile in 1:02 2/5 with […]

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