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Louisville Equine Industry Grad Jason Barkley Among ‘New Wave Of Trainers’ In Kentucky

University of Louisville graduate Jason Barkley is quickly moving up the training ranks at Churchill Downs as the 30-year-old conditioner leads a “new wave” of horse trainers in Kentucky. “There are a lot of us here in Kentucky that are around the same age and just starting out,” Barkley said. “Guys like Bentley (Combs), Jordan (Blair), Norm […]

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Legendary Ohio Horseman, Basketball Star Jim Morgan, 85, Dies

Thoroughbred trainer James E. (Jim) Morgan may be the greatest horseman many in racing have never heard of, with one of the most interesting sports backgrounds. The first horse race the Kentucky native ever witnessed was the day Dark Star upset the great Native Dancer in the 1953 Kentucky Derby while Morgan was working part-time […]

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Santa Anita To Install Prototype Data-Gathering Technology On Track Maintenance Equipment

During Wednesday night’s “Racing Surfaces” panel discussion hosted by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program, Dr. Mick Peterson revealed he is working closely with Santa Anita in the lead up to the Breeders’ Cup to install new prototypes of data-gathering technology on the track maintenance equipment. The director of the University of Kentucky Ag […]

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2019 Fall Equine Speaker Series Announced At University of Louisville

The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program (EIP), with the support of Horse Racing Nation, invites the public to a free speaker series that focuses on the most current topics in the horse racing industry. “It is important for our program to be a leader in bringing stakeholders together for open dialogues addressing the matters […]

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Jason Barkley Prepares To Saddle First Stakes Starter At Oaklawn

Trainer Jason Barkley is scheduled to saddle his first career stakes starter (Arch Avenue) in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington for 3-year-old fillies, Oaklawn’s first of three major preps for the Kentucky Oaks. Barkley, 29, has already checked off one box this year at Oaklawn, winning last Sunday’s fifth race with Strolling ($8.20). It was Barkley’s […]

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Old Friends’ Michael Blowen Named Galbreath Award Winner

On Jan. 16, former journalist Michael Blowen will be awarded the College of Business Equine Industry Program’s most prestigious award — the John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry. Blowen is the founder of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement sanctuary based in Georgetown, Kentucky. A retired Boston Globe movie critic and arts […]

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New Research Generates A Ten-Fold Increase In Data About Equine Genetic Code

Research led by scientists at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky has produced a more complete picture of the domestic horse reference genome, a map researchers will use to determine the role inherited genes and other regions of DNA play in many horse diseases and traits important in equine science and management. […]

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Hermitage’s Bill Landes Honored As Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman Of The Year

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners’ 2018 Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award doesn’t just honor the late founder of Oldham County’s Hermitage Farm. This year the prestigious award also recognizes Jones’ long-time chief lieutenant: Bill Landes, who has worked for Hermitage for 41 years, including almost a quarter-century as general manager. Landes is […]

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Modeling The Determinants Of Handle: Analysis Of Woodbine Racing Data

On Monday, the University of Louisville College of Business Equine Industry Program released the analytics brief, “Modeling the Determinants of Handle: An Analysis of Woodbine Thoroughbred Racing Data,” by applied economist and associate professor Steven Vickner. Using data for 1,515 races over 165 race days from the 2011 Thoroughbred racing season at the Woodbine Racetrack, […]

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University Of Louisville, Breeders’ Cup Team Up For Communications Course

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, and University of Louisville are collaborating on a new communications course, COMM 510, which is being offered as part of the university’s Fall 2018 curriculum. Designed to provide students with practical experience and industry-level knowledge of the social media and public relations fields, the […]

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