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Kentucky Racing Dates Committee: Too Early To Project A Timeline For Return Of Racing

As much as Kentucky horsemen would like to see life get back to normal and horses in a post parade, commissioners say it’s too early to project a return to live racing in the state. “We are unable at this time to suggest a timeline for the reopening of live racing,” said Frank Kling, chairman […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Stories From The Good Ol’ Days

Marilyn Montavon is chock-full of horse racing stories, and none of them are typical – then again, neither is the horsewoman everyone knows as “Fefe.” Her stories rarely have a well-defined beginning, middle or ending. She’s a bit rough around the edges. One story will blend into another several times over before it rolls back […]

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Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs Close Due To Coronavirus; Oaklawn Shuts Casino, Continues Racing

The following statements were released concerning the status of racing and other activity at Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs and Oaklawn Park: Ellis Park Citing the overriding concern for the health and safety of its employees and guests, Ellis Park Racing and Gaming announced today that it will close effective at midnight on Monday, March 16, […]

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Ellis Park Hires Barajas As Track Superintendent; Thompson To Stay On For 70th Year

Javier Barajas, who has tended to horse tracks and courses around the globe, is Ellis Park’s new track superintendent. Glenn Thompson, a veteran of almost 70 years maintaining the track, helped Ellis Park become one of the safest racetracks in the country and will continue to work with Barajas, Ellis management announced. “We now have two of […]

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‘Time To Come Home’: Jockey Tyler Baze Returns To Southern California

As the days during which racing was suspended at Santa Anita mounted up last winter, taking a toll on all horsemen, Tyler Baze was faced with a dilemma. Ride out the storm of troubles in Southern California, his home and base of operations for most of his 20-year career. Or leave the work-less days and […]

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Dennis’ Moment ‘Well Within Himself’ In Bullet Workout At Santa Anita

Each week Albaugh Family Stables’ electrifying 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment seems to work faster while making the exercise look easier on the lead-up to the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Right after Dennis’ Moment worked a half-mile under exercise rider Tammy Fox, trainer Dale Romans wondered aloud what […]

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Returning From Injury, Mena Appreciates ‘Good Shot’ In Breeders’ Cup With Peace Achieved

Peace Achieved is unbeaten in three starts with blinkers and jockey Miguel Mena, a streak his team hopes to continue in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. After two defeats sprinting, the newly-blinkered Peace Achieved impressively won a maiden race at Ellis Park, captured Kentucky Downs’ $500,000 Gainesway Farm Juvenile and in following that […]

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‘Trying To Save Him For Next Year’: Mr. Money Targeting Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Chester Thomas, the two-time Ellis Park leading owner from nearby Madisonville, Ky., had no plans to run his 3-year-old standout Mr. Money in the Breeders’ Cup for much of the year. But plans changed after Mr. Money’s streak of four straight impressive victories in Grade 3 stakes was tripped up in the final strides of […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Best Trackman In The Country’ Still Seeks Perfection At 83

Glenn Thompson never cared much for formal education and said he quit school in the sixth grade. When it comes to life experience, the masterful job he has done caring for Ellis Park’s racetrack for the last 69 years merits an honorary degree from any of the nation’s finest universities. Veteran trainer Larry Jones, three-time […]

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