kentucky horse racing

‘More Opportunity Here’: Talamo Moves Tack To Arkansas/Kentucky Circuit

The Southern California invasion is underway at Oaklawn and among the big names already on the grounds in advance of the Jan. 24 opening is jockey Joe Talamo. Talamo’s resume includes an Eclipse Award as the country’s top apprentice jockey in 2007, a Breeders’ Cup triumph in 2009 and 2,003 victories and more than $100 […]

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Kentucky Committee Propels Forward Bill To Allow Sports Betting At Racetracks

A bill that would allow sports betting in Kentucky was amended Wednesday and advanced in the State House by the Licensing and Occupations Committee. The legislation, House Bill 137, would permit sports gambling at racetracks, the Kentucky Speedway and online in Kentucky. In Wednesday’s action, the bill was changed to allow betting on the sports […]

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Trainer Anna Meah Moving Stable From California’s ‘Uncertainty’ To Kentucky

The Daily Racing Form reported this week that new trainer Anna Meah is planning to move most of her 20 horses to Kentucky in roughly two months due to several factors, including ongoing “uncertainty surrounding California racing.” Meah told the Form’s Steve Andersen that most of her clients are based in the East Coast and […]

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Churchill Downs Receives Approval For 5,500 Additional Historical Racing Terminals

This Tuesday, the Daily Racing Form reported that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved Churchill Downs’ proposals to install an additional 5,500 historical racing terminals. At Churchill’s newly-purchased Turfway Park, the commission approved the installation of up to 2,500 new machines, while the other 3,000 will be split between the company’s Louisville-based Derby City Gaming and […]

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‘A Lot Of Pictures’: Turfway Park Trainer Gary Johnson Captures 1,500th Career Win

Trainer Gary Johnson scored his 1,500th career win Tuesday when Sheswildnfree cleared the field by 4 1/4 lengths in the first race at JACK Thistledown Racino. Jose Bracho Jr. was aboard for the milestone ride. “You really don’t think about [milestones] until they happen,” Johnson said. “It’s a lot of pictures, that’s for sure, a […]

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Kentucky Downs Set For Three-Phase Expansion, Will Double Gaming Operation

With preliminary approval from the Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission, Kentucky Downs this fall will embark on its largest construction project since the track opened in 1990. The first of three phases will add 18,000 square feet with an estimated investment of approximately $25 million. The new building will feature more gaming as well as more […]

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CDI Announces Agreement To Buy Turfway Park For $46 Million, Will Withdraw Plans For New Latonia

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) announced today that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary NKYRG, LLC (“NKYRG”), it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky from Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International for total consideration of $46 million in cash, subject to certain working capital […]

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CDI Announces Intent To Apply For Turfway’s Dates, Construct New Track In Northern Kentucky

Following a report from the Daily Racing Form Thursday, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to apply for winter racing dates currently held by Turfway Park. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will make a determination about date applications by Nov. 1. Turfway has drawn criticism from the commission over the slow progress of its renovations and […]

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‘A Massive Future’: Ellis Park Meet’s Bottom Line Showcases Potential

The end of Ellis Park’s 2019 highly successful race meet — which saw wagering increase 21 percent over 2018 and purses paid to horsemen go up 30 percent — conjures bigger visions for 2020. Ken Mimmack, manager of new owner Ellis Entertainment LLC, was mesmerized by the huge crowd that turned out Sunday for Kids Day. “While Ellis […]

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Kentucky Downs Moves First Post Times Back An Hour For Upcoming Meet

Kentucky Downs is moving the starting time for its first race to 12:15 p.m. Central, up from the 1:25 p.m. in recent years. America’s most unique race meet runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12 over the all-grass track on the Tennessee border. “It just makes sense for a variety of reasons,” […]

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