kentucky horse racing

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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Still Time To Enter Kentucky Downs Twitter Contest And Win VIP Trip

Racing and sports enthusiasts, as well as those wanting to experience a slice of Americana in a memorable setting, have a week left to enter Kentucky Downs’ #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest on Twitter for the chance to win a VIP trip to America’s most unique race meet. The contest concludes July 31. Kentucky Downs’ 2019 […]

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Churchill Downs: Record Purses, Bigger Fields Among Spring Meet Highlights

In the face of a fiercely-debated Kentucky Derby result that triggered national conversation for weeks, Churchill Downs Racetrack delivered all-around positive results – from record prize-money for horsemen to large fields, high-quality participants and bigger payouts for bettors – during its 145th Spring Meet, which concluded an action-packed, nine-week run on Saturday, June 29. Thanks to […]

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Kentucky State Vet: Horses From Delaware Park Banned During Strangles Outbreak

Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant to the Office of the State Veterinarian in Kentucky, distributed the following statement to veterinarians and others in the wake of a strangles diagnosis in a case at Delaware Park: Published reports on Sat 6/29 provide information that a horse stabled on the grounds at Delaware Park was diagnosed with […]

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‘I Feel So In Tune’: Jockey Chantal Sutherland Ready To Tackle Kentucky Racing At Ellis Park

Chantal Sutherland, who will ride at Ellis Park for the first time this summer, became the first female jockey to win California’s prestigious Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, capturing those races in 2011 and 2012, respectively, on Game On Dude. Sutherland also finished second in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the […]

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Preakness, Belmont-Winning Trainer Casse ‘To Focus More On Kentucky’

Mark Casse, winner of the 2019 Preakness Stakes with War of Will and the Belmont with Sir Winston, will have a string of horses stabled at Ellis Park this summer for the first time in more than a quarter century. Ellis Park runs June 30 through Labor Day, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as […]

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‘Always See Something New Every Day’: Trainer Merrill Scherer Approaches 80

Merrill Scherer is only a few weeks away from his 80th birthday but the lifelong horseman with more than six decades of experience in the sport continues to show a sharp eye for conditioning horses. “I’ve done a lot and seen a lot in this game but you always see something new every day,” Scherer said as […]

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Kentucky Downs Condition Book For 2019 Meet Now Available

Kentucky Downs’ 2019 condition book — the booklet spelling out the races and their eligibility conditions for which the track will take entries and create its racing programs — is now at kentuckydowns.com and Equibase.com and will be out in print shortly. Printed copies will be mailed to Kentucky Downs’ extensive horsemen’s list and also can be requested by […]

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