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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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Churchill Downs, Keeneland Break Ground On Oak Grove Racing & Gaming Venue

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN), in partnership with Keeneland Association (“Keeneland”), broke ground today on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical horse racing venue in Oak Grove, Kentucky. CDI and Keeneland also unveiled the name and branding for the venue, which will be called Oak Grove Racing & Gaming. The new facility will […]

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Win Place Show: Lottery Game Based On Horse Racing Debuts In Kentucky

The Kentucky Lottery has launched a limited pilot program of the game Win Place Show, the first-ever daily lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. Players can purchase the $2 Quick Pick tickets at one of the 45 retailers now offering the game on a limited basis. Each ticket lists three numbers […]

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Kentucky Downs Boosts Turf Cup Purse to $1 Million

Kentucky Downs will stage its first $1 million race in track history with the Grade 3 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup getting a $250,000 purse increase. The 28th running of the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, one of five stakes on Sept. 7, will offer a $550,000 base purse available to any horse running and […]

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Historical Racing Machines Supercharge Churchill Downs Spring Meet Purses

Record prize money for horsemen will be distributed at Churchill Downs’ 145th Spring Meet thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming. The first condition book, which covers the first half of the 38-day Spring Meet at the Louisville, Ky., track, was released Wednesday, and purses for the 189 offered races […]

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Kentucky Horseplayers Caught Off Guard By State Tax Law Changes

A measure enacted last year in Kentucky could hit the wallets of bigger horseplayers in a significant way this tax season. Blood-Horse reporter Frank Angst details how a tax law update from Jan. 1 2018 did away with the itemized deduction that allowed bettors to claim gambling losses against winnings, up to the amount of […]

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Cold Forces Turfway Park To Call Off Thursday Night Card

Due to extreme cold, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 31. The track remains open for simulcasting but will close at 6 p.m. The Homestretch restaurant is closed for seating and service; the concession stand remains open. Live racing is expected to resume Friday as scheduled.

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