kentucky racing

Report: Ellis Summer Meet In Doubt, Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund In Dire Situation

Even as live horse racing in Kentucky resumed in May, a recent meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) revealed the hit the account has taken after three months without on-track wagering and historical horse racing revenues. The Thoroughbred Daily News reported earlier this week that Ellis Park officials may be considering scrapping the […]

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Report: Dates Negotiations Underway As Keeneland Mulls July Meet

Keeneland and Ellis Park are in negotiations to facilitate Ellis handing over some live race dates, allowing Keeneland to run a July meet this year. The Daily Racing Form reports specific dates are still unnamed, but it would not include the full 17 cards Keeneland had been approved to run in April. Keeneland cancelled the […]

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Kentucky Governor Hints An Announcement On Kentucky Racing Could Come Wednesday

In his daily address to Kentuckians on Tuesday evening, Gov. Andy Beshear hinted that an announcement regarding the reopening of Churchill Downs could come as early as Wednesday. Beshear did not provide specifics as to dates for such a reopening, or elaborate on whether that would be the reopening of the track’s backstretch or the […]

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COVID-19 Update: Talks And Proposals But No Resumption Of Racing In Kentucky, California Or New York

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thoroughbred racing remains on hold in three of the most important circuits in the United States, and despite discussions between track and government officials there is no agreement for a start-up date to resume the sport – even without spectactors on-site – in California, Kentucky or New York. On […]

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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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Churchill Downs Moves Stephen Foster, Adds New Stakes Races For Spring Meet

A repositioning of the Stephen Foster to closing day and the creation of a new Stephen Foster Preview Night midway through the meet highlight a record 41-race, $14 million stakes schedule for the upcoming 38-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs that runs April 25-June 27. Additionally, there are seven newly-created stakes races for the action-packed, […]

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More Than $14 Million Awarded To Kentucky Breeders From Thoroughbred Incentive Fund

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announces today the release of the 2019 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF), totaling more than $14.3 million. The incentive fund encourages Thoroughbred horse owners and breeders to conduct business in Kentucky, benefiting the state’s economy and ensuring horse racing remains one of Kentucky’s renowned industries. To qualify for […]

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Turfway Park Simulcasting Closed Wednesday Due To Maintenance Work

 Due to unexpected repairs to its grandstand heating system, Turfway Park will be closed for simulcasting today, Wednesday, Jan. 29. The general office remains open and deliveries are being accepted. The track expects to reopen for simulcasting Thursday, Jan. 30. The live racing schedule, currently Thursday through Saturday, is not affected.

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