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‘Jumping In With Both Feet’: Jockey Talamo Moving From SoCal To Arkansas, Kentucky

Like fellow veteran Southern California jockey Martin Garcia, Joe Talamo has decided to pick up and move east, seeking more riding and bigger purse opportunities, reports the Daily Racing Form. Talamo tells DRF he plans to arrive in Arkansas for the start of the Oaklawn meeting Jan. 24. From there, he plans to ride on […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Understands Churchill Downs’ Turf Course, Seeks River City Repeat

Flurry Racing Stables’ 12-time winner Mr. Misunderstood will defend his title in Saturday’s $175,000 River City (Grade III) at Churchill Downs as he leads a field of 10 older turf specialists in the 42nd running of the 1 1/8-mile grass race. The River City, which received a $75,000 purse boost for the 2019 renewal, is carded as Race […]

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Jockey Martin Garcia Moving Tack To Midwest From Southern California

Although jockey Martin Garcia rode at Del Mar over the weekend, his agent tells the Daily Racing Form Garcia is leaving Southern California to ride in the Midwest, starting Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Agent Jay Fedor told DRF Garcia, 35, will also ride at Turfway Park and then at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, beginning in […]

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Churchill Downs Calls Off Wednesday Card Due To Cold Weather

An early blast of winter weather late Monday into early Tuesday and below-freezing overnight temperatures has prompted Churchill Downs Racetrack to cancel its live racing program scheduled for Wednesday. Training at Churchill Downs was cancelled Tuesday morning as the track maintenance crew worked to keep the surface from freezing. With temperatures forecast to climb only […]

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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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‘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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Ellis Park Cancels Saturday Card; Charles Town Moves First Race Times Due To Heat

Ellis Park has canceled live racing for Saturday’s card out of precaution given the forecast for extreme heat in the Tri-State area. The track canceled today’s (Friday) card yesterday. The track is optimistic that we can race Sunday. Simulcast wagering on other tracks throughout the country and Ellis Park’s Historical Horse Racing gaming operation will […]

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