kentucky racing

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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Turfway Park: Holiday Meet Sees Boost To 10-Horse Average Field Size

Turfway Park closed out its 16-day holiday meet December 31, 2019, the track’s first race meet as a property of Churchill Downs Incorporated. With purses virtually twice those of the previous holiday meet, average field size jumped from 8.6 in 2018 to 10.2.  The entry box expanded under interest from trainers new to Turfway, including […]

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Keeneland Boosts Makers 46 Mile, Other Stakes Purses For Spring Meet

Keeneland today announced its 2020 Spring Meet stakes schedule, which features 18 stakes anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) and is worth a season record $4.8 million in purse money. Purse increases highlight the Spring Meet, to be held April 2-26, with the Maker’s 46 Mile […]

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Longtime Churchill Track Superintendent Butch Lehr Hired At Kentucky Downs

Raymond “Butch” Lehr is Kentucky Downs’ new track superintendent, enlisted to oversee the care of America’s most unique turf course following the retirement of Ron Moore. Lehr became one of the industry’s most-respected and best-known track superintendents during his 30 years in that post at Churchill Downs, where he worked for 46 1/2 years overall […]

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‘She’ll Run A Solid Race’: Romans Confident In Falls City Co-Favorite Sally’s Curlin

CJ Thoroughbreds, Left Turn Racing and Casner Racing’s $200,000 Chilukki winner Sally’s Curlin was made the 3-1 co-morning line favorite with Go Google Yourself as the 3-year-old filly tests Grade 2 company in Thursday’s $300,000 Falls City – the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving holiday racing feast at Churchill Downs. “She’s turning into a really nice […]

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Louisville Equine Industry Grad Jason Barkley Among ‘New Wave Of Trainers’ In Kentucky

University of Louisville graduate Jason Barkley is quickly moving up the training ranks at Churchill Downs as the 30-year-old conditioner leads a “new wave” of horse trainers in Kentucky. “There are a lot of us here in Kentucky that are around the same age and just starting out,” Barkley said. “Guys like Bentley (Combs), Jordan (Blair), Norm […]

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