Governor Appoints Charles O’Connor, Frank Jones To Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Charles O’Connor and Frank Jones as members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Charles Francis O’Connor of Versailles, is the Director of Sales at Coolmore Stud. He replaces Kiki Courtelis, who has resigned. Mr. O’Connor shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending April 27, 2020. Frank […]

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Kentucky Racetracks Applaud KHRC’s Adoption Of ‘Meaningful’ Medication Reforms

Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racetracks – Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs – united in their support of the medication reforms adopted Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC). Their passage demonstrates an unprecedented unity among Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing associations and a commitment to continue moving forward on initiatives that further strengthen […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approves Lasix Phase Out Proposal

On Monday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve the partial Lasix phase-out proposal advanced by its Equine Drug Research Council, reports The plan calls for the elimination of race day furosemide in all 2-year-old races in the state in 2020, and extends the ban to all stakes races in 2021. Horses affected by […]

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Updated: Asmussen Suspended 30 Days For Pair Of Acepromazine Overages

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission issued a 30-day suspension to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen on Nov. 30, 2019, after two of his trainees were found to have Acepromazine in their post-race urine samples. Acepromazine is a sedative which can be used to calm horses on the racetrack. The first ruling was for Thousand […]

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Trainer Brian Lynch To Serve 15-Day Suspension For Medication Positive

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission handed down a suspension and $500 fine for trainer Brian Lynch on Nov. 20, as a result of a Class B medication violation in his trainee Into A Hot Spot on May 16 at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old gelding was found to have the drug gabapentin in his system, a […]

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‘Not Subject To Judicial Review’: Federal Judge Dismisses Wests’ Kentucky Derby Lawsuit

On Friday, federal judge Karen Caldwell dismissed the lawsuit filed by Gary and Mary West, owners of Maximum Security, regarding the colt’s historic disqualification from the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Kentucky stewards officially placed Maximum Security 17th, disqualifying him from first due to interference nearing the top of the stretch and making runner-up Country House the […]

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Dr. Bruce Howard Named Interim Equine Medical Director For KHRC

Public Protection Cabinet Secretary K. Gail Russell announced that Bruce A. Howard DVM will be acting as Interim Equine Medical Director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), effective immediately. Dr. Howard has served as Chief Racing Veterinarian of the KHRC since 2016, where his responsibilities included oversight of racetrack veterinarians and equine medical regulation […]

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Dr. Mary Scollay New Executive Director, COO Of Racing Medication And Testing Consortium

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has hired Dr. Mary Scollay as its next executive director and chief operating officer. In her new role, which she assumes August 5, Dr. Scollay will be charged with the advancement of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, promotion of RMTC-recommended rules and penalties for prohibited substances and therapeutic […]

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Updated: New Mexico-Based Company Announces Purchase Of Ellis Park

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the sale and expansion of Ellis Park at a meeting held Tuesday. The track, purchased last year by Saratoga Casino and Hospitality Group, also received permission to expand the number of historical horse racing terminals at the facility from 300 to 1,200. The facility will be purchased by […]

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