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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Luis Saez Hit With 15-Day Suspension For Derby Interference

Jockey Luis Saez, who piloted Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby, has been suspended 15 racing days for his ride in the race. A ruling dated May 12 listed the reason for the suspension as “failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several […]

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West Plans Lawsuit: War Of Will ‘Actually Caused The Infraction, Not Our Horse’

A frame-by-frame video of the Kentucky Derby is expected to be used as “evidence” for owner/breeder Gary West to challenge the stewards’ disqualification of his colt, Maximum Security, in a court of law. According to, West plans to “file a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction” after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denied his appeal on […]

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Denied: Commission Rejects West’s Appeal Over ‘Arbitrary And Capricious’ Derby DQ

Owner/breeder Gary West filed an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, citing the “arbitrary and capricious” decision by Kentucky stewards to disqualify his horse after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, reports the Courier-Journal. The KHRC responded quickly to deny that appeal, based on its regulations stipulating that stewards’ findings on racing […]

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In The Fight Against Off-Label Bisphosphonate Use, Is Sale Company Testing The Next Step?

As the racing industry continues to struggle in the fight against off-label bisphosphonate use, some wonder whether testing by sales companies could be the next step. In a meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission this week, equine medical director Dr. Mary Scollay told commissioners current tests will only pick up bisphosphonates between 30 and […]

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Kentucky Commission Gives Okay For Winchell, Falcone Purchase Of Kentucky Downs

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. The sale of the track and year-round entertainment center to Winchell and Falcone is expected to close around March 1. Ted Nicholson will continue as Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president […]

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KHRC Imposes $1,000 Per Day Fine On Churchill’s Derby City Gaming

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has fined Churchill Downs, Inc. for violations with the 900 Ainsworth Game Technology historical racing machines at its Derby City Gaming location, according to The fines, accumulating at a rate of $1,000 per day, are related to a regulation that races with scratched horses cannot be used to determine outcomes […]

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