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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Report: Kentucky Commission Hits Derby City Gaming With Fine Over Historical Racing Machines

The Blood-Horse’s Frank Angst reported Thursday that Churchill Downs Inc.’s new facility, Derby City Gaming, faces fines over the operation of its historical horse racing machines, and may see the machines shut down. In a later sent to CDI last week, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission levied a significant fine for what it says is […]

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KHRC Defers Vote On New Harness Track License For 30 Days

Following presentations by the three groups seeking a license for a harness racing track in Oak Grove, Ky., the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission decided to take no action on the matter this week. According to, the KHRC officially deferred the vote on which group to license for 30 days. Following is a quick summary of […]

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State Veterinarians Examine High Number Of Fatal Breakdowns In Kentucky

There was a fair amount of concern following the short September race meeting at Churchill Downs, when four horses suffered fatal breakdowns in the space of four days, and two more suffered the same fate during morning training hours. According to, Churchill’s response was to bring in racing-surface specialist Mick Peterson; president Kevin Flanery said […]

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Kentucky Downs To Increase Number Of Historical Racing Machines

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously granted permission for Kentucky Downs to increase their number of historical horse racing machines, reports Currently operating 775 machines, Kentucky Downs will bump that number to 1,200 machines. The facility has planned an expansion for the new machines, which will also need to be approved by the commission. Both […]

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Churchill Emphasizes Enhanced Equine Security Measures For Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Racetrack re-emphasized on Sunday its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its “Safety from Start to Finish” program. “Integrity and maximizing the safety and welfare of our athletes are of great importance to us, […]

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Commission Considers Updates To Post-Claim Drug Testing Rules In Kentucky

During its Jan. 16 meeting, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s rules committee unanimously approved updating the voided claim rule, reports Originally proposed by the safety committee, the recommendations include post-race drug testing of every horse that is claimed in the state of Kentucky. Currently the regulations are such that claimants may elect to have a […]

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Former KHRC Executive Director Lisa Underwood Dies

Lisa Underwood Young, former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, died at her home of an apparent heart attack Dec. 9, according to a report in the BloodHorse. She was 57. Underwood was an attorney that worked at the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. She served as the executive director of the Kentucky Horse […]

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KHRC Approves Funding For Study Regarding Contamination Issues In Drug Testing

During its regular meeting Oct. 17, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved funding for an analytical study that will examine the levels of substances – both regulated and others – found in racetrack environments. The racing commission hopes that the study will help “shed light” on contamination issues in drug testing. According to a report […]

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