Marty Maline

Kentucky Downs, Kentucky HBPA Pledge $5 Per Start To Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Kentucky Downs and the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have each pledged $5 per start at the 2018 Kentucky Downs race meet to go to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The 2018 Kentucky Downs meet runs five days: Sept. 1, Sept. 6, Sept. 8, Sept. 9, and Sept. 13. The TAA accredits, inspects, and awards […]

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Kentucky Downs Enriching Purse Funds By $500,000 Each At Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Keeneland

Kentucky Downs is transferring $500,000 apiece to the purse accounts at Ellis Park, Churchill Downs and Keeneland in an unprecedented agreement with the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents owners and trainers at the commonwealth’s five Thoroughbred tracks. “This is jaw-dropping and unparalleled in horse racing, to have one track boosting purses paid […]

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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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Kentucky Downs To Transfer $1.65 Million In Purse Funds To Ellis Park

  A Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee on Tuesday approved transferring $300,000 in state-bred purse supplements from Kentucky Downs to Ellis Park for the Henderson track’s 2017 summer meet. The action of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund advisory committee, which must get final approval from the KHRC, paves the way for a total package of […]

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Immigration: Current And Upcoming Concerns Threaten Racing Industry’s Workforce

President-elect Donald Trump’s hardline stance on immigration could seriously threaten the size of the racing industry’s workforce, warns immigration attorney Will Velie in a Thoroughbred Racing Commentary report. Already, there are several states with strict backstretch licensing regulations which may showcase the issue that seems to be approaching the entire industry. In Arizona, for example, […]

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Commission ‘May Not Delegate Authority’ To Keeneland To Card Lasix-Free Races

Jack Conway, Kentucky’s attorney general, published an opinion on Dec. 18 dealing with Keeneland’s ability to card lasix-free races in 2016, according to the Blood Horse. The opinion follows a regulatory change by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in March, which would allow racetracks to specify that particular races adhere to the International Medication Protocol, […]

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Editorial: Research Stands Behind RMTC Thresholds

In a recent letter to the editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association executive director Marty Maline suggested that the scientific evidence behind 19 of the 26 thresholds suggested by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is lacking. This week, Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director of the RMTC took to the paper […]

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Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Kentucky HBPA Partner To Support Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (“HBPA”), Keeneland Racecourse and Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) have will join in a unique partnership designed to generate funds for the work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (“TAA”), the non-profit organization that serves as both an accrediting body for facilities that care for Thoroughbreds at the conclusion of […]

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