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Keeneland Increases Takeout To State Maximums For 2017 Fall Meeting

Keeneland Racecourse has informed the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that it plans to increase takeout to the maximum allowed under state law during its 2017 fall meeting, reports Officials confirmed that takeout on win, place and show wagers will move from 16 percent to 17.5 percent, and it will increase from 19 percent to […]

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Back To Keeneland, Where The Customer Is King

It’s been 28 years since I spit in the eye of Horace Greeley, packed up the covered wagon, and headed east from Los Angeles, Calif., to Lexington, Ky. It was a different century, and in horse racing, a different world. The only thing you heard at Keeneland upon my arrival in 1988 was the imaginative […]

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Dickinson Sues Keeneland: Alleges ‘Sham Corporation,’ Failure To Pay

Trainer Michael Dickinson has sued Keeneland Association in an attempt to collect $395,874.18 a federal judge ruled Dickinson is owed by Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, the company that manufactured and sold the synthetic racing surface known as Polytrack and alleged in the lawsuit to be the “alter ego and sham corporation” of Keeneland, the […]

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International Racing Conference Calls for Integrity in Rules, Focus on Fan Experience

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ 47th Annual International Conference was held in Paris, France on Monday, October 7 and gathered representatives from 51 different racing nations. Louis ROMANET, the IFHA chairman, said, “Each year the International Conference of Horseracing Authorities represents a pivotal forum for racing authorities throughout the world to come together to […]

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Simon: What Nicholson’s Eclipse speech really said was, ‘we had better get our act together’

A recent editorial by the Daily Racing Form’s Mark Simon praised Nick Nicholson’s Eclipse Award acceptance speech, which encouraged ceremony attendees to start working together to improve the industry. Nicholson’s origins are in politics, but once he moved into the racing industry, his storied career included time as the executive director of the Jockey Club […]

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Nicholson to receive Eclipse Award of Merit

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters today announced that Nick Nicholson will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for his distinguished leadership and his outstanding achievements on behalf of the Thoroughbred industry. Nicholson, of Lexington, Ky., will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit […]

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Nicholson’s farewell: ‘let’s respect one another’s opinion’

I suspect there are few people in the Thoroughbred industry who understand politics better than Nick Nicholson, who is entering his final week as president of the Keeneland Association after a 13-year run. Nicholson announced his retirement during the spring Thoroughbred race meeting of the Lexington, Ky., racetrack and auction company. Nicholson was a legislative […]

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Nicholson reflects on 13-year tenure as Keeneland President

Keeneland president Nick Nicholson will be retiring Sept. 1 after 13 years of guidance, as announced earlier this year. Bill Thomason will be his successor. Retiring from the Thoroughbred industry is not an easy thing to do. Trainer Larry Jones, jockey Pat Valenzuela and Keeneland vice president of sales Walt Robertson are all prime examples […]

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Kentucky racing on ‘life support’

On Kentucky Derby Day, the grandstands will be filled to capacity and wagering numbers will be high. From year to year, this scene is repeated. From day to day, racing in Kentucky looks very different, writes USA Today.  The state is watching horses, trainers and owners leave for tracks with casino-fueled purses. “Little by little,” […]

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