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‘A Lot Of Pictures’: Turfway Park Trainer Gary Johnson Captures 1,500th Career Win

Trainer Gary Johnson scored his 1,500th career win Tuesday when Sheswildnfree cleared the field by 4 1/4 lengths in the first race at JACK Thistledown Racino. Jose Bracho Jr. was aboard for the milestone ride. “You really don’t think about [milestones] until they happen,” Johnson said. “It’s a lot of pictures, that’s for sure, a […]

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Kentucky Commission Unanimously Approves Sale Of Turfway To Churchill

At a special meeting convened Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously to approve the change of control for Turfway Park, clearing the way for Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase the track for $46 million. Churchill, operating via its wholly-owned subsidiary, NKYRG LLC, announced the deal last week, noting it was contingent […]

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CDI Announces Agreement To Buy Turfway Park For $46 Million, Will Withdraw Plans For New Latonia

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) announced today that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary NKYRG, LLC (“NKYRG”), it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky from Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International for total consideration of $46 million in cash, subject to certain working capital […]

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‘He Is A Keeper’: War Horse Gung Ho Preparing For Thoroughbred Makeover

Owner-trainer Tamara Maxey recognized Gung Ho as a prime show horse prospect when he was in the final stages of his 74-race career at Turfway Park in late 2018. A stakes winner in his prime, Gung Ho finished third in the 2012 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland in a career that includes a bankroll […]

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‘Shocked And Thoroughly Disappointed’: Turfway Will Defend Winter Race Dates Against Churchill ‘Attack’

Churchill Downs, Inc. announced on Thursday it’s intent to build a new Northern Kentucky racetrack and pursue winter race dates traditionally held by Turfway Park. Mark Dunkeson, Chief Executive Officer of JACK Entertainment, released the following statement on Friday. “Following a lengthy competitive bidding process with a number of local and national companies, JACK Entertainment […]

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CDI Announces Intent To Apply For Turfway’s Dates, Construct New Track In Northern Kentucky

Following a report from the Daily Racing Form Thursday, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to apply for winter racing dates currently held by Turfway Park. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will make a determination about date applications by Nov. 1. Turfway has drawn criticism from the commission over the slow progress of its renovations and […]

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‘There Is No Guarantee’: Scollay Urges Kentucky Racing To Learn From Santa Anita

The 23 deaths at Santa Anita have cast a grim spectre across the horse racing industry, and the fatal injury of Cathedral Reader at Keeneland during Saturday’s G1 Madison Stakes may move Kentucky into the same spotlight. “California racing is having an existential crisis, and I think we all need to look closely and say, […]

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Turfway Park, JACK Cincinnati Casino To Be Sold To Hard Rock International, VICI Properties

Following a strategic assessment of its business portfolio, JACK Entertainment LLC announced Friday that it has entered into  multiple contracts to sell JACK Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., to Hard Rock International and VICI Properties for $780 million, pending regulatory approval. VICI will simultaneously enter into a favorable triple-net leased fee agreement […]

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‘A Humbling Game’: Marine Veteran Hiles Saddles First Winner At Oaklawn

Roughly a week after kicking himself for a claim he made earlier in the meeting, trainer Jeff Hiles was celebrating his first career victory Friday morning at Oaklawn. Hiles, the son of veteran trainer Rick Hiles, won Thursday’s fourth race with Loran Holiday, a 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare he co-owns with Silver Tyme Stables (Mickey Ballew). […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Jockey Johnston Rolls On With Championship Career In Rear-View Mirror

Despite profound changes in his life, Mark Johnston is fundamentally the same. He still loves horses, the racetrack, winning and camaraderie. In his past, Johnston enjoyed those experiences as a jockey who won 3,085 races and the 1990 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice. These days from his Paris, Ky., base, he gains similar satisfaction using […]

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