The chairman of Churchill Downs Inc. said July 28 that the racetrack and gaming company may not proceed with installation of Instant Racing machines even after pending litigation is finalized, likely some time in 2012.
Michael Tabor's Excited stalked the pace before taking control nearing the eighth pole and edged away for a half-length victory in the Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs July 16.
French import Right One lived up to his name as made a late run from the rear and got up in the last jump to nip Yield Bogey in the $100,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park July 16.
For the second straight year, A. U. Miner earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) at Churchill Downs by winning the Greenwood Cup Stakes July 16 at Parx Racing.
Efforts to repair nine barns and the chapel at Churchill Downs heavily damaged by a June 22 tornado are progressing at a rapid pace, with a projected completion date of late August.
Citing a lack of horses, The Red Mile harness track in Lexington received approval July 14 to cancel the two-day Quarter Horse racing scheduled for July 22-23.
The president of Kentucky Downs says action by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission July 14 approving a new form of exotic wagering that uses electronic machines will provide an economic and morale boost to the industry.
A colt by Lemon Drop Kid consigned by Warrendale Sales was purchased by Ben Glass, agent for Gary and Mary West, for $230,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Lexington July 12.
A Harlan's Holiday colt out of the Dixieland Band mare Shiny Band was purchased by Patrice Miller of EQB for $225,000 during the July 12 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Lexington.
A district court judge has scheduled a hearing for later this month to decide whether a dispute between the two parties that own the stallion Ready's Image will be resolved through the courts or by arbitration.
The chief state steward overseeing racing in Kentucky and several veterinarians testified June 29 that they saw nothing out of the ordinary with Life At Ten prior to her participation in the Ladies' Classic.
John Veitch, the chief state steward for Kentucky Thoroughbred racing, defended his actions June 28 during a hearing in connection with Life At Ten's run in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Down
The Life At Ten saga will enter its final stage June 28 when a hearing begins into whether senior state steward John Veitch violated any Kentucky racing rules.
Officials at Churchill Downs said June 23 it was a miracle no horses or people were injured the previous day when a tornado ripped through a portion of the stable area at the historic track in Louisville.
On June 23 workers began the task of accounting for all the horses under their care and cleaning up damage caused by a tornado the night before at Churchill Downs.
The host site for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships could be announced before the end of June or in early July, with Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Santa Anita the three finalists.
A horse claimed recently by prominent owner Jerry Jamgotchian will be permitted to race at Penn National Race Course, even though there are rules in Kentucky precluding such horses from being entered at other tracks.
Surgery to repair a small chip in the right front ankle of Nehro, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), went "extremely well."
Though there is no end in sight for the continued declines in North American racing, the newly elected chairman of Churchill Downs Inc. painted a positive picture for the Kentucky-based racetrack and gaming operator.
Alternative gaming in Illinois would be good for Arlington Park but could potentially have a negative impact on Kentucky, according to the chairman of Churchill Downs Inc.
Zayat Stable's Nehro, who finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is scheduled to undergo surgery June 15 to repair a small chip in his right front ankle.
A jockey who was suspended for five years in 2007 for possession of an electrical device has been reinstated to ride by the New Mexico Racing Commission on a probationary basis.
Multiple Eclipse Award winner and $5.3 million earner Gio Ponti heads the field of 10 turf specialists that have been entered for the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the June 8 Belmont Stakes card.
The top horse racing regulatory agency in Kentucky has approved regulations governing the licensing of advance deposit wagering providers and totalizator companies.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on June 8 unanimously rejected a request from trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. to withdraw his application for a license to race in the state in 2011.
Prairie Meadows stewards have revoked Joseph Nealon's license to "protect the public's health, safety, and welfare and to protect the public from a person who should not hold a trainer's license."
Kentucky regulators do not plan to rescind or waive a rule regarding when claimed horses can run in out-of-state races, despite the threat of a lawsuit from prominent owner Jerry Jamgotchian.
The connections of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford said a decision on the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) will be made after the Forestry colt breezes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 4.
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, has been pronounced in foal at the 60-day mark after being covered by Bernardini.
After Shackleford won the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Shake Shack chain gave away about 750 single cups of custard as part of a promotion conceived by company founder and New York restaurateur Danny Meyer.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was informed May 18 that a trainer has filed an appeal of the results of the April 14 Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved comprehensive changes to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund.
An attorney for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said it is possible the state's racetracks could be approved to offer a form of "Instant Racing" before the state's Court of Appeals rules on its legality.
With racing operations continuing to show losses at Churchill Downs Inc., company CEO Bob Evans said May 9 that it would be hard for CDI to justify capital expenditures on racetracks, except in special cases.
The night-time opening card of the spring meet and the success of Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs will likely result in a contribution of between $5-6 million in pre-tax earnings to the company's bottom line for 2011.
In a medication case dating back to 2006, trainer Jeff Mullins has been ordered to serve a 70-day suspension, beginning June 1.
The president of Churchill Downs said the track will take a close look at the policies for the 20-horse starting field for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The morning after saddling Animal Kingdom to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Graham Motion was still trying to absorb the overwhelming feelings associated with winning America's biggest race.
Jockey John Velazquez, whose original mount Uncle Mo was scratched out of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been named to ride Animal Kingdom in the May 7 classic.
When early wagering on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) began May 6, Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Dialed In was listed at 3-1 odds.
Owner Mike Repole said a decision on whether Uncle Mo will run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be made late Thursday, May 5, or early the next day.
Jockey Robby Albarado, who has mounts in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was thrown from his mount prior to the third race at Churchill Downs on May 4.
Churchill Downs track superintendent Butch Lehr said the grass course and main track at Churchill Downs have tolerated the 5-6 inches of rain over the past three days.
Son of Bellamy Road off in his left rear; was to ship to Churchill Downs from his base at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland later today.
Trainer Jinks Fires sent the Arkansas Derby winner to the track at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 3 for what he described as a strong gallop.
Trainer Kathleen O'Connell said she hopes the rains that fell on the Louisville, Ky. area this weekend and Monday, May 2, end in time for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Paul Robsham Stable's homebred R Heat Lightning, probable favorite in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the race after heat was detected in her right knee.
Owner Ahmed Zayat, whose Eskendereya was withdrawn as the favorite for last year's Kentucky Derby, is back with Nehro.
Trainer Eddie Kenneally did not waste any time getting Santiva to the track at Churchill Downs on the morning of Monday, May 2, as the 3-year-old was one of the first horses out when the track opened for training.
It was another stormy morning at Churchill Downs on Monday, May 2, but that did not deter the connections of three Kentucky Derby contenders from sending their horses to the track for their final breezes.
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