Forgotten Secret, dam of filly stakes winners Hot Storm and Unforgotten, died April 12 at Sierra Farm near Lexington
A segment on the CBS Evening News generated some positive feedback for Old Friends, the equine retirement facility that has a deal with a racing partnership group to create a retirement plan for horses.
Retired Kentucky Derby-winning jockeys Ray York and Bill Boland are back in Kentucky for Derby week, and they enjoy being spectators this time around.
Old Friends, the equine retirement facility in Central Kentucky, is reaching outside the horse industry to raise funds for and awareness of its residents.
In another aspect of Barbaro's legacy, racing enthusiasts and fans of the colt are making donations to equine retirement programs in his memory.
It was about 10 years ago that Louisville singer-songwriter Tim Krekel sat down with his guitar and wrote a seemingly simple song--"No Mo Do Giacomo"--about a guy who had run out of money after living the high life for too long.
It was some ten years ago that Louisville singer-songwriter Tim Krekel sat down with his guitar and wrote a seemingly simple song – "No Mo Do Giacomo" – about a guy who had run out of money after living the high life too long.
For trainer Ronny Werner, the May 18 quarantine that effectively closed down three barns on the backside of Churchill Downs due to the suspected outbreak of equine herpes virus came exactly one week after a filly under his care went down in her stall and inexplicably lost all mobility.
California trainer Bill Currin and his wife Betty acknowledge that Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill will be a difficult challenge for their filly, Memorette. "I think the field is strong," Bill Currin said. "And we feel we have a superior filly. If I didn't feel I could beat Sis City, I wouldn't be here."
No matter how hard he tried, Vancouver British Columbia Racing Hall of Fame trainer Dave Forster was not able to dissuade his oldest son from pursuing a career on the racetrack. Now Grant Forster starts Fantasy (gr. II) runner-up Rugula in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
It took plenty of determination – from breeder/owner James Fortney and trainer James Jackson – to get the filly Gallant Secret into Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Now she gets her shot at the big girls. "We're here to win," says Fortney.
They are stabled together on the backside of Churchill Downs and Sunday morning Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contenders Sis City and Memorette logged their final workouts over the racetrack only minutes apart from each other.
Trainer James Jackson said Elkhorn Oaks Inc.'s Gallant Secret, a contender in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezed five-eighths of a mile over the Keeneland training track Saturday morning in 1:03 3/5.
Canadian trainer Grant Forster admitted track conditions at Churchill Downs Friday morning were less than ideal after overnight rain showers, but that didn't stop him from working out probable Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Rugula.
Veteran trainer Billy E. Adams died March 25, opening night at Fairmount Park, due to a heart attack.
Shane Sellers may be giving up his career as a jockey, but he intends to remain quite involved with industry issues pertaining to jockeys.
Standing in the lobby of his lawyer's downtown Louisville, Ky., office building, jockey Shane Sellers announced Dec. 15 he has officially retired from racing.
Hall of Fame steeplechase jockey Frank D. "Dooley" Adams died Nov. 12 in his hometown of Southern Pines, N.C. He was 77.
Trainer Bobby Barnett insists it wasn't planned but admits it's an eerie coincidence his 2004 Breeders' Cup contender Fantasticat now occupies the stall at Churchill Downs that once housed Answer Lively, the horse he trained that won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and went on to be named 2-year-old champion.
Trainer Dale Romans worked out Roses in May, one of his two Breeders' Cup contenders, Oct. 9 at Churchill Downs.
The start of the fall meet at Churchill Downs coincides with Halloween this year, but track officials insist patrons who walk through the gates Oct. 31 will discover nothing but treats.
It was two years ago that jockey Rafael Bejarano won his first race in the United States at River Downs. Since then, the 22-year-old has won riding titles at Hoosier Park, Ellis Park, and Turfway Park. On July 5, he clinched another accolade when he was named leading rider for the 2004 spring meet at Churchill Downs.
For the third year in a row, Churchill Downs Inc. hosted the "Out To Pasture "Party, a benefit for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. More than $67,000 was raised for the organization.
Long-time equine practitioner Dr. Alex Harthill was hospitalized May 27 after experiencing stroke-like symptoms while working in his Louisville office. After undergoing a series of medical tests, Harthill, 78, is expected to be released from Jewish Hospital Saturday.
While some trainers felt the off-track conditions played a role in the lack of competitiveness for some horses in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), there was a general consensus that the best horse won.
Members of the Louisville, Ky. Metro Planning Commission were expected to discuss possible changes in land-use regulations Jan. 22 that could have far-reaching effects on commercial horse stables in Jefferson County. But instead, planning officials agreed to table discussion of the controversial proposals until a later date.
A newly formed organization that hopes to garner public support for an eventual ban on horse slaughter in the United States, announced on Oct. 28 two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Nick Zito (Strike the Gold 1991, Go for Gin '94) would be the group's national spokesperson.
The Kentucky Racing Commission granted final approval of 2004 race dates Oct. 28 at a contentious meeting at which Ellis Park was granted a six-day racing week, and The Red Mile was awarded Quarter Horse dates despite objections from the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association's attorney.
The fall meet at Churchill Downs may not begin until Oct. 26, but track officials having been wooing prospective occupants for the recently completed fifth- and sixth-floors of the new Jockey Club suites, which officially opened Sept. 8.
The dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky told several Kentucky lawmakers the school's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center is overburdened and under-funded.
Construction crews at Churchill Downs are working double shifts in an effort to complete the steel skeleton of the racetrack's new six-story clubhouse before the start of the fall meet Oct. 26.
Two months after she injured a left leg during a four-furlong workout on the dirt at Churchill Downs, turf superstar Ipi Tombe continues to recover and is slowly making her way back to the racetrack.
Negotiations between the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association and a Lexington Standardbred racetrack are continuing to move forward and could soon result in the return of live Quarter Horse racing to the Bluegrass.
With time running out to obtain 2004 dates, the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association board of directors met Sept. 6 to discuss whether to accept an offer by a Standardbred track to host some Quarter Horse races, and it also got unexpected support from a Thoroughbred breeder.
Representatives from Kentucky's racetracks submitted their preliminary applications for 2004 racing dates to members of a subcommittee of the Kentucky Racing Commission Sept. 2. The Thoroughbred schedule is typical, but there are other proposed changes.
A lingering leg injury will keep African-born turf sensation Ipi Tombe out of racing for the rest of the year.
Two major forces in Thoroughbred racing have formed an alliance aimed at improving the lives of Kentucky backstretch workers.
Artificial insemination and stallion book size were among the more controversial topics discussed as university professors from across the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and Israel gathered in Louisville, Ky., June 25-28 for the third International Equine Industry Program Academic Conference.
- By Dan Liebman
William E. "Smiley" Adams, who trained Robert and Verna Lehmann's Master Derby to win the 100th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in 1975, died June 19 at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Lexington. He was 67.
Frank Adams' Al Skywalker upset Campanile, winning Saturday's $100,000 Bank of America Carolina Cup (NSA-I) by 12 lengths in a strung out finish in front of about 70,000 spectators at Camden, South Carolina. Campanile came home second, 69 lengths ahead Assurance. Addinson was another 60 1/4 lengths back in fourth.
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