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KTDF Revenue Decline of Concern to Panel

Members of an advisory committee that oversees the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund expressed concern June 8 over diminishing revenue for the program as well as one racetrack's suspension of full-card simulcasts.

KY Trainer Mattingly Suspended 90 Days

Stewards at Ellis Park have suspended trainer James E. Mattingly for 90 days after a horse he trained tested positive for two prohibited substances and he was found in possession of syringes and hypodermic needles.

KY Tracks Request Big Cut in Racing Dates

KY Tracks Request Big Cut in Racing Dates

The harsh competitive environment in which Kentucky racing finds itself was on displayed in black and white Oct. 26 when a subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission considered applications from Thoroughbred racetracks that signal a drastic reduction in live racing dates for 2010.

KY Horse Industry Proves Threat Not Hollow

KY Horse Industry Proves Threat Not Hollow

Following the June demise of expanded gambling in the legislature, representatives of Kentucky's horse industry vowed to take a more aggressive role in statehouse campaigns. The industry's involvement in a special state Senate election in eastern Kentucky Aug. 25 is proving the threat wasn't hollow.

KEEP Hosting Rally to Promote Ellis Park

KEEP Hosting Rally to Promote Ellis Park

With Ellis Park considering closing its doors, the Kentucky Equine Education Project is organizing a "Forever Ellis!" rally Aug. 22 at the racetrack as a way for horse industry enthusiasts to show their support for the nearly 90-year-old facility and the entire equine industry in the state.

Delaware Park Expecting Kentucky Stables

Delaware Park Expecting Kentucky Stables

With the end of the Churchill Downs spring meet July 5, Delaware Park is expecting an influx of Kentucky horsemen who are seeking more opportunities than will be available at Ellis Park.

Ellis, Turfway Balance Hope, Hard Decisions

Ellis, Turfway Balance  Hope, Hard Decisions

Ellis Park owner Ron Geary said June 24 it's too soon to say a commitment from the racing industry and legislators to fight for racetrack gaming will keep his track open beyond the 2009 season. Meanwhile, Turfway Park and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association plan to sit down soon to devise a plan that could include reductions in purses and racing dates for future meets.

KY Senator Suggests Instant Racing

KY Senator Suggests Instant Racing

Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, who sponsored the legislation that resulted in Kentucky's Breeders' Incentive Fund, has inquired about another method of garnering funds for the state's Thoroughbred industry.

Racing Cutbacks at Two Kentucky Tracks

Racing Cutbacks at Two Kentucky Tracks

Facing the harsh realities posed by a weak economy and stiff competition from racetracks in nearby states with more lucrative purses boosted by alternative gaming, two Kentucky tracks April 7 received permission to cut their live race dates this year.

KY Budget Woes Could Aid Racetrack VLTs

With the Kentucky General Assembly seemingly headed for a special session this spring or summer to address a substantial revenue deficit, a legislative committee March 12 heard testimony on a bill that would authorize video lottery terminals at racetracks in the state.

Kentucky Racing Industry 'at Risk'

Kentucky Racing Industry 'at Risk'

Representatives of two Kentucky Thoroughbred tracks said they will be forced to reduce racing dates due to declining economic conditions, with the owner of Ellis Park saying his track would not race in 2010 unless alternative gaming is legalized in the Bluegrass State.

KY Horsemen Make Case to Legislators

More than 100 people who make their living in the Kentucky horse industry made their case to three Northern Kentucky legislators Feb. 16, and the message was clear: The economics must change or the state will lose a valuable asset.

Cracks in Foundation of Kentucky Racing

Cracks in Foundation of Kentucky Racing

SPECIAL REPORT: Horsemen who call Kentucky home year-round are taking a beating, and they predict even more owners and horses will leave the state. Whether there will be legislative relief any time soon, however, remains to be seen.

Pat Day to Aid Riverside Trainers

Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be a guest speaker at Ellis Park Dec. 13 at noon to present aid and auction a personally autographed saddle with the proceeds benefiting the trainers who lost horses and their equipment in the Nov. 20 Riverside Downs fire.

KY Identifies Problems, But Needs Money

The Governor's Task Force on Racing in Kentucky is close to preparing and releasing a report pinpointing problems and offering recommendations that ultimately will require a lot of money -- something in short supply given an ongoing budget crunch.

Ellis Park Announces 5% Purse Increase

Ellis Park Announces 5% Purse Increase

Ellis Park, which nearly closed a month ago due to stalled negotiations with horsemen over a new advance deposit wagering contract, announced it will increase purses by 5% beginning Aug. 13 through the close of the current meet Sept. 1.

Ellis Park Hires New Track Announcer

Ellis Park Hires New Track Announcer

Ellis Park has named Bill Downes as the new permanent live race announcer for the Henderson, Ky. track. Downes, who has called races for Presque Isle Downs, Beulah Park, and River Downs, will replace announcer Luke Kruytbosch, who died in Evansville, Ind., July 14.

Announcer Luke Kruytbosch Found Dead

Announcer Luke Kruytbosch Found Dead

Luke Kruytbosch, the announcer at Churchill Downs and the "Voice of the Kentucky Derby" since 1999, has died at age 47. His body was found Monday morning in an apartment he was renting in Evansville, Ind. No official cause of death has been announced, but published reports indicate that it appears that he died of natural causes.

THG to Racetracks: Let's Meet on ADW

The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group is calling for a meeting with the Thoroughbred Racing Associations to discuss advance deposit wagering revenue given ongoing conflict between horsemen, racetracks, and ADW providers over equitable revenue splits.

Last-Chance Deal on Table at Ellis Park

Last-Chance Deal on Table at Ellis Park

Negotiations between Ellis Park and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association continued July 5 in an effort to resolve a dispute that led the western Kentucky racing to shut down the day before its summer meet was to begin.

Groups Say Ellis Park Closure a Symptom

Groups Say Ellis Park Closure a Symptom

The TRA and KEEP have weighed in on the announced closure of Ellis Park in western Kentucky. They blame lack of a long-term, industry strategy on advance deposit wagering, and inability to compete with other states, respectively.

Geary Considers Options in ADW Situation

Geary Considers Options in ADW Situation

The owner of Ellis Park said he is willing to work with horsemen on revenue-sharing plans for wagering signals, but hasn't ruled out eventually closing the Kentucky track if an equitable long-term agreement isn't reached.

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