Backed into a corner by workers' compensation insurance rates expected to soar to 70% of trainer payroll, Quarter Horse officials at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California are fighting back with a plan that will cut costs by more than half in most cases.
The Circuit Court in Franklin, Ky., has affirmed a Kentucky Racing Commission decision not to grant a license to Southern Bluegrass Racing, which wants to build a Quarter Horse track in the southeast portion of the state near the Tennessee border.
Even though the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation earlier this spring designed to return Quarter Horse racing to the state, supporters of the sport are having a difficult time finding a host racetrack.
Representatives of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association plan to meet with Turfway Park president Bob Elliston May 13 to discuss the possibility of holding live Quarter Horse races at the track.
Nearly a dozen members of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association gathered at the Kentucky state capitol rotunda in Frankfort March 27 and watched as Gov. Paul Patton signed ceremonial legislation that effectively paves the way for the sport to return to the Bluegrass.
The Kentucky Racing Commission will begin a review of all policies and procedures related to pari-mutuel wagering, commission chairman Frank Shoop announced Dec. 4. The action stems from the recent Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 investigation and the review being conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Plans for a Quarter Horse racetrack in southeast Kentucky were detailed before the Kentucky Racing Commission Sept. 24, but the panel said it wants more financial data before it considers granting Southern Bluegrass Downs a racing license.
Quarter Horse racing ended in Kentucky nearly 15 years ago, but members of the American Quarter Horse Association met June 10 in Louisville to discuss how to bring the sport back to the Bluegrass state.
On Saturday, TVG will unveil a new show devoted to Quarter Horse racing.Called "The Quarters," it will feature on-site production from Los Alamitos Racecourse in Cypress, California, and run from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. (ET) on Thursday through Saturday and 9 p.m. to midnight (ET) on Sunday each week.