Industry Press Releases

Thoroughbred Industry Press Releases and Announcements

  • Churchill Downs Emphasizes Racing Safety, Integrity

    Churchill Downs on April 28 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program.

  • Joe Wilson, president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations

    Wilson, of TRA, Named to American Horse Council Board

    Joe Wilson, current President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) of North America has been elected to the AHC's Board of Trustees. He replaces outgoing TRA President and AHC Board Member Scott Wells.

  • Deputed Testamony

    Deputed Testamony to Maryland-Bred Hall of Fame

    The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). 

  • Classic Empire gallops April 27 at Churchill Downs.

    Derby, Oaks Notes from Churchill Downs, April 27

    Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. 

  • NBC Sports

    Dreyer to Join NBC Kentucky Derby Coverage.

    NBC News weather anchor and correspondent Dylan Dreyer will join NBC and NBCSN coverage of the 2017 Kentucky Derby as a lifestyle correspondent—her first assignment with NBC Sports Group.

  • Gunnevera April 25 at Churchill Downs

    Derby, Oaks Notes, from Churchill Downs, April 25

    Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard.

  • Applications for T.I.P. Awards Available

    Applications for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program’s two annual awards, the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award, are now available online at

  • Classic Empire gallops April 24 at Churchill Downs

    Classic Empire Tops NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

    With the prep races over, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes after results were released April 24. 

  • Washington Summer Sale Scheduled for August

    The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s annual summer sale will be Tuesday, August 22, at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion located on the grounds of the beautiful Emerald Downs near Seattle.

  • PariMAX Reports Historical Racing Milestone

    AmTote's historical horse racing brand PariMAX, has surpassed the $4 billion-dollar mark in total dollars of handle wagered since the introduction of historical horse racing in January of 2000.  

  • Track Superintendents Conference Scheduled for June

    Biosecurity, racetrack geometry, and best-practice turf management are among topics to be discussed at the 16th annual Track Superintendents Conference, set for June 11-13 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., near Minneapolis. 

  • PDJF Logo

    Derby Day Fundraiser to Support PDJF

    For the third consecutive year, tracks and racing venues will participate in a Kentucky Derby Day Silent Auction to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF) on May 6.

  • 2017 Preakness Logo

    Zedd Signs on for Preakness InfieldFest

    The Stronach Group announced today that Grammy and Billboard award-winning electronic music artist Zedd will be the special guest artist joining the 2017 Preakness Budweiser InfieldFest May 20.

  • Derby Season Prime Time for Kentucky Proud

    The Kentucky Derby elevates the Commonwealth to a global stage. The Derby – as well as the Kentucky Oaks and the run-up to Thoroughbred racing’s biggest weekend – also gives Kentucky Proud foods a chance to shine.

  • Kentucky Downs, EquiLottery Enter Into Agreement

    Kentucky-based entities Kentucky Downs and EquiLottery have entered into an agreement that will allow the use of races from the Franklin, Ky., racetrack as the basis for EquiLottery, a new lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.

  • Dozen Congress Members Support IRS Reporting Changes

    Twelve members of Congress have signed a letter delivered to the Department of Treasury requesting recently proposed IRS regulations relating to the way pari-mutuel winnings are calculated for tax withholding and reporting purposes be finalized.

  • Belterra Park to Open 2017 Season April 28

    Belterra Park Gaming will begin its 2017 Thoroughbred racing season Friday, April 28, with weekly races Thursday-Sunday until Labor Day, then will race Thursdays-Saturday until Oct. 8. Post time for races is 1:20 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays.

  • Upcoming New Bolton Lecture Focuses on Laminitis

    Dr. Andrew van Eps, Associate Professor of Equine Musculoskeletal Research at New Bolton Center, will discuss different approaches for successful prevention and treatment of laminitis, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture series May 2. 

  • Saratoga's Oklahoma Training Track Opens April 17

    The Thoroughbreds will make their way back to the Spa City in a prelude to the annual summer meet at Saratoga Race Course when the famed Oklahoma Training Track officially opens for spring training April 17. 

  • Harry Connick Jr. will perform the National Anthem at this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs.

    Harry Connick Jr. to Perform National Anthem at Derby

    Churchill Downs Racetrack April 12 announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick Jr. will sing our national anthem May 6 at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Land Preservation Topic of Next KENA Dinner

    The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the May Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner: Saving Ground—Preserving Kentucky's Horse Country. The dinner will be May 16 at Fasig-Tipton near Lexington.

  • Small Batch Sales to offer Specialized Consignments

    Industry veterans Fletcher Mauk (Small Batch Thoroughbreds) and Josh Stevens (J. Stevens Bloodstock) have partnered with Advantage Agri-Marketing Services (Tyler Clarke and Jimmy Hall) to create Small Batch Sales.

  • Florida Horsemen Announce Changes to Board

    The Florida HBPA has made two changes to its officer positions on the board of directors, as part of a regular review process to ensure board independence and sound corporate governance.

  • Del Mar Track Renovation - March 2017

    Del Mar's "Ship and Win" Program More Lucrative in 2017

    Del Mar's simple, yet highly effective, "Ship and Win" program, where owners and trainers are given incentives to import out-of-state horses to race locally, will be back for its seventh summer at the seaside oval.

  • Handicapping Tourney Planned for Equestricon

    A seat at the 2018 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race LensTM and Treasure Island Las Vegas will be up for grabs in a free handicapping contest open to Equestricon ticket holders.