Kentucky

News and features for Kentucky farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • National HBPA to Aid Reed in Wake of Barn Fire

    The National HBPA Foundation and HBPA state affiliates are rallying to assist trainer Eric Reed and his wife, owner Kay Reed, after 23 horses in their care were killed in an early-morning barn fire Sunday.

  • Grayson, Partners Kick Off Kentucky Initiative

    The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has announced the launch of the Kentucky Initiative. Hallway Feeds, Hinkle Farms, the Keeneland Association, and Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services have joined as founding partners

  • Karen and Mickey Taylor flank Seattle Slew at Three Chimneys Farm in 2000.

    Mickey Taylor Pays Tribute to Slew's Surgeon

    Mickey and Karen Taylor were at Seattle Slew's side in his final years at Three Chimneys Farm, and paid gratitude to Dr. George Bagby, who invented the Bagby Basket and operated on Slew, giving him quality time late in life.

  • A Dec. 18 fire at Mercury Equine Center in Lexington claimed the lives of 23 horses.

    Trainer Reed Recalls Devastating Barn Fire

    Eric Reed keeps hoping at some point he will awaken to find that the events of early Dec. 18, in which 23 horses died during a fire at his training center, did not happen and that it was all a nightmare.

  • Byrne to Host TCA Stallion Season Auction

    Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that Jill Byrne, director of programming and broadcasting at Churchill Downs will host the 27th Annual Stallion Season Auction & Celebration to be held Saturday, January 7. 

  • Good Lord at Old Friends at Kentucky Downs

    New Arrivals at Old Friends at Kentucky Downs

    Old Friends at Kentucky Downs has two new Thoroughbred residents who promise to be fan favorites: multiple stakes-winner Good Lord, winner of the 2012 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, and Monmouth Park's 2014 grade III Iselin winner Balance of Power.

  • Charismatic at Old Friends on Dec. 12, 2016, near Georgetown, Ky.

    Charismatic Settles Into Old Friends

    As 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic adjusts to his new life at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., the farm's founder Michael Blowen is already planning the next group of arrivals from Japan.

  • Firing Line at Churchill Downs

    Firing Line to Crestwood

    Firing Line, who won the 2015 Sunland Derby (gr. III) by 14 1/4 lengths and was runner-up to American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will enter stud at Crestwood Farm near Lexington in 2017.

  • Jerry Jamgotchian

    End of Road for ‘Claiming Rule’ Challenge

    Owner Jerry Jamgotchian’s lengthy battle to overturn Kentucky regulations that restrict when and where a horse can run after being claimed in the state has hit the end of the road following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of his petition.

  • Sportech New Tote Provider for Ellis Park

    Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech, announces that it has been selected by Ellis Park as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services.  

  • Classic Empire, right, winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita

    Casse Mulls Derby Path for Classic Empire

    A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.

  • John Ward

    Ward Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

    Retired classic winning trainer and former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission John Ward has joined the Water, Hay, and Oats Alliance, which supports federal intervention to bring about national uniformity in medication policy.

  • Industry Asks for H-2B Visa Program Support

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, through its involvement in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution. 

  • Trainer D. Wayne Lukas visits Charismatic Dec. 4 at Old Friends.

    Lukas Drops by to See Old Friend Charismatic

    On a cold day in early December D. Wayne Lukas made the 1 1/2-hour trip from Louisville, Ky. to Georgetown to catch up with the son of Summer Squall that he'd saddled to a surprise victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Last year's Wood Memorial crowd at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Changing Schedules Impacted Wood, Blue Grass

    While the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack will be downgraded from grade I to grade II races next season, don’t expect an immediate impact on horsemen’s Triple Crown plans or field quality.

  • Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded

    In a dramatic reshaping of graded status of 2017 Triple Crown prep races, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has downgraded the Toyota Blue Grass and the Wood Memorial from grade I to grade II.

  • Anchor Down wins Kelso Stakes (gr. II)

    Anchor Down Retired to Gainesway

    Anchor Down, a multiple graded stakes-winning miler by Tapit who defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) victor Tamarkuz in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II), has been retired and will enter stud at Gainesway.

  • Sams

    Kentucky Drug Testing Lab Enjoys Expansion

    While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.