Kentucky

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

  • KY-Bred Red Verdon Aimed for St. Leger

    Trainer Ed Dunlop is hoping the extended 1 3/4 miles of the Ladbrokes St Leger (Eng-I) will play to the strengths of Red Verdon Sept. 10 at Doncaster in the world's oldest classic, for which Idaho is the early favorite.

  • Runhappy.

    Runhappy Works Five Furlongs in :58

    Runhappy, last year's sprint male champion, recorded his second public work of the year Sept. 1 at Keeneland, zipping five furlongs in :58. He is being pointed toward the one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Racing returns to Kentucky Downs Sept. 3

    KY Downs to Open With Loaded All-Turf Card

    Kentucky Downs will begin its lucrative five-day, all-turf meet Sept. 3 with four stakes—two of them for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs—worth a total of $1.4 million. The 10-race card saw 136 horses make the overnight.

  • Madame Cactus, owned by VinMar Farm, wins 2013 Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland

    Keeneland to Handle VinMar Dispersal

    VinMar Farm near Versailles, Ky., has decided to disperse, with horses to be sold at Keeneland’s September yearling sale and November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 8. St. George Sales will handle the dispersal.

  • War Front at Claiborne Farm

    War Front Gets 50th Black-Type Winner

    Central Kentucky sire War Front, currently the leading sire of juveniles in England and Ireland, and second on the U.S. list, got his 50th black-type winner Aug. 31 when Intelligence Cross captured the Round Tower Stakes (Ire-III) at the Curragh.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch's Suspension Sent Back to KHRC

    John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer and former chief steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, has won another round in his lentgthy court battle with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the convoluted Life At Ten case.

  • Lady Aurelia wins Prix Morny Aug. 21 at Deauville in France

    KY-Bred Lady Aurelia Victorious in Prix Morny

    Lady Aurelia kept her record perfect in three starts when leading all the way in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for juvenile colts and fillies Aug. 21 at Deauville.

  • Grade I winner My Conquestadory is to be offered in foal to Tapit.

    Conquest Stables Plans Full Dispersal

    Multiple graded stakes-winning owner Conquest Stables has announced it will have a complete dispersal of racing and breeding stock at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale this fall. Lane's End will act as consignor for Conquest Stables. 

  • Calvin Borel to Come Out of Retirement

    Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, who retired in March, will return to the saddle Aug. 27 at Ellis Park in western Kentucky. The three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning rider has 5,146 career wins.

  • Zenyatta's Full Brother Breaks Maiden

    De Coronado, a 3-year-old full brother of superstar mare Zenyatta, drastically cut back in distance and broke his maiden Aug. 14 at Dundalk in Ireland.

  • STATS, Equibase Announce Handicapping Product

    STATS LLC, the world's leading sports technology company, and Equibase Company, the Thoroughbred industry's official database, today announced the launch of a new interactive past performance product called STATS Race LensTM.

  • NTRA Annual Report 2015-2016

    NTRA Report Points to Steady Organization

    One of the highlights of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association annual report for fiscal year 2015-2016 is the feedback generated in its efforts to update rules on reporting and withholding of big pari-mutuel winning tickets.

  • Caravaggio wins the Keeneland Phoenix S.

    Unbeaten Caravaggio Blitzes Phoenix Field

    Caravaggio stayed unbeaten in winning the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 7 at the Curragh, in an effortless performance some observers said was no more than glorified workout for the Kentucky-bred Scat Daddy colt.

  • Difamante went from last to first in his career debut at Gulfstream Park.

    Difamante First Winner for Bullet Train

    Crestwood Farm freshman sire Bullet Train, a three-quarters brother to undefeated European champion and hot young sire Frankel, was represented by his first winner Aug. 6 when Difamante went from last to first in his career debut at Gulfstream Park.

  • Innovative Idea (left) gets the victory in the Groupie Doll

    Innovative Idea Takes Hold in Groupie Doll

    Innovative Idea yielded the early lead but regained top status when it mattered most to win the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) by a half-length over 28-1 longshot Emmajestic Aug. 6 at Ellis Park.

  • Recepta wins the 2015 Noble Damsel.

    Recepta in Stable Condition Day After Injury

    A day after graded stakes winner Recepta suffered a fractured pelvis while galloping at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Jimmy Toner reported that she is in comfortable and stable condition at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs.

  • Fly won the second race at Laurel Park in her debut.

    Ill-Fated Brilliant Speed Gets First Winner

    Grade I winner and deceased freshman sire Brilliant Speed, who was killed by lightning in his paddock at Three Chimneys Farm last month, was represented by his first winner Aug. 5 when Fly won the second race at Laurel Park in her debut.

  • Preemptive Strike wins Aug. 5 at Ellis Park

    Can Preemptive Strike Follow Half Brother?

    Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson's homebred 3-year-old colt Surgical Strike has banked $340,813 thus far, which bodes well for his half brother, Preemptive Strike, who broke his maiden in his second start Aug. 5 at Ellis Park.

  • Kentucky Derby week revenue increased this year

    CDI Reports 27% Increase in Net Income

    Continued growth in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fueled an increase in earnings for the racing segment of Churchill Downs Inc. in the second quarter of 2016.

  • Caravaggio wins the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot June 14, 2016

    Unbeaten KY-Bred Caravaggio Aims for Phoenix

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien's brilliant juvenile, Kentucky-bred Caravaggio, the early favorite for next year's Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I), is among the 10 entries for the €250,000 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh.

  • Ahh Chocolate wins Allaire du Pont at Pimlico

    Ahh Chocolate Primed for Groupie Doll Stakes

    Stoneway Farm's homebred Ahh Chocolate looks to bounce back from a fifth-place finish in the Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) when she returns for the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 6 at Ellis Park.

  • The Mercer County farm in central Ky.

    Charles Borell Enters Not Guilty Plea

    An attorney for Charles “Chuck” Borell on Aug. 1 entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf to 43 charges of second-degree animal cruelty in connection with the abandonment of horses at a farm in Central Kentucky.

  • Mo Tom wins Ohio Derby in June

    Cupid, Mo Tom in Full WV Derby Field

    Indiana Derby (gr. II) winner Cupid and Ohio Derby victor Mo Tom are among a field of 12, with another on the also-eligible list, entered for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

  • Blossom d'Orange wins Produccion Nacional at Maronas in Uruguay to become 1,000th winner for Barry Irwin's Team Valor International

    Team Valor Reaches 1,000th-Win Milestone

    Team Valor International reached a major milestone July 30 when Blossom d'Orange provided the 1,000th win for a partnership formed by Barry Irwin, scoring by five lengths in the Produccion Nacional (Uru-III) at Maronas in Uruguay.

  • Ruling Favors Historical Racing Graphics

    A Kentucky judge has ruled that the manner in which a race result is depicted on historical racing machines to determine if a player has won or lost is not a factor in whether the electronic form of gaming is legal.