Kentucky

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

  • Royal Son, who won the John Battaglia Memorial Feb. 28, starts from the rail in the Spiral.

    Royal Son Draws Rail in Wide-Open Spiral

    WinStar Farm's Royal Son, who already has a solid victory on Turfway's Polytrack surface, drew the rail and most likely will be favored to capture the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21.

  • Sharla Rae won the California Oaks on Feb. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.

    Bourbonette is Anybody's Ballgame

    The Pure Romance Bourbonette Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park is a 100-proof handicapping challenge with a full field of 3-year-old fillies going a mile on Polytrack.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signs Breeders' Cup Tax Exemption Bill.

    KY Governor Signs BC Tax Exemption Bill

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear March 17 signed into law a bill that will erase the state tax for on-track pari-mutuel handle on live races at Keeneland during the two days of the Breeders' Cup Oct.30-31.

  • Ogygian winning one of several races at Belmont Park.
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    Grade I Winner and Sire Ogygian Dies at 32

    Multiple grade I winner and sire Ogygian, the oldest resident at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., died March 14 because of complications from colic. The son of Damascus was 32.

  • Beholder

    Beholder Breezing Steadily For Return

    Beholder, the two-time champion and six-time grade I winner, went out for an easy six furlongs in 1:14 March 13, still preparing for a likely appearance in the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.

  • Ohio Begins Fact-Finding on Medication Policy

    As the Ohio State Racing Commission begins a comprehensive review of its medication rules and examines the National Uniform Medication Program, it has a hired a longtime veterinarian to consult on policies and procedures.

  • Record-Breaker Alchaasibiyeh Dies at Age 32

    Alchaasibiyeh, who set a world record when she sold for $3.75 million at the 1984 Keeneland July selected yearling sale, died at age 32 Thursday, March 12, at Elizabeth Mateo's Premier Sporthorses farm in Alpharetta, Ga.

  • Feds Continue Fight Against Bookmaking

    While it's difficult to determine if their efforts are making much of a dent in illegal bookmaking in the U.S., federal law enforcement officials have been busy the past few years prosecuting these sports wagering operations.

  • Day By Day

    Jockey Pat Day reached the pinnacle of the sport during his 30-plus-year career, but for all his accomplishments on the racetrack, including a victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, he is best-known for his personal testimony.

  • The Wilbur Award Trophy

    Blood-Horse Feature Wins Wilbur Award

    The story, written by Tom LaMarra, told the tale of Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day's personal journey to faith throughout his riding career. It is the third award-winning longform feature produced by Blood-Horse.

  • Grayson-Jockey Club Funds 19 Projects

    The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a budget of $1,100,500 to fund research in 2015, including 10 new projects, seven second-year projects, and two career development awards.

  • Regulation of Cobalt Slowly Moving Forward

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium may be close to recommending policy on the endogenous element cobalt, which when administered in high doses is believed to enhance production of red blood cells.

  • El Camino Real Derby winner Metaboss

    Metaboss Working Toward Spiral Start

    After a five-furlong workout in 1:00 4/5 March 5 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Jeff Bonde said Metaboss is scheduled to race next in the 1 1/8-mile $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.

  • Changes Possible on Federal Tax Withholdings

    Two federal agencies have issued a notice that opens the door to the possible addition of pari-mutuel gambling winnings to updated reporting and withholding requirements being developed for bingo, keno, and slot machines.

  • KY House Passes BC Tax Break Legislation

    Legislation that would provide a pari-mutuel tax break during the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland this fall passed the Kentucky House of Representatives by a vote of 80-11 March 2.

  • Main Sequence is one of 74 horses nominated to the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.
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    Wise Dan, Main Sequence Top Turf Classic Noms

    Defending winner and two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan and 2014 champion turf male Main Sequence are among 74 horses on the list of early nominees to the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Wise Dan at the barn in December.
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    Champion Wise Dan Back at the Track

    Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin tack-walking and is expected to undergo further evaluation in two to three weeks as to whether he will return to the races in 2015, trainer Charlie LoPresti said March 2.

  • The Great War

    The Great War No Longer Pursuing Derby

    The Great War, who was last of 10 in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park Feb. 28 after bleeding during the race, is no longer a candidate for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Royal Son cruises to victory in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park.

    Royal Son Easily Captures Battaglia Memorial

    WinStar Farm's homebred Royal Son found a change of scenery and equipment to his liking as evidenced by a strong front-end victory in the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at Turfway Park.

  • Caesars' Moves Impact Turfway, ThistleDown

    Media outlets in Cincinnati and Las Vegas report that Caesars Entertainment on Feb. 26 sold off enough of its interest in Turfway Park to Dan Gilbert's Rock Ohio Ventures to make Rock Ohio the majority owner of the track.