Louisville owner Bob Stallings died Monday, March 15, at his home after battling brain cancer.
A subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has unanimously recommended that anabolic steroids be banned in horse racing in the state.
Bernie Hettel has reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and others, based on an apology from the agency in regard to actions taken after his 2004 departure as executive director of the former Kentucky Racing Commission.
The state Office of Inspector General has been asked to review reports that are said to show the former Kentucky Racing Commission failed to take action on drug positives called by a testing facility in 2002-03.
A Kentucky legislative subcommittee, now squarely involved in the debate over changes to the state's equine medication policy, has requested records from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority that are said to show officials with the old Kentucky Racing Commission didn't take action for drug positives called by the laboratory that conducted the tests.
Though the old Kentucky Racing Commission has been called "messy and sloppily run," with lax management and a disregard for standard business practices, the organization did nothing that calls for involvement by law enforcement agencies, according to an audit report released June 22.
The results of an audit into operations of the old Kentucky Racing Commission will be released June 22 at the state capitol in Frankfort.
The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission has found the former executive director of the Kentucky Racing Commission violated state law when he accepted a job at Churchill Downs, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Jim Squires, breeder of Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, loves the Thoroughbred business but isn't afraid to say it's not in the best of health in Kentucky.
The former executive director of the abolished Kentucky Racing Commission could face ethics charges because he accepted a position as a consultant with Churchill Downs, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Bernie Hettel, the former chief state steward and executive director of the defunct Kentucky Racing Commission, has been hired by Churchill Downs as a consultant on racing issues.
The University of Kentucky's equine drug research program, funded by pari-mutuel handle under the auspices of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, apparently has been suspended indefinitely.
Michael "Mickey" Sample has been named interim chief racing steward for the Keeneland spring meet that begins April 2, said LaJuana Wilcher, secretary of the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.
An amendment to require the new 13-member Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to have no more than seven members of the same political party isn't expected to thwart Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher's plans, a state senator said March 25.
Legislation to establish the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and move it under the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet was passed by the state Senate Feb. 24 and sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority are still getting an introduction to their new roles, but that didn't stop them from changing a notable racing rule during a Feb. 16 meeting. Eleven of the 12 members present voted to temporarily suspend the rule that mandates what type of helmets jockeys must wear.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, created in early January by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, will meet for the first time Feb. 5.
By Jim Squires -- Being both an incurable reformer and a glutton for punishment, it is hard not to be envious of the opportunity Gov. Ernie Fletcher has given his newly constituted Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
The new Kentucky Horse Racing Authority includes several individuals with ties to the Thoroughbred industry. The authority replaces the Kentucky Racing Commission, which was abolished Jan. 6 by Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
The debate over whether Kentucky should implement a restrictive race-day medication policy heated up Nov. 18 with calls by racetrack veterinarians and trainers to keep the current policy intact, and allegations that the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is carrying out an agenda in secret.
Republicans have expressed dismay with Gov. Paul Patton's reappointment of eight members and appointment of three new ones to the Kentucky Racing Commission in the final month of his term, and they have called on the commissioners to resign. All but one of the terms expired, some several years ago.
Racing industry officials in Kentucky are taking a wait-and-see approach in the wake of the election of Republican Congressman Ernie Fletcher as governor, but a few said Fletcher's representation of the horse industry in Washington, D.C. bodes well for Kentucky.
The Miami Herald, in a short notice that appeared in its Nov. 1, edition, said a misunderstanding occurred between a writer and jockey Jose Santos in connection with a story that questioned whether Santos carried an electrical device in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The Kentucky Racing Commission granted final approval of 2004 race dates Oct. 28 at a contentious meeting at which Ellis Park was granted a six-day racing week, and The Red Mile was awarded Quarter Horse dates despite objections from the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association's attorney.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council agreed in principal to allocate $350,000 for research to develop tests for presence of the drugs Inolin and Dizocilpine.
At an Oct. 21 open forum on Kentucky's equine medication policy, nearly everyone agreed the state should be part of a national effort to attain uniformity. However, opinions varied widely when it came to just what that policy should include.
As Kentucky prepares to open a major debate on a proposed policy that would allow only Salix on race day, a high-profile trainer who races in major jurisdictions believes in a common-sense approach -- and he also said the industry must realize drugs aren't the only problem. Meanwhile, another top Kentucky trainer believes race-day therapeutic medication is essential.
The Kentucky Racing Commission has approved extensive drug testing in conjunction with the American Graded Stakes Committee mandate that it be implemented in order for stakes to retain their grades.
Registration fees for eligible Kentucky-breds will jump by 50% to 100% under a plan approved Oct. 2 by the Kentucky Racing Commission at the request of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.
The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission has advocated a Salix-only policy on race day in the state, and said he would schedule meetings around the state to get feedback. Currently, five medications are permitted on race day in Kentucky.
With time running out to obtain 2004 dates, the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association board of directors met Sept. 6 to discuss whether to accept an offer by a Standardbred track to host some Quarter Horse races, and it also got unexpected support from a Thoroughbred breeder.
The Kentucky Racing Commission and the Kentucky Equine Drug Council in October will consider the mandate by the American Graded Stakes Committee that enhanced drug testing be implemented by next year in order for stakes to maintain their grades.
Representatives from Kentucky's racetracks submitted their preliminary applications for 2004 racing dates to members of a subcommittee of the Kentucky Racing Commission Sept. 2. The Thoroughbred schedule is typical, but there are other proposed changes.
The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, in an Aug. 5 report, suggested the Kentucky Racing Commission do away with the executive director's position on its Backside Improvement Commission, maintain a special account for private purchases, and reduce the number of individuals who receive pins that previously allowed them access to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Racing Commission has been sued for a former employee who said she found violations by other commission employees and reported them, and then was fired.
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.
The Kentucky Racing Commission has approved an agreement with the University of Kentucky for the college to apply for accreditation of its Animal Drug Testing Program and better monitor projects and control related costs.
Funny Cide's trainer Barclay Tagg responded with indignation to the Kentucky Racing Commission investigation into whether rider Jose Santos may have been carrying an illegal object when he rode the New York-bred to victory in last Saturday's Run for the Roses.
Officials for the Jockeys' Guild indicated Friday the controversy surrounding the Guild patch worn by the jockeys in the Kentucky Derby is without merit and the action will be defended.
The Kentucky Racing Commission has summoned 14 of the 16 jockeys that rode in the Kentucky Derby to appear before the Churchill Downs stewards May 16 for wearing a "Jockeys Guild" logo on their pants in apparent violation of the Kentucky rules of racing.
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.
The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission says an investigation of a personal services contract awarded for a review of drug research is an attack on the racing commission and Thoroughbred industry in the state.
Kentucky officials will consider regulations for use of shock-wave therapy in racehorses and also whether money for equine drug research should be spent on establishing threshold levels and withdrawal times for permitted medications.
Two bills that would permit officials in Kentucky to spend money on equine drug research out of state were withdrawn from consideration in the state House of Representatives.
Two bills introduced in the Kentucky legislature would permit officials to spend money on drug research pertinent to the horse racing and breeding industries out of state if they so desire. Current statute mandates the money stay at Kentucky research facilities.
Legislation authorizing Quarter Horse racing and simulcasting has been introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
A campaign to bring about changes in equine drug research in Kentucky has spilled over into the public and political arenas with a call for legislative action.
The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts has issued recommendations in the wake of an examination of the activities of the Kentucky Health and Welfare Fund, formed in 1978 to provide assistance to Thoroughbred racing personnel and their families.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager will return to Churchill Downs this year, as will a new bet tied to the Kentucky Oaks.
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