Keyword: Steve Beshear

  • Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    Beshear: Challenges Remain for Horse Industry

    Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, in comments that helped kick off the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association symposium Feb. 2, said horse racing and breeding in the state is strong, but challenges remain.

  • John T. Ward

    Ward No Longer KHRC Executive Director

    Former trainer John T. Ward has left his position as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the second major leadership departure at the regulatory agency since Matt Bevin assumed office as governor.

  • Breeders' Cup officially announced June 24 that Keeneland will host the event in 2015.

    Breeders' Cup: Churchill, NYRA Still Options

    A three-year plan of upcoming Breeders' Cup sites does not include eight-time host Churchill Downs or the New York Racing Association, a five-time host; but Cup officials said the schedule should not be seen as a snub.

  • Internet Gambling Settlement Awards Kentucky

    Kentucky has received a settlement of more than $6 million following its efforts to halt unregulated online gambling in the state. Five years ago Kentucky seized 141 domain names it said were used for unlicensed gambling.

  • Trainers' Dinner: Light Night, Tense Week

    Before an enthusiastic crowd of 500 at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Louisville, nearly all of the trainers with starters pointing for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) talked about their horses.

  • Phillips Named to Kentucky Racing Commission

    Darby Dan Farms owner John Phillips has been appointed to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as a replacement for John Ward Jr., who recently was hired as executive director of the regulatory agency.

  • Kentucky Senate Kills Gambling Amendment

    A measure authorizing a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling in Kentucky was defeated by the state Senate on a 21-16 vote the afternoon of Feb. 23. One senator was absent.

  • Gov. Steve Beshear and Sen. Damon Thayer at the hearing to discuss the expanded gaming bill.

    KY Senate Panel Approves Expanded Gaming Bill

    An amended bill that would authorize a constitutional amendment on allowing up to seven casinos in Kentucky was approved Feb. 22 by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government and will be sent to the full Senate.

  • KY Legislation: Up to 5 Racetrack Casinos

    Legislation introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly Feb. 14 authorizing a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling calls for up to seven casinos--up to five at racetracks--if it becomes law.

  • Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer

    Thayer Reveals Clients, Calls for Gaming Vote

    Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer reaffirmed his support for a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling Feb. 9, and in the wake of allegations he has conflicts of interest, released a client list for his consulting business.

  • Jockeys' Guild Seeks KY Legislative Support

    The Jockeys' Guild has sent letters to Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly, asking that jockeys not be forgotten when the legislature considers any changes in the laws concerning the equine industry.

  • KBIF to Distribute $10M in Awards

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced Feb. 18 that the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund will distribute $10 million in awards to 1,398 breeders of winning horses in eligible races around the world in 2010.

  • Randy Romero

    Romero, 3 Horses Honored in HOF Ceremony

    Jockey Randy Romero and three horses -- Azeri, Best Pal, and Point Given -- were among the class of 2010 inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame Aug. 13 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • (from left) Breeders' Cup Chairman William S. Farish, Jr., Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Breeders' Cup President and CEO Greg Avioli, and CDI President and CEO Bob Evans chat after announcement that Churchill Downs will host the 2011 Breeeders' Cup.

    Politics Colors Breeders' Cup Announcement

    When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and representatives of Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs announced the track was selected to host the World Championships in 2011, the lawmaker who pushed for tax breaks wasn't on hand.

  • Breeders' Cup president and CEO Greg Avioli (right) talks with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear after the announcement that Churchill Downs will host the Breeders' Cup in 2011.

    Avioli: BC to Remain at Major Tracks For Now

    By selecting Churchill Downs to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships for two years in a row (2010-11) the Breeders' Cup is sending a message it is unlikely the annual event will return to smaller venues.

  • Churchill to Make Major BC Announcement

    Churchill Downs, the host of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships and listed as a possible site for the 2011 event, will have a special announcement that will be attended by Breeders' Cup officials on June 11.

  • KY Democrat Webb Wins Special Election

    In a special election that had far-reaching ramifications for the Kentucky Thoroughbred industry, Democrat Robin Webb defeated Republican Jack Ditty Aug. 25 for an empty state Senate seat in northeasten Kentucky.

  • Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear rallies that crowd at the state capitol in Frankfort.

    KEEP Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

    Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    KY Gaming Debate Continues; Bill Introduced

    On the eve of the release of racetrack gaming legislation on the call for a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the state's top lawmakers debated the merits of the plan and indicated it won't be a slam dunk.

  • Damon Thayer

    KY Senator Suggests Instant Racing

    Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, who sponsored the legislation that resulted in Kentucky's Breeders' Incentive Fund, has inquired about another method of garnering funds for the state's Thoroughbred industry.

  • Keeneland September Sale

    Keeneland to Offer 2YO Steroid Testing

    Keeneland officials plan to expand their testing program for exogenous anabolic steroids in sale horses to include the April select juvenile auction. That decision came after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations Sept. 5 that ban the use of the common steroids boldenone, nandrolone, and testosterone in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses competing in Kentucky.

  • Task Force Discusses KY Drug Testing Lab

    In response to the horse industry's cries for more effective ways of regulating racehorse medications, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Robert Beck reported the possibility of the state obtaining its own laboratory facility.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Losing Gamble

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - Wallace Wilkinson did what the voters asked him to do. Steve Beshear did not.

  • An amendment for the Kentucky casino bill failed to pass out of committee Feb. 26.

    KY Casino Bill Fails to Pass

    A Kentucky casino proposal continues to sit on Capitol Hill in Frankfort, as a bill for a constitutional amendment failed to pass out of committee Feb. 26.

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    CDI Keeping an Eye on the Future

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 7.1% increase in net revenue for the third quarter of 2007, but realized a 62.9% decline in net earnings, as the company's chief executive voiced hope for the future on a variety of fronts during a Nov. 8 conference call.

  • Steve Beshear

    Beshear Is New Kentucky Governor

    Democrat Steve Beshear, who supports a referendum on casino gambling and made it part of his campaign, easily won the race for governor of Kentucky in the Nov. 6 election.

  • Beshear and Fletcher Continue Kentucky Casino Debate

    The topic of casino gaming that made for a heated Kentucky gubernatorial primary has continued to be the main force dividing Democratic candidate Steve Beshear and Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher as they look toward the general election in November.

  • KEEP Still Undecided on Push for Casino Gambling

    While the Kentucky Equine Education Project continues to lobby for legislation that would remove the sales tax on equine feed and supplies in Kentucky, a decision is pending in regard to whether the organization will again push for casino gambling at racetracks in 2008.

  • Tom LaMarra&lt;br&gt;News Editor

    Commentary: Take Route 2

    <i>By Tom LaMarra</i> - Gaming in West Virginia and other states has kept racetracks open, put money in horsemen's pockets, and encouraged breed development. Whether it has done anything to spark long-term interest in and stability for horse racing is dubious at best.