Track photographer Pat Lang succumbs to cancer; captured many of horse racing’s historic moments

By John Engelhardt Special to the KyForward Surrounded by his family and longtime friend John Engelhardt, Patrick Lang died peacefully on a late Nov. 17. After more than 30 years of making photos from the finish line, track photographer Pat Lang had hung up his camera three years ago. Pat Lang as many horse racing fans remember him; with his camera, headed toward the finish line at Turfway Park (Provided...

Court is in Session: Six-time Ellis Park champion jockey Court looking for 600th win at track

Jon Court is a six-time Ellis Park champion jockey and the only rider ever to win the meet title five years in a row. The winner of 4,035 North American races (which does not include his victory in the $1 million Japan Cup Dirt in 2003) and more than $100 million in purses, Court remains a force at age 56. The next time Court wins at Ellis Park, it will be his 600th victory at the track. His career...

Record Kentucky Derby Week boosts Churchill Downs Spring Meet overnight purses by 10 percent

Effective Thursday, June 8, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purse offerings 10 percent thanks to record Kentucky Derby week business levels. Purses for overnight races – which include overnight stakes, allowance, maiden special weight, claiming and maiden claiming events – will rise by an approximate blended average of $3,209 per race. The field of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds passed...

Kentucky Derby: Owner, trainer, breeder Cameron expects tight race in Run for the Roses

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer The first Saturday in May is more than just the first weekend of the month, especially in Kentucky. For more than a century, the Kentucky Derby has been the center of attention in the Bluegrass State and all eyes will be on Churchill Downs Saturday for the 143rd running of the yearly event that attracts visitors from all over the world. Horse owner, trainer...

Year in Review: World of Thoroughbred racing was treated to an array of stars in 2016

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent The world of Thoroughbred racing was treated to an array of stars in 2016. Some were adding to past glory, some flickered and faded, and one rocketed from unknown to well known on championship day. Here is a look back on some of the highlights: The first of January is a pivotal day for Thoroughbreds because they officially turn a year older. The rising stars...

Kentucky by Heart: Get your horsey on by sampling some of these excellent equine-related books

By Steve Flarity KyForward columnist Lexington’s Keeneland Racecourse is currently in the midst of its spring meet and soon, on Saturday, May 7, the Kentucky Derby will run its historic race -—likely the most noted one in the world — at Louisville’s Churchill Downs. Both events will bring huge followings from far places, and The Horse as an iconic figure in the state’s attractions,...

Call to the Post: Keeneland Spring Meet opens Friday; Toyota Bluegrass set for Saturday

Racing returns to Keeneland on Friday with the start of the 2016 Spring Meet, headlined by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) during an opening weekend that features six graded stakes races worth $2.25 million. The Toyota Blue Grass and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) key a Saturday card that features top contenders for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively. In all, Keeneland’s...

Legislators hear pitch to bring new lottery game based on horse racing to Kentucky

One man’s quest to get the Kentucky Lottery Corp. to purchase a game of chance he conceived in an effort to promote and create additional revenue for Kentucky’s horse racing tracks has reached the General Assembly.   “I think anything we can do to help the horse racing industry is something we as a General Assembly ought to be interested in,” Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown,...

77th Ashland Stakes ends in dead heat with Rosalind, Room Service sharing the purse

Saturday’s 77th running of the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland was ruled a dead heat. (Photo from Keeneland.)   Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind and Gary and Mary West’s homebred Room Service could not be separated after a stretch duel to win in the 77th running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a sun-splashed crowd of 27,688 on Saturday afternoon at...

Medal Count, Albarado take Transylvania Stakes on breezy opening day at Keeneland

Jockey Robby Albarado guided Spindthrift Farm’s Medal Count to an opening day victory in the 26th running of the Transylvania Stakes Friday at Keeneland. (Photo from Keeneland.)   Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, under a rail-skimming ride from Robby Albarado, rallied for a 1¼-length victory over Picozza to win the 26th running of the $100,000 Transylvania for 3-year-olds before an opening-day...

2013 Review: Horse stories from the pens
of those who know the horse, storytelling

KyForward loves the horse and Kentucky’s rich horse culture and heritage. We value those who know the horse and choose to share that knowledge – and who also possess a gift for storytelling. Consider these gifted writers who shared wonderful work with us in 2013:   Liane Crossley   Writing about the greatest two minutes in sports, Liane told us of the odds against making it to...