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...

Belterra Park’s inaugural season honors past, keeps focus on the future as hybrid ‘racino’

Belterra Park combines Thoroughbred racing with a casino and entertainment facility. (Photo by John Engelhardt/Belterra Park)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   In some ways, nothing has changed at Cincinnati’s Thoroughbred racetrack. In other ways, everything has changed.   Now called Belterra Park, the reincarnation of historic River Downs opened in May as a racino—a...

Belterra Park's inaugural season honors past, keeps focus on the future as hybrid 'racino'

Belterra Park combines Thoroughbred racing with a casino and entertainment facility. (Photo by John Engelhardt/Belterra Park)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   In some ways, nothing has changed at Cincinnati’s Thoroughbred racetrack. In other ways, everything has changed.   Now called Belterra Park, the reincarnation of historic River Downs opened in May as a racino—a...

Ageless jockey Perry Ouzts continues his winning ways at new Belterra Park in Cincy

At the new Belterra Park near Cincinnati, jockey Perry Ouzts tops the leader board as he adds to his 6,261 winners. (Photo by John Englelhardt/Belterra Park)   By Liane Crossley Kyforward correspondent   Perry Ouzts is still a jockey because he likes to win. And he is exceptionally good at it. As he nears his 60th birthday, he ranks as one of Thoroughbred racing’s all-time leaders with...

Liane Crossley: Ohio’s alternative gaming having little effect on Ky. horse racing … so far

Horse racing fans purchased River Downs grandstand seats earlier this year in a most unusual way.   Instead of buying the chairs as afternoon rentals at the Cincinnati-area Thoroughbred track, fans bought them as permanent mementos of a historic property demolished to make way for a racino.   The limited offering of 300 seats, a fundraiser for retired racehorse care, signaled the end of an...

Alternative gaming at Cincinnati racetrack could bolster purses, lure Kentucky horses

River Downs' iconic clubhouse is the only thing not being torn down to make room for a new 'racino' - a racetrack/casino operation. (Photo by MIchael Monks)   By Liane Crossley KyForward contributor   The concept is simple—offer big prize money and racehorses will come.   For Kentucky-based Thoroughbred owners and trainers, that often means venturing to other regions to capitalize...