Trainer Mike Maker gets career win 2,000 at Turfway Park Thursday with a horse owned by the Ramseys

Trainer Mike Maker scored his 2,000th career victory Thursday, as Tomahawk Kitten scored his first, cruising home a 4 1/4-length winner in the first race at Turfway Park. Maker (file photo) Fittingly, Tomahawk Kitten was bred and is owned by Maker’s longtime clients Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The 2-year-old colt sat off the pace down the backstretch of the one-mile maiden claiming race, swept five wide...

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...

Turfway Park announces changes to stakes schedule; Spiral Stakes purse cut, KY Cup Classic returns

Turfway Park will open its 59th season Nov. 29 with upgrades to its most important day of racing as well as modifications to its stakes schedule, General Manager Daniel “Chip” Bach announced today. Chip Bach One significant change is the resurrection of the Kentucky Cup Classic, to be run on the Spiral Stakes (G3) undercard. Last run in 2011 as a Grade 2 race, the Kentucky Cup Classic trophy has...

Fast and Accurate, 24-1 longshot, posts steady, commanding win in Spiral Stakes at Turfway

Bettors sent Fast and Accurate off at 24-1 in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday and the colt obliged with a confident, three-quarter length win, giving owner Kendall Hansen another shot at the Run for the Roses. A designated points race for the Kentucky Derby (G1), the 1 1/18-mile Spiral offers 50 points to the winner. Fast and Accurate is not nominated...

Kitten’s Cat installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite in Saurday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway

Oddsmaker and national racing commentator Mike Battaglia has made Kitten’s Cat the 4-1 morning line favorite in the Grade 3 $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park. The draw was held at the casino Wednesday as the featured event of the annual Call to the Post luncheon. Trained by Joe Sharp for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Kitten’s Cat will break from post eight in the 12-horse...

KEEP Day gives legislators a chance to discuss the importance of the horse industry to state economy

Kentucky equine-industry participants and supporters got the chance to emphasize the important impact horses have on the state and local economies during visits with state legislators on KEEP Day in Frankfort, organized by the Kentucky Equine Education Project. Several dozen stakeholders in Kentucky’s $4 billion horse industry told an array of lawmakers their individual stories and advocated for...

Kentucky HBPA, Turfway Park combining to present betting basics in ‘happy hour’ handicapping session

Turfway Park and the Kentucky HBPA are teaming up March 3 for Happy Hour Handicapping, an interactive event where people who love racing, horses or just a good time can learn the basics of playing the races and take a first look at Kentucky Derby contenders. The free event is part of that week’s Rockin’ Dollar Friday at Turfway, featuring live racing, one-dollar draft beer, hot dogs and bets as...

Richmond native Sebastian gets win at Turfway Park in first start as Thoroughbred owner

A little girl’s love of horses led to the winner’s circle decades later when the filly K Lyn Wins won the third race at Turfway Park Thursday, Feb. 16, giving Julie Sebastian her first win as a Thoroughbred owner with her first starter. “My aunt had a farm when I was a little girl, and I always wanted to take care of her horses and pet them,” Sebastian said. “It’s literally a dream come...

State’s Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund awards nearly $10.8 million to Kentucky breeders

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced Tuesday the release of the 2016 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF). The 2016 awards total approximately $10.8 million for Kentucky breeders. The KBIF was implemented in 2005 to ensure the strength of Kentucky’s equine industry by awarding funds to individuals that choose to breed a thoroughbred in Kentucky. In order to qualify,...

Case of Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 identified at Turfway Park; horses confined in affected barn

The Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian has identified a case of Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 ‘wild strain’ in a 4-year-old Thoroughbred filly who was stabled at Turfway Park from Oct. 30 through Jan. 19. The virus was detected by a nasal swab collected as the filly was being moved to a private facility to prepare for breeding; she is now in isolation. All horses in Turfway’s Barn 27, where...

Turfway boosting Perry Ouzts for National Racing Hall of Fame; has ridden in nearly 49,000 races

In support of a grassroots effort to bring 62-year-old Thoroughbred jockey Perry Ouzts to the attention of the National Racing Hall of Fame, Turfway Park will honor the local rider and his continuing 43-year career with Perry Ouzts Day on Friday, Jan. 6. The day’s fourth race will be named for Ouzts, with a presentation in the winner’s circle to follow.   Ouzts ranks 11th by career wins among...

Cold weather leads Turfway Park to cancel Thursday’s live racing card; simulcasting open

Due to expected frigid temperatures, Turfway Park in Florence has canceled live racing for Thursday, Dec. 15. The track will remain open for simulcasting. Tufrway Park General Manager Chip Bach said on Turfway’s Horseman’s page that he wanted to make sure there were no forecast changes before the decision to cancel was made. Live racing is expected to resume Friday, Dec. 16, at the usual first...

‘Best effort’ gives siblings odds-defying feat of taking top two spots in Turfway Park race

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward A rarity for which there are no statistics occurred on Dec. 3 at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky when four-legged sisters finished first and second in the Holiday Inaugural Stakes. The chances of the two horses even being in the same race are astronomical especially since one was sold twice at public auction and could have been campaigning far from her Kentucky...

Battle over Historical Racing continues; machines in use at Kentucky Downs, planned for Turfway Park

Special to the KyForward from the Paulick Report Attorneys representing both sides in the debate over historical racing were back in court this week, arguing whether the machines currently in use at Kentucky Downs comply with the regulations that govern the games. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the debate centers around the type of race replay used for the machines – actual video of...

UK, Jockeys’ Guild announce three-year study on concussion management protocol for jockeys

The University of Kentucky and the Jockeys’ Guild Monday announced a three-year pilot study, supported by a broad cross-section of Thoroughbred organizations, that is designed to evolve into the first comprehensive concussion management protocol for jockeys. Carl Mattacola, the director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program and a professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of...

Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide and former pal Cunningham reunited in Kentucky Horse Park roles

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent Everyone has coworkers who evolve into friends despite circumstances that pull them apart. For Ronan Cunningham, equine operations director at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, his peer-turned-pal is, not surprisingly, a horse. But not just any horse. Cunningham oversees the daily care of about 100 steeds at the Kentucky Horse Park and while he says he...

Turfway Park rejoins Kentucky Equine Education Project advocacy group

Turfway Park Race Course will rejoin the Kentucky Equine Education Project, the horse industry advocacy group and track announced Monday. Located in Florence, KY, Turfway Park provides 100 year-round jobs to the Northern Kentucky area and their workforce grows to 300 during the four months in which they host live racing. “Having had the opportunity to get to know Turfway’s ownership group and...

Turfway Park announcer Mike Battaglia leaving the booth to become track’s associate vice president

Mike Battaglia, will step down from the announcer’s booth to assume the role of associate vice president at the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred race track, effective March 12. Battaglia’s association with Turfway Park stretches back almost half a century. He will serve as the track’s ambassador, teaching the art and science of handicapping, engaging fans and helping to promote the track to horseplayers. Turfway...

Turfway Park gets go-ahead to install up to 250 historical racing machines; timetable not determined

Turfway Park received approval to install up to 250 historical racing machines at Tuesday’s Kentucky Horse Racing Association meeting. The machines, which are similar to slot machines in appearance, use historical racing data to generate random numbers that determine winners. The devices, which are also called historical racing machines, use data from previously run, but anonymous races to determine...

Kentucky’s Cup Connection: Breeders’ Cup CEO Elliston a familiar face around state racing scene

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Horse-racing savvy Kentuckians headed to Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships this weekend are likely to see a familiar face strolling the famed track’s hallowed grounds. Robert N. “Bob” Elliston, who was president and CEO of Turfway Park in Florence for 13 years beginning in 1999, has been chief operating officer for the Breeders’ Cup...