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Bowies Hero wins $1m Shadwell Turf for Breeders’ Cup berth; Keeneland smashes Pick Five mark

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing and Madaket Stables’ Bowies Hero emerged from a crowded pack in the stretch to win the 34th running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length before a chamber of commerce Saturday afternoon crowd of 26,567. Keeneland smashed its Fall Meet all-sources and Pick Five wagering records, both set on Fall Stars Saturday...

1958 BMW Roadster named best of show at Keeneland’s 15th annual Concours d’Elegance

A 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster was named Best of Show at the 15th annual Keeneland Concours d’Elegance at the historic Keeneland Race Course. The show field featured three classes of this year’s featured marque, BMW, as well as classes of horse-drawn carriages and modified examples of modern sports cars and hatchbacks. The cars on display ranged from a 1910 Oakland “30” Model...

Keeneland Concours d’Elegance returns July 19-21 with classic cars and classic Kentucky hospitality

It will be a weekend of horsepower in the Horse Capital of the World July 19-22, as Keeneland’s Concours d’Elegance returns to the Bluegrass. Since it began in 2004, the Concours d’Elegance has become a community event with national participation. This year, over 160 cars from brass era steamers to exotic future classics will compete at one of Kentucky’s iconic horse racing venues, Keeneland...

Sports Concussions: What about the jockeys? UK researcher’s pilot project could be the answer

By Laura Wright and Allison Perry Special to KyForward It’s the fifth race on a beautiful, sunny day at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington and the jockeys are on their mounts up in the gates. The bell rings and the horses spring forward, looking for the perfect spot from which to make their charge. At the second turn, the No. 8 horse stumbles and recovers, but its jockey tumbles to the dirt. He sits...

Concours d’Elegance returns to Keeneland Saturday, proceeds benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital

2016 Concours d’Elegance The annual Concours d’Elegance returns to Keeneland Saturday, July 15, showcasing more than 160 of the finest collector vehicles in the country. From vintage antiques to modern marvels, rare automobiles, motorcycles and other unique vehicles will be on display as they are judged for historical accuracy and presentation. Each class winner and runner-up will receive...

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...

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,...

‘Hidden gambling problem’ among vets, service members focus of week-long effort

Responsible Gaming Education Week is a cooperative effort by Kentucky’s gaming businesses, which includes casino, lottery, horse racing and charitable gaming interests. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)   According to a joint program of public-private gaming officials, many U.S. military veterans and active-duty service members have a hidden gambling problem. Next week’s 2014 Responsible...

Get into the horsey spirit as spring blossoms in Kentucky, the epicenter of equine activities

Spring arrives in Kentucky with many fun equine activities and major equestrian events. (Photo from Kentucky Department of Travel)   With spring’s arrival, Kentucky emerges as the equestrian epicenter, as horse lovers from around the world converge on the Bluegrass State for Thoroughbred racing and sales, the Rolex Three-Day Event, the Kentucky Reining Cup and – yes – partying.   First,...