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Kentucky Equine Education Project welcomes Elisabeth Jensen as new executive vice president

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has tapped lifelong horse enthusiast and Race for Education co-founder Elisabeth Jensen as its new executive vice president. Joe Clabes, KEEP’s executive director since April 2015, is leaving KEEP to become a senior consultant and strategist with the business-management consulting firm Loch Harbour Group and to pursue other business opportunities in...

Churchill Downs breaks ground on new $60 million ‘Derby City Gaming’ facility, sets fall 2018 opening

Churchill Downs Racetrack broke ground Wednesday on its new $60 million historical racing machine facility in Louisville. Derby City Gaming, a state-of-the-art 85,000-square-foot facility, will open in fall 2018 at 4520 Poplar Level Road, Churchill Downs’ former Trackside location, also known previously as Sports Spectrum. The location is less than half a mile from the Poplar Level Road exit off...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, others object to Keeneland-Churchill Downs plan for new tracks

Staff report The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and other groups are pushing back on the plan announced by Churchill Downs and Keeneland to build two new racetrack facilities in Oak Grove and Corbin. A statement released by Franklin S. Kling Jr., president of the racing commission and Vice Chairman John C. Roach said the commission has said repeatedly it would not consider “any applications...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves transferring $1.65 million in purses to Ellis Park

A Kentucky Horse Racing Commission advisory committee on Tuesday approved transferring $300,000 in state-bred purse supplements from Kentucky Downs to Ellis Park for the Henderson track’s 2017 summer meet. The action of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund advisory committee, which must get final approval from the KHRC, paves the way for a total package of $1.65 million in purses and KTDF...

Bevin appoints Lexington’s Marcus Cheney to Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointment to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Dr. Marcus W. Cheney has been appointed to the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council. Cheney, of Lexington, is a veterinarian. Cheney will represent the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. He shall serve for a term expiring Aug. 1, 2020. The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council makes recommendations...

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 Horse Racing Commission reaches agreement in out-of-competition sample violation

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has reached an agreement with horse trainer and owner Otabek Umarov for a five-year suspension and $5,000 fine following his refusal to comply with equine drug testing regulations. On April 30, 2016, Umarov prevented Commission personnel from collecting an out-of-competition sample from his horse, Looks to Spare, at Churchill Downs. State regulations permit...

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,...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission sets committee structures, membership assignments

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced the committee structure and members for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. Some committees are established by statute or regulation and others are ad-hoc, but in every case, all committee meetings will be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. “We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated...

Bevin rounds out revamped Horse Racing Commission with three new appointees

Gov. Matt Bevin announced three additional members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).The latest appointments bring the newly established commission to full capacity with 15 members. KHRC executive director Marc A. Guilfoil said the new commissioners bring added expertise to an already talented group of commissioners. “I’m excited to have this group of individuals — who all love...

Revamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission includes Kling, Jones and former jockey Day

Twelve new members were named to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Gov. Matt Bevin also announced a revamped commission structure to enhance the focus on one of Kentucky’s signature industries. New members include retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, Breeders’ Cup Director Bret Jones, and Ken Jackson, founding member of the North American Standardbred Breeders Association. “These individuals...

Former ARCI vice president May named state supervisor of pari-mutuel wagering and compliance

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announces the appointment of Steve May as supervisor of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance. “The Commission is fortunate and excited for Steve to join our team,” said Marc Guilfoil, executive director of the KHRC. “He brings much experience and a deep knowledge of pari-mutuel wagering and the horse racing industry.” Steve May was appointed supervisor...

State Racing Commission releases Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive funds totaling $10.5 million

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced Friday the release of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds, totaling more than $10.5 million on nearly 4,000 races. KTBIF horses won 260 graded races in the U.S. and 31 group pattern races in Canada, England, France and Ireland. It was a successful year for Kentucky-breds with the biggest highlight coming from Triple Crown winner...

Bob Beck to step down as chair of Kentucky Horse Racing commission; Bevin to name replacement

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Chairman Robert “Bob” Beck announced today that he will step down from his post effective Dec. 7. Beck, who has chaired the KHRC since his appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2008, made his decision known at the December meeting of the KHRC. Bob Beck “This incredible opportunity to serve with a number of excellent industry leaders who are fellow members of the...

KHRC releases out-of-competition test results for Kentucky Oaks and Derby

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) today announced results of the more than 75 out-of-competition tests that were conducted on horses nominated to stakes races for Friday’s Oaks Day racing card as well as Saturday’s Kentucky Derby racing card. Testing was performed by LGC Science Group, Ltd. (formerly HFL Sport Science, Inc.), the KHRC’s official testing laboratory.   “I am...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission opens eligibility to mares for Kentucky Sires Stakes

Beginning with the 2014 breeding season, horses by resident mares will be eligible for the Kentucky Sire Stakes, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The Kentucky Sire Stakes is a culmination of a month-long series of preliminary races, with the biggest money earners getting a chance to compete in one of the richest finals in North America.   The Kentucky Sire Stakes is funded by...

Council recommends research fundingto Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to recommend funding for three research proposals, one of which involves retirement facilities for racehorses.   The nine-person council, which met Wednesday, will take their recommendations in June to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, an independent government agency. Funding would start July 1, said Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky’s equine medical...

Council recommends research fundingto Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to recommend funding for three research proposals, one of which involves retirement facilities for racehorses.   The nine-person council, which met Wednesday, will take their recommendations in June to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, an independent government agency. Funding would start July 1, said Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky’s...