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Keeneland, Churchill Downs reinforce commitment to safety with racing and training reforms

Keeneland and Churchill Downs have jointly announced major changes in racing and training policies to strengthen safety protocols at both race tracks. Reforms include mandatory veterinary inspections prior to workouts and race entry and enhanced reporting and transparency requirements for trainers and attending veterinarians with regard to the fitness of horses to work and race. These reforms also...

Kentucky racetracks applaud KHRC’s adoption of medication reforms in show of unprecedented unity

Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racetracks – Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs – united in their support of the medication reforms adopted Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC). Their passage demonstrates an unprecedented unity among Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing associations and a commitment to continue moving forward on initiatives that further...

Churchill Downs, Keeneland among leading horse racing organizations to launch safety coalition

KyForward staff The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations on Tuesday announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes. Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series of significant...

Churchill Downs Incorporated commits $50,000 to Volunteers of America to help women in recovery

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Derby City Gaming have announced a $50,000 donation to benefit Volunteers of America (VOA). The funds will be instrumental in building out VOA’s services in Manchester, Kentucky for women in treatment and recovery for substance use disorders. Churchill Downs staff spent the morning volunteering at VOA’s Shelby Street Campus in Louisville and meeting with some...

Churchill Downs applies to bring new $200M Latonia Racing & Gaming thoroughbred facility to NKY

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Churchill Downs has announced plans to build a new $200 million Latonia Racing and Gaming Facility in Northern Kentucky. The historic twin spires of Churchill Downs . Churchill Downs has announced plans to build a new $200 million Latonia Racing and Gaming Facility in Northern Kentucky and has requested racing dates traditionally reserved for Turfway Park in...

Churchill Downs announces changes to Derby Week parking and traffic plan; check website, apps for info

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, announced today its new parking and traffic plan for Derby Week and the launch of kentuckyderbyparking.com. Significant changes have been made ahead of the 2018 season to improve the arrival experience for guests planning to visit the historic track during Derby Week, which begins with Opening Night on Saturday,...

Churchill Downs announces $60 million investment for historical racing machine facility in Louisville

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Tuesday it is investing approximately $60 million to construct a state-of-the-art historical racing machine (HRM) facility in Louisville. The 85,000-square-foot facility will be built at 4520 Poplar Level Road—Churchill Downs’ former Trackside (also known as the former Sports Spectrum) site, and conveniently located less than half a mile from the Poplar Level...

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...

Coldest Oaks Day since 1940 results in upset win for Abel Tasman before big rain-soaked crowd

Fans braved an all-day rain and the coldest Oaks Day since 1940 Friday as Abel Tasman captured the 143rd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack. The dreary weather, which kept thousands of fans at home, still resulted in attendance of 105,100. The highest all-time attendance record for the Kentucky Oaks of 124,589 was set just last year under perfect...

Churchill’s gain of Sept. meet is Turfway’s loss as Kentucky racing gets significant makeover

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   The Kentucky Thoroughbred racing calendar will experience a significant makeover next month. For the first time in its 139-year history, Churchill Downs will host racing in September. And for the first time in its 59-year stand, Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky will do without.   Churchill Downs’ will host racing in September for the first...

Churchill Downs strengthens track’s security policies, expands screenings for Derby, Oaks

In light of the Boston Marathon bombing last week, Churchill Downs Racetrack is strengthening security and hospitality policies and expanding screenings for patrons, employees and vendors who will enter the track for the 139th runnings of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4, and the Kentucky Oaks Friday, May 3.   According to a release issued by the track, Churchill Downs and its law enforcement...

Churchill Downs strengthens track's security policies, expands screenings for Derby, Oaks

In light of the Boston Marathon bombing last week, Churchill Downs Racetrack is strengthening security and hospitality policies and expanding screenings for patrons, employees and vendors who will enter the track for the 139th runnings of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4, and the Kentucky Oaks Friday, May 3.   According to a release issued by the track, Churchill Downs and its law enforcement...