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TVG, Jockeys’ Guild announce telethon For Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Sunday

Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7, as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America’s Horse Racing Network. Last year was a great success with nearly $230,000 raised. “2018 was an amazing success and we’re looking forward to beating that total” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG. “The recent...

Meeting at Breeders’ Cup World Championships brings friends who were strangers together

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A group of “friends’ who had never met got together at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs this weekend. They were brought together through the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Discussion (T.H.R.D.) Facebook page, which was formed in June of 2017. Some horse racing fans who had only communicated through the Facebook group Thoroughbred Horse...

Jockey Perry Ouzts gets 7,000th career win, celebrates milestone with old friend at Belterra

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Fans didn’t have to wait long to see jockey Perry Ouzts get career win 7,000 at Belterra Park in Cincinnati Friday. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.1'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,...

Commentary: Non-political stance focuses Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels on service to needy

By Pat Day, Bill Samuels, Jr. and Sherry Crose As politics can get in the way of doing good things, we would like to bring attention to an historic Kentucky organization that remains a non-political, charitable group dedicated to helping the neediest – the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC). Pat Day First let’s clarify a few things. Many, even some appointed Colonels, think the title is...

Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund, TVG team up for first-ever telethon to support injured riders

The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) has announced its first telethon on Sunday, April 8, live on the TVG Network, in association with Betfair. “We are excited to be working with the Jockeys’ Guild to raise money and awareness for this important cause,” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG. “The recent death of Jose Flores is a tragic reminder of the risks jockeys take every time someone gives...

Over 1,000 join Bevin for 51st annual Kentucky Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

Approximately 1,000 elected officials, community leaders and private citizens from across the Commonwealth joined Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday for the 51st annual Kentucky Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Frankfort Convention Center. Bevin encouraged participants “to not simply call out to God when things are great and we want to thank Him or when things are tough and we need help,” but rather to...

Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event set for Kentucky Horse Park on Sept. 30

The fourth annual Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Covered Arena on Friday, Sept. 30. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents the 2016 Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning competition, presented by Merial. This exciting event pairs two amateur riders with a celebrity guest rider to compete to see who has the skills and bravery to pen...

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...

Churchill Downs moves Derby Trial off opening day, renames race to honor Pat Day

Churchill Downs Racetrack will honor two riding greats with stakes races – one renamed and another that is new – during its 2015 Spring Meet, which spans 38 days from Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, June 27.   To no surprise, a sextet of Grade I races highlights the nine-week stand but none are more prominent than the 141st runnings of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands...

All things Secretariat come to Bourbon Co. in three days of Triple Crown-winning festivities

The horse portraying Secretariat in the Disney movie will be on screen at the Bourbon County Drive-in on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 p.m. The actor who portrayed the winning jockey, Ron Turcotte, will also be on hand to meet festival goers. (Photo from Secretariat the movie/Facebook)   The seventh annual Bourbon County Secretariat Festival in Paris runs from Thursday, Sept. 18, to Saturday, Sept....

Equine demonstrations, family activities return to Alltech Arena during Ky. Round-Up

The Kentucky Round-Up provides a fun weekend activity where families can learn more about horses. (Photo from Kentucky Horse Council)   Kentucky Round-Up 2014, hosted by the Kentucky Horse Council on Feb. 15 and 16 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, presents a full schedule of equine demonstrations, exhibits and activities for families, children, new horse owners and advanced...