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Equibase, Keeneland announce partnership to conduct pilot test for workout data using GPS

Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite technology. Equibase currently has GPS systems at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico, and is the official timer at those tracks. Equibase’s GPS technology partner,...

University of Kentucky equine career fair will connect students, employers March 6 at Spindletop Hall

By Emma Tilghman Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its 10th annual UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST March 6 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington. The fair is planned each year by students for students through a class within UK’s Equine Science and Management undergraduate degree program. This is a free event open to all college students...

Thoroughbred Charities, Jockey Club fund flight to provide supplies to horses in Puerto Rico

A Swift Air flight carrying nearly 20 tons of hay cubes and veterinary supplies departed from Miami at 4:30 a.m. Monday and landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico at approximately 7 a.m. The plane, funded by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Horses First Fund, is the result of a week-long effort undertaken by numerous equine groups to get aid to the more than 800 Thoroughbreds at...

UK equine science and management junior Witt first recipient of $15,000 Jockey Club Scholarship

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward University of Kentucky equine science and management and animal sciences junior Julianna Witt is the first recipient of The Jockey Club Scholarship. The Jockey Club Scholarship, which will cover Witt’s 2017-18 academic year of studies, provides $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher at any university...

Buffalo Trace named official bourbon of The Jockey Club’s America’s Best Racing program

Buffalo Trace Distillery, which has garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium bourbons and whiskeys, including nine different distillery titles since 2000, and America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multimedia fan development and awareness-building platform of The Jockey Club, announced a sponsorship naming Buffalo Trace the 2017 official bourbon of America’s Best Racing. Most recently,...

Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program to hold 2017 championships at Kentucky Horse Park

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) has announced it will be holding the inaugural T.I.P. Championships on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. There will be a total of 12 divisions for Hunters, Jumpers, and English Pleasure. Each of the 12 divisions will offer prize money of at least $1,000. The championships will take place as part of the New...

What’s in a name? Plenty, when it comes
to horses, as early Derby contenders prove

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   Most Kentucky Derby winners have majestic names worthy of their place in history. Others not so much.   This year’s prospects with qualifying Kentucky Derby points represent the usual array of monikers – from clever to curious and from powerful to perplexing. (Horses with qualifying points earned in designated races are given preference...

What's in a name? Plenty, when it comes to horses, as early Derby contenders prove

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   Most Kentucky Derby winners have majestic names worthy of their place in history. Others not so much.   This year’s prospects with qualifying Kentucky Derby points represent the usual array of monikers – from clever to curious and from powerful to perplexing. (Horses with qualifying points earned in designated races are given preference...

Lex What Wear: A day at the races – Saratoga style – proved to be both fashionable and fun

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Thanks to #AmericasBestRacing, I had an amazing Labor Day weekend at Saratoga Race Course in New York- and was able to check another thing of my Living in NYC bucket list. Along with a handful of New York City fashion bloggers, I took to the track in true blogger style (i.e., dress, heels, cocktails and a camera).   We started our adventure bright and...

Equine community to address racehorse welfare during annual summit in Lexington

The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that the fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Lexington, Ky.   Once again, the summit will be underwritten and coordinated by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and hosted by the Keeneland Association. The two-day workshop...

Nick Nicholson to receive Eclipse Award of Merit for industry achievements, leadership

Nick Nicholson The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters have announced that Nick Nicholson will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for his distinguished leadership and his achievements on behalf of the Thoroughbred industry.   Nicholson, of Lexington, will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit on Saturday, Jan. 19,...