Stage Is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

Twenty horses are set to run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby. Three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert has the morning line favorite in this year’s race. Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, drew post position six in the crowded gate. The second early favorite is Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz (pictured), who’s back with his first […]

Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks

Each of the Triple Crown events—the Kentucky Derby, Maryland’s Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in New York—is run on a dirt track. Some in the horse racing industry want to end that tradition and lay down potentially-safer synthetic tracks. But with grandstands increasingly empty, critics say track owners are putting profits over safety. As part […]

Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits

According to the New York Times, 3,600 race horses have died at the nation’s tracks over the last three years. Modern technology might have saved some of those animals, but, in an industry that must worry about the bottom line, healing a horse is often too expensive. As part of our “Track Tech” series, WEKU’s […]

Keeneland’s Nicholson Announces Retirement

From Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington will undergo a changing of the guard late this summer with Wednesday’s announced retirement of President and CEO Nick Nicholson. Nicholson says he’s been thinking about stepping aside for some time now. “I’m going to be 65 years old in September and I could feel […]

Jockey Club Encourages Individual Tracks to List Fatality Statistics

Individual racetracks are being asked to post information on a new Web page that tracks equine fatality statistics. Since 2008, the Jockey Club has kept injury data in its Equine Injury Database. It represents some 93 percent of racing days for the past three years. But until recently there’s been no database for individual tracks. […]

Goldikova, Uncle Mo Among Breeders’ Cup Headliners

The 28th Breeders’ Cup Championships get underway tomorrow afternoon at Churchill Downs. The event includes 15 races over two days, featuring some of the world’s top thoroughbred champions. Breeders’ Cup President Craig Fravel says one of this year’s big story lines is the return of Goldikova, the six year old Irish mare seeking a fourth […]

Keeneland Fall Meet Sets Attendance Record

From Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio The just completed fall meet at Keeneland saw the largest number of race fans ever. Over its 17 days, just over 250,000 spectators visited the Lexington track, breaking a record set five years ago. Keeneland spokeswoman Julie Balog says the among of money gambled was up nine percent. “When […]

Record Number of Horses Pre-entered for 2011 Breeders’ Cup

Next month’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs are expected to include a record number of the world’s top thoroughbreds. Officials announced today that 193 horses have been pre-entered for the two-day event, which features 15 races and some $26 million in purse money. This is Churchill Downs’ eighth time hosting the Breeders Cup […]