Tracks Seek Reduction in Race Dates

Most of Kentucky’s thoroughbred horse racing venues have asked for a reduction in racing dates next year. Churchill Downs actually reduced its racing dates by seven in the middle of the season this year, and officials have asked for an additional reduction of four dates. Spokesperson John Asher says the request is for a 42-day… Continue reading Tracks Seek Reduction in Race Dates

Wllliams: Beshear Is "The Slot Machine Governor"

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Gov. Steve Beshear’s attempts to win Democratic control of the Senate have “poisoned the political atmosphere” in Frankfort. Williams told reporters at the State Capitol there’s only one issue on Beshear’s mind…slot machines…and the governor will stop at nothing to bring slots to… Continue reading Wllliams: Beshear Is "The Slot Machine Governor"

Horse Industry Leaders Ponder Future of Racing

The effort to prop up Kentucky’s horse industry by allowing slot machines at racetracks may have failed in the General Assembly, but the future of the industry is still the topic of heavy discussion in Kentucky. A panel of industry experts spoke today at the monthly Louisville Forum. Racetrack owners say slots are needed to… Continue reading Horse Industry Leaders Ponder Future of Racing

UPDATE: Churchill Downs Proposing Changes Amid Lower Handle

Fewer horses are coming to race at Churchill Downs and that has officials considering changes. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Last week, one race was cancelled during each of the four days of racing at Churchill Downs because too few horses were entered to race. Horse industry officials say the reason is purses at Churchill Downs… Continue reading UPDATE: Churchill Downs Proposing Changes Amid Lower Handle

Kentucky Horse Industry Task Force Releases Final Report

A task force appointed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to look into the future of horse racing in the state has issued its final recommendations. The twelve-member panel says higher purses are critical to pushing the industry forward. A ‘purse’ is the money collected by the winners of a horse race. In Kentucky, purses have… Continue reading Kentucky Horse Industry Task Force Releases Final Report