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 […]

Fourteen To Run In 136th Preakness Stakes

The second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will be run tomorrow at Baltimore’s Pimlico racetrack. A field of 14 is entered in the Preakness Stakes. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is the early favorite at 2-1. He’ll run from post position 11. The second favorite, at 9-2, is Dialed In. The Nick Zito-trained horse […]

Twelve Set To Run In Preakness

A field of 12 will run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver is the early Preakness favorite, with 5-2 odds and drew the number eight post position. The second favorite, at 3-1 is Lookin’ at Lucky, which was the early Derby favorite but finished […]

Churchill CEO Renews Call For Slots

The CEO of Churchill Downs, Incorporated says his company will continue to push for expanded gaming to benefit its tracks in Kentucky and Illinois. Bob Evans told shareholders in a conference call Thursday that the financial gap between tracks that have casino-type gaming and those that only offer racing is growing. “The solution for tracks […]