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Construction is officially underway on a new venture by Churchill Downs racetrack. It’s investing $60 million in a historical racing facility in Louisville, called Derby City Gaming. Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site Wednesday. 

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  The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in New York has launched a new video project aimed at attracting new fans to thoroughbred racing and offering enthusiasts a rare look behind the scenes.

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Churchill Downs Incorporated and Keeneland Association announced Friday a partnership proposing the construction of two new racing facilities in Kentucky: one in Oak Grove and another in Corbin.

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With public interest in horse racing declining, the parent company of the Kentucky Derby has evolved into an entertainment enterprise built on gambling and social gaming platforms.

The Trump Administration gave the Tennessee Walking Horse industry some breathing room this week. A regulatory hold stalled a batch of new rules aimed at preventing abuse of the naturally high-stepping breed.

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Monday afternoon update:

On Monday, a judge heard arguments over the legality of a type of slot machine that bases outcomes on previously recorded horse races.

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Last year’s Triple Crown success of American Pharoah could cause increased interest in Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist’s chance of doing the same. 

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Keeneland opens its 2016 spring meet on Friday with new technologies for visitors new to the historic track. Keeneland spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the Race Day app now features a ‘bet simulator.’

The Man v. Horse Marathon starts out like a typical cross-country race. Hundreds of runners stream past the starting line, through the town of Llanwrtyd Wells and then up into the Welsh hills.

But 15 minutes later, a second set of competitors takes off. Fifty horses and their riders chase the runners up and down ridges, across streams, and past hundreds of bewildered sheep.

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Each year, along with hat shopping, forecast watching, and amateur handicapping, the Kentucky Derby brings with it a sense of the state’s rich history. But whose history is it?

Today’s thoroughbreds are piloted around the racetrack by jockeys who are mostly white and Latino. But in the early days of racing, black jockeys dominated.

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