horse racing

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.

WFPL

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.

Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation paving the way for development of a new state lottery game that has an equine connection.  Proponents say the game would benefit the horse industry and school children.

Jason Phillips, Wikimedia Commons

Two Kentucky newspapers are reporting Keeneland will host the 2015 Breeders Cup World Championships.  Although not confirmed by the track or the Breeders Cup, reports in the Lousiville Courier Journal and Lexington Herald Leader cite sources indicating a formal announcement is expected later this month.  Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director David Metsger said Keeneland is a good fit for the Breeders Cup.

Wikimedia Commons

The founder of a thoroughbred retirement center in central Kentucky hopes to one day meet some of horses racing at Churchill downs this week. 

youtube

Larry Collmus will be the new race caller at Churchill Downs starting on April 26.

Among Collmus' duties will be announcing the Kentucky Derby on May 3. He becomes the seventh announcer at the historic track.

Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker said pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

Wikipedia

The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don't renew an online betting law that expires in January.

Jason Phillips / wikimedia commons

Keeneland will be featuring a number of new attractions and services at this year’s Spring Race Meet starting tomorrow. But one unwelcome change could be the amount of traffic – as major construction is set to continue on US60/Versailles Road for the next ten months. Keeneland spokesperson Julie Balog said state and local officials have been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to lessen the impact of the roadwork.

Wikipedia

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a bid from Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. to purchase a minority interest in Ellis Park.

The Gleaner reports Saratoga, which owns Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will pay $4 million in the deal that calls for a 30-percent ownership stake and oversight of all activities at the track, including the newly installed instant racing machines.

Pages