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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.

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Beshear implements horse racing regulation

Aug 31, 2012
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is using his executive authority to implement a regulation allowing only government veterinarians to administer race-day drugs to horses.  Thursday’s action comes days after the proposed regulation appeared stymied by objections from state lawmakers.  Beshear says it's in the racing industry's interest to let the rule take effect.  Republican State Senator Damon Thayer praised the governor’s action.  He says it sends the message that Kentucky will be at the forefront of efforts to change perceptions about the use of drugs in horse racing.  The regulation woul

The heat wave gripping the area has forced Churchill Downs to revise its weekend live racing schedule.

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a ruling that would have allowed instant racing at horse tracks in Kentucky. But the court is not saying instant racing is illegal.

In an attempt to gain fans, Churchill Downs Incorporated is adopting a new points system for entry into the Kentucky Derby and will cut the number of qualifying stakes races considered for entry from 185 down to 36.

"Our primary driving motive is to create new fans for horse racing," said CDI chair and CEO Bob Evans in a press release.

The post positions are set for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the third leg in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. 

Track Tech Equine Health

May 11, 2012
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We’re in Triple Crown season with the Preakness next Saturday. Some of the finest equine health care in the world is centered in the Kentucky Bluegrass, and advances in veterinary medicine give those who can afford it an edge at the track. Kentucky Public Radio’s Leslie Guttman reports on how advances in veterinary medicine give those who can afford it an edge at the track.

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Records in both overall and single day attendance were broken this spring at Keeneland Race Course.   Over 40,000 people visited the Lexington facility on April 14th for the Bluegrass Stakes.  In total, spokeswoman Amy Gregory says over 269,000 people were in the stands during the 15-day meet.

“We’ve actually been very blessed with some terrific weather this spring.  And, we’ve had just some fantastic racing, the support of our horsemen has been wonderful.”

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