thoroughbred racing http://wfpl.org en The Breeders' Cup Is Officially Coming to Keeneland Race Course http://wfpl.org/post/breeders-cup-officially-coming-keeneland-race-course <p>The Breeders' Cup is returning to Kentucky for the first time since 2011—but this time the races won't be in Louisville.</p><p>Lexington's Keeneland Race Course next year will host the Breeders' Cup for the first time, the Lexington-based racing championship series announced Tuesday.</p><p>The races will be run Oct. 30 and 31, 2015.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The thoroughbred racing championships have been run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the last three seasons.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:40:54 +0000 Michael Homan 9630 at http://wfpl.org The Breeders' Cup Is Officially Coming to Keeneland Race Course The Breeders' Cup Will Be Run at Keeneland http://wfpl.org/post/breeders-cup-will-be-run-keeneland <p>The Breeders' Cup is coming to&nbsp;Keeneland&nbsp;Race Course.</p><p>Citing unnamed sources, The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday morning that the Breeders' Cup, one of thoroughbred racing's most notable annual events, would be held at the Lexington in 2015, Santa Anita in 2016 and Del Mar in 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders' Cup eight times and delivered its most successful dates in attendance and betting handle. <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2014/06/17/exclusive-breeders-cup-coming-keeneland/10660883/">The C-J's Gregory Hall reports:</a></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:26:06 +0000 Staff 9584 at http://wfpl.org The Breeders' Cup Will Be Run at Keeneland How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown? http://wfpl.org/post/how-good-are-california-chromes-chances-winning-triple-crown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've spent the past couple days exploring the Triple Crown—why</span><a href="/post/why-hasnt-racehorse-won-triple-crown-1978" style="line-height: 1.5;"> it's been decades since a horse has won it, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and why the series may change to</span><a href="/post/should-triple-crown-be-changed-reflect-todays-horse-racing" style="line-height: 1.5;"> reflect the thoroughbred industry's contemporary culture.</a></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9514 at http://wfpl.org How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown? Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders http://wfpl.org/post/post-positions-california-chrome-and-10-other-belmont-stakes-contenders <p>Ten horses are expected to challenge California Chrome's bid Saturday to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.</p><p>Post positions and odds were set Wednesday in Elmont, New York.&nbsp;</p><p>California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is the favorite at 3-5. Wicked Strong, the Derby fourth-place finisher, is the second choice at 6-1.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are the runners, jockeys and odds for the 11 horses running in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:25:48 +0000 Joseph Lord 9492 at http://wfpl.org Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders California Chrome Wins Kentucky Derby http://wfpl.org/post/california-chrome-wins-kentucky-derby <p>The favorite California Chrome is the winner of the 140th Kentucky Derby.</p><p>Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome surged past the leading pack in the stretch Saturday at Churchill Downs.&nbsp;</p><p>Though the favorite at 5-2, the horse entered the race with <a href="http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/05/03/137206/a_black_sheep_crashes_the_kentucky_derby?source=npr&amp;category=u.s.">an underdog storyline</a>—bred for little money and trained by the relatively obscure 77-year-old Art Sherman.&nbsp;</p><p>Commanding Curve finished second and Danza finished third.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 22:54:58 +0000 Joseph Lord 9267 at http://wfpl.org California Chrome Wins Kentucky Derby Keeneland Wraps Up 'Phenomenal' Yearling Sale http://wfpl.org/post/keeneland-wraps-phenomenal-yearling-sale <p>Officials at Keeneland Race Course say the just-completed fall yearling sale was the most successful since before the recession.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gross sales during its 12 days totalled more than $280 million, up more than 27 percent over last year. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:00:09 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 6945 at http://wfpl.org Keeneland Wraps Up 'Phenomenal' Yearling Sale Horse Trainer Dutrow Appealing New York Racing Ban http://wfpl.org/post/horse-trainer-dutrow-appealing-new-york-racing-ban Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:09:47 +0000 Rick Howlett & The Associated Press 1691 at http://wfpl.org Horse Trainer Dutrow Appealing New York Racing Ban Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks http://wfpl.org/post/safer-synthetic-tracks-slow-catch-us-tracks <p>Each of the Triple Crown events&mdash;the Kentucky Derby, Maryland&rsquo;s Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in New York&mdash;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 of our &quot;Track Tech&quot; series, WEKU&rsquo;s Matt Laslo looks at the future of track material technology.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 112 at http://wfpl.org Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits http://wfpl.org/post/costly-care-racehorses-must-be-weighed-against-profits <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 91 at http://wfpl.org Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits