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Local News
4:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Keeneland Wraps Up 'Phenomenal' Yearling Sale

Officials at Keeneland Race Course say the just-completed fall yearling sale was the most successful since before the recession.

Gross sales during its 12 days totalled more than $280 million, up more than 27 percent over last year.  

“After 2008, there were a lot of people thinking of getting out of the horse business.  They had lack of credit.  They had problems with their banks.  Now, all of sudden, they’ve weathered that storm and hopefully see a brighter horizon,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s Director of Sales.

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Local News
5:09 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Horse Trainer Dutrow Appealing New York Racing Ban

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Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. is asking New York's top court to overturn his 10-year ban by the state Racing and Wagering Board for equine drug violations, saying it raises substantial civil rights issues.

In asking the Court of Appeals to hear Dutrow's case, attorney Michael Koenig says it should decide whether the appearance of bias by racing board Chairman John Sabini cost the trainer his right to a fair proceeding.

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5:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks

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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 of our "Track Tech" series, WEKU’s Matt Laslo looks at the future of track material technology.


“Track Tech” is a collaboration between WEKU, Louisville Public Media, and N-P-R’s Innovation Trail.

5:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits

Arson Squad broke down during training and was sent to Rood and Riddle for a procedure that fused his fetlock (the joint above the hoof that acts as a shock absorber when a racehorse’s legs hit the ground).
Leslie Guttman