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Local News
1:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Breeders' Cup Is Officially Coming to Keeneland Race Course

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The Breeders' Cup is returning to Kentucky for the first time since 2011—but this time the races won't be in Louisville.

Lexington's Keeneland Race Course next year will host the Breeders' Cup for the first time, the Lexington-based racing championship series announced Tuesday.

The races will be run Oct. 30 and 31, 2015.

The thoroughbred racing championships have been run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the last three seasons.

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Local News
5:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Breeders' Cup Will Be Run at Keeneland

Keeneland Race Course
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The Breeders' Cup is coming to Keeneland Race Course.

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. 

Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders' Cup eight times and delivered its most successful dates in attendance and betting handle. The C-J's Gregory Hall reports:

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown?

California Chrome
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We've spent the past couple days exploring the Triple Crown—why it's been decades since a horse has won it, and why the series may change to reflect the thoroughbred industry's contemporary culture.

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Local News
1:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders

California Chrome on Kentucky Derby day.
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Ten horses are expected to challenge California Chrome's bid Saturday to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Post positions and odds were set Wednesday in Elmont, New York. 

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. 

Here are the runners, jockeys and odds for the 11 horses running in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

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Local News
6:54 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

California Chrome Wins Kentucky Derby

California Chrome earlier this year.
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The favorite California Chrome is the winner of the 140th Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome surged past the leading pack in the stretch Saturday at Churchill Downs. 

Though the favorite at 5-2, the horse entered the race with an underdog storyline—bred for little money and trained by the relatively obscure 77-year-old Art Sherman. 

Commanding Curve finished second and Danza finished third.

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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