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Kentucky Downs about to begin expansion, renovation project

Oct. 14, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky racetrack plans to start construction soon on the first phase of an expansion and renovation project. Kentucky Downs in southern Kentucky will begin the first of three phases in the coming weeks, investing approximately $25 million to add 18,000 square feet. A track...

3rd horse dies at Keeneland in 5 days; jockey also hurt

Oct. 9, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A colt was fatally injured at Keeneland in a crash that also left his jockey Adam Breschizza with an injured left clavicle. The death of Triggerman is the track's third since the fall meet opened on Friday. Keeneland says in a statement that Triggerman injured his front left leg in a...

Sherwood Chillingworth, former racing executive, dies at 93

Oct. 9, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Sherwood C. Chillingworth, a longtime executive with the Oak Tree Racing Association who had partnerships in several stakes-winning thoroughbreds, has died. He was 93. Chillingworth had been in declining health and died Tuesday of undisclosed causes, Frank DeMarco, vice president and...

Racing officials approve Churchill Downs purchase of Turfway

Oct. 8, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the sale of Turfway Park to Churchill Downs. News outlets report the commission on Tuesday unanimously approved Churchill Downs' bid to buy Turfway Park for $46 million. Churchill President Kevin Flanery says the purchase is a $150...

Trainer Richard Mandella wins, loses at Santa Anita

Oct. 5, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Mandella experienced the highest high and lowest low at Santa Anita on Saturday, with Omaha Beach successfully winning his comeback after a six-month layoff while another of the trainer's horses died of a suspected heart attack. Former Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach...

Mayor: Deal reached to keep Preakness in Baltimore

Oct. 5, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials and the owners of the historic racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes have reached an agreement to keep the Triple Crown series' middle jewel in the city. The agreement, which is subject to approval of the General Assembly during its next session, ends a bitter...

Local police unveil pink vehicles

Oct. 4, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Most people go to the annual Far Hills Race Meeting to see the power of horses. This year they will see a unique display of horsepower at the races - three police vehicles wrapped in pink to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The thousands who attend the annual event,...

Colt euthanized after 'catastrophic injury' at Keeneland

Oct. 4, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Keeneland says a colt has been euthanized after being severely injured in a race, and a filly suffered an injury and was vanned back to the barn after another race on opening day of the track's fall meet. The track says Stella D'Oro was euthanized Friday after suffering "a...

Churchill Downs agrees to buy Turfway Park for $46 million

Oct. 3, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs has signed an agreement to buy Turfway Park for $46 million with plans to eventually demolish its grandstand and build a $150 million racing and gambling facility on the site. Churchill’s purchase of the Florence, Kentucky, track from Jack Ohio LLC and Hard...

In surprising move, Baffert takes jockey Smith off McKinzie

Oct. 3, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Trainer Bob Baffert is replacing fellow Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard McKinzie, the probable favorite for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic next month. Smith finished second aboard odds-on favorite McKinzie in last weekend’s Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita....