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  • Friday April 19

    Oaklawn backs plan to phase out Lasix

    • From: Hot Springs Sentinel-Record

    Oaklawn Park is among the racetracks supporting a plan announced Thursday that would phase out the use of bleeder medication Furosemide (Lasix) in 2020 and eliminate its use in stakes races at those tracks in 2021.

  • Thursday April 18

    Churchill Downs announces new horse safety initiatives ahead of Kentucky Derby

    • From: WDRB

    With just over two weeks until the Kentucky Derby, the issue of horse safety nationwide is now front and center. Churchill Downs announced several new safety initiatives Thursday, including some changes in time for next month's Run for the Roses.


  • Thursday April 18

    Keeneland Library Celebrates 80 Years

    • From: WTVQ

    Overlooking an iconic track, record setting sales pavilion and stalls housing some of the finest thoroughbreds around is a stately yet slightly inconspicuous building that’s home to one of the most expansive collections of thoroughbred literature in the world. You might not even notice the Keeneland Library, located just up the road on the right on the way to the track, but once inside, there’s a good chance you’ll get caught up in its magic. Open year round, the library us celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary.

  • Thursday April 18

    Industry Reaction To Racetrack Coalition's Proposed Partial Phase-Out Of Lasix is Mixed

    • From: The Paulick Peport

    Reaction was mixed to the announcement on Thursday by a coalition of U.S. racetracks to partially phase out race-day administration of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (Lasix), beginning with 2-year-olds racing in 2020 and in stakes races beginning in 2021.

  • Thursday April 18

    'Player-friendly' bets add to 2019 Kentucky Derby wagering menu

    • From: Horseracingnation.com

    After receiving approval this week by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Churchill Downs will offer a two-day Pick 6 spread across May 3 (Kentucky Oaks day) and May 4 (Kentucky Derby day), plus has the option to implement head to head wagers similar to those offered during last fall’s Breeders’ Cup.

    With the $2 Pick 6 on the menu, Churchill will also run its 20-cent Single 6 jackpot on Oaks and Derby days. Previously, the track waited until the main portion of the spring meet to begin, with 90% of the pool paying out to players who pick six winners and a 10% jackpot carryover.

  • Thursday April 18

    'A huge moment.' Churchill, Triple Crown tracks, plus Keeneland move to ban raceday drug

    • From: Lexington Herald-Leader

    Churchill Downs, home of racing’s biggest day, the Kentucky Derby, announced on Thursday that it and other Triple Crown racetracks will begin phasing out the use of a controversial race-day medication, beginning next year. Lasix use will be eliminated in all stakes races at the racetracks beginning in 2021, according to the announcement.

  • Thursday April 18

    Canterbury Park's new chophouse is throwback to Little Chicago

    • From: Shakopee Valley News

    Back [in the 1930's], Shakopee was nicknamed Little Chicago. Former journalist Rufus Jarman once wrote in the Saturday Evening Post that Little Chicago was “where residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul used to go for their Sunday cocktails, which they couldn’t buy at home, and to dine at one of several restaurants that featured thick steaks and slot machines.” So it was only fitting that Canterbury Park’s new fine dining restaurant would be modeled after a speakeasy, with black table cloths, old-fashioned decor, dark wooden tables and thick steaks.

  • Wednesday April 17

    Iowa Senate easily approves sports betting bill

    • From: KCAU

    A push to legalize sports betting in Iowa continued on Wednesday. The Iowa Senate easily passing the latest version of a bill that would allow for college and professional sports betting in the state.

  • Wednesday April 17

    Fonner Park Increases Purses 15% Through Meet's End

    • From: Bloodhorse

    Fonner Park is rewarding its horsemen with a 15% purse increase for all overnight races through the remainder of the live Thoroughbred meet that ends May 4. The increase comes on the heels of a 10% increase that was implemented a week ago.

  • Wednesday April 17

    Sophie Doyle's Kentucky Oaks Diary: Building a Career in America

    • From: America's Best Racing

    There has been nothing ordinary or easy about Sophie Doyle’s path to the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks, where she is set to ride Street Band for trainer Larry Jones on May 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Tuesday April 16

    Dubai leader accused of holding daughter hostage could be banned from Derby

    • From: WAVE 3

    Could the leader of Dubai be banned from the Kentucky Derby? Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has a horse running in the Oaks, and a possible Derby contender. But accusations the ruler is holding his daughter hostage have caught the attention of a group of human rights attorneys and they want the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to take action.

  • Tuesday April 16

    Step inside The Mansion — Kentucky Derby's most exclusive VIP spot

    • From: Courier-Journal

    Photo gallery. The first rule of going to The Mansion at Churchill Downs is that you can't act like it's a big deal to be at The Mansion. You have someone pushing the elevator button for you every day, or at least that's how you must seem, and obviously, you're used to a security contingent flanking an entrance.

  • Monday April 15

    New initiative seeks to allow gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks and casinos

    • From: Yogonet Gaming News

    The campaign committee Keep the Money in Nebraska is preparing a proposed constitutional amendment for the November 2020 ballot that would allow gambling at state-licensed horse racing tracks. The effort was announced last Thursday by Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, who said the proposal has been filed with the secretary of state's office.

  • Sunday April 14

    Photos: Getting ready for opening of Fairmount Park Racetrack

    • From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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  • Sunday April 14

    Collinsville horse track opening with cloudy future

    • From: Herald & Review

    As the 94th season at Fairmount Park arrives, track president Brian Zander wants to be confident. The park, in Collinsville, opens Tuesday at 1 p.m. and will run through Sept. 14 with a Tuesday and Saturday schedule. Zander has no reason to believe that will change. An unsuccessful battle to bring slot machines and video gaming to Illinois race tracks continues to make the future tenuous. But Zander, who has been on the job since 1986, has been through this for more years than he'd like to remember. "I think for 2019 that we're going to be OK," he said. "Beyond that, it's really hard to say."

  • Friday April 12

    Indiana Grand To Kick Off 17th Racing Season Tuesday

    • From: The Paulick Report

    Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will kick off its 17th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The first race will go to the starting gate at 2:15 p.m. to signify the start of the 120-day racing season. A total of 10 races are on the program with the final two dedicated to Quarter Horse racing. The featured race on the card is the seventh, a $32,500 allowance optional claiming event with a field of 10.

  • Thursday April 11

    Resolution wants signs up near Churchill Downs honoring legend John Asher

    • From: WLKY

    A road near Churchill Downs could soon be adorned with signs honoring one of its most well-known faces. A resolution was filed to create John Asher Way as an homage to the man who faithfully worked for the track for 21 years.

  • Wednesday April 10

    Indiana's Biggest 'Little' Fair

    • From: Newton County Enterprise

    The epic chariot race scene in the 1959 movie “Ben Hur,” based on Indiana Author Lew Wallace’s book, captured the excitement of horse racing, which takes many forms. This summer is a must-see chance to see horse racing up close, in all its hoof—and heart—pounding glory. On Saturday, July 13 at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair in Kentland, the multi-layer thrills of a Hoosier mainstay will be on display: harness racing, and it’s all part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the fair.

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