Oak Grove Racing Is Official: Off & Running, Er, Pacing & Trotting

It was just about a year ago when officials from both Churchill Downs and Keeneland promised the Kentucky Racing Commission members that if given the chance; if granted the opportunity; if just issued some race dates, they would deliver on a pledge and a promise of a lifetime. No matter what the weather may bring their way, they swore — with one hand on a condition book, no doubt — that they would have a race meet in little Oak Grove, KY in less than 12 months, and in October of 2019. ... On Friday, Churchill Downs and Keeneland delivered.

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Fourth horse fatality of Keeneland Fall Meet adds to this year's unusually high total.

During the sixth race at Keeneland on Wednesday, 2-year-old filly Integral became the fourth horse to sustain an injury that resulted in its death during the 2019 Fall Meet. That brought to eight the total of race-related deaths at the Lexington racetrack in all of 2018 [sic], the most reported in any one year at Keeneland since at least 2009.

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