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  • Friday October 18

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

    • From: The Pressbox at LTR

    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.

  • Friday October 18

    Breeders' Cup bars Hollendorfer from 2019 championships

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Jerry Hollendorfer’s ban from Santa Anita Park will extend to the Breeders’ Cup, the organization announced Friday. The Breeders’ Cup publicity staff released a statement Friday afternoon saying the organization would “honor” Santa Anita’s “house rules.” Those house rules include the banishment of Hollendorfer, the Hall of Fame trainer who The Stronach Group banished from its tracks in June. The Stronach Group operates Santa Anita, which will host the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1-2.

  • Thursday October 17

    Waukegan checks in casino poker game — opts to let state board…

    • From: Chicago Sun-Times

    The aldermen voted 6 to 3 to send proposals from Full House Resorts and North Point Casino to the Illinois Gaming Board. They voted 5 to 4 to advance the Rivers Casino Waukegan bid.

  • Wednesday October 16

    Two lowest ranked Waukegan casino bidders slam hands dealt them by consultant…

    • From: Chicago Sun-Times

    "Four remaining developers are jockeying for position as Waukegan city officials prepare to lay their chips behind preferred proposals for the north suburb’s long-sought Lake County casino. With aldermen in Waukegan poised to vote Thursday on advancing at least one of those bids to the Illinois Gaming Board for final consideration, an independent consultant’s ranking of the competing plans has two major casino developers up in arms ahead of the crucial city council decision."

    In third place (of four) the consultant "ranked the venture by Churchill Downs Inc. and Rush Street Gaming, the group that already runs Illinois’ most lucrative gambling den: Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. That ranking irked billionaire Chicago real estate mogul and Rush Street chairman Neil Bluhm, who complained in a letter to city officials that the report had ignored their latest revised offer submitted earlier this month."

  • Wednesday October 16

    Fourth horse fatality of Keeneland Fall Meet adds to this year's unusually…

    • From: Lexington Herald-Leader

    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.

  • Wednesday October 16

    Injured Jockey Geroux Will Be Evaluated in Two Weeks

    • From: Bloodhorse

    Jockey Florent Geroux, who broke his sternum in a training mishap Oct. 13 at Keeneland, received a positive prognosis from his doctor Oct. 16 and will have a follow-up appointment in two weeks that could determine when he can return to riding, agent Doug Bredar said. The timing of this upcoming medical evaluation, scheduled for the week of the Breeders' Cup Nov. 1-2, puts his participation in those races in question.

  • Tuesday October 15

    Raci-NO? State reins in land sale amid controversy, busting Tinley Park casino-racetrack…

    • From: Chicago Sun-Times

    Days after Rick Heidner’s name popped up in a federal search warrant — and his business dealings reportedly were tied to mob figures — Gov. J.B. Pritzker held up plans to sell the land earmarked for Heidner’s racino. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration announced Tuesday it won’t sell state-owned land in Tinley Park, throwing plans for a southwest suburban “racino” off the track. The quick move comes just days after the name of one of the project’s partners appeared in a search warrant for the office of a state senator facing federal scrutiny — and after a published report linked that same partner to a banking family with reputed mob ties.

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  • Tuesday October 15

    Doyle Hoping To Continue 'Fantastic Ride' With Street Band In Breeders' Cup…

    • From: Paulick Report

    Street Band and jockey Sophie Doyle came into Parx Racing's $1 million Cotillion on Sept. 21 with victories in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Both filly and rider earned their first Grade 1 victory as Street Band rallied from near-last and looping wide to take the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion over heavy favorite (and previously unbeaten) Guarana. ... Now they're in pursuit of their second Grade 1 victory by taking on older fillies and mares for the first time in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff on Nov. 2 at California's Santa Anita Park.

  • Sunday October 13

    Jockey Geroux hospitalized after Keeneland training incident

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Sitting bedside at a nearby hospital, Doug Bredar, agent for jockey Florent Geroux, said Sunday that "we're just waiting to hear some results" of tests after Geroux was thrown from his mount in a morning training incident at Keeneland. Bredar said Geroux was working Air Strike just after 9 a.m. when the Phil D'Amato trainee stumbled past the wire. "Both horse and rider went down hard," Bredar said. "They hit the rail a little bit.” Air Strike, a 4-year-old son of Street Sense who won Santa Anita Park's Triple Bend (G2) earlier this season, survived the ordeal.

  • Saturday October 12

    Kentucky Downs to embark on major construction, renovation, adding more gaming, entertainment

    • From: Northern Kentucky Tribune

    With preliminary approval from the Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission, Kentucky Downs this fall will embark on its largest construction project since the track opened in 1990. The first of three phases will add 18,000 square feet with an estimated investment of approximately $25 million. The new building will feature more gaming as well as more food, beverage and entertainment options.

  • Wednesday October 09

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

    • From: Sun Herald

    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.

  • Friday October 04

    Horse euthanized after suffering “catastrophic” injury at Keeneland

    • From: WTVQ

    It’s not the opening day Keeneland hoped for after a horse suffered a catastrophic injury during a race. Keeneland announced Stella d’Oro was euthanized Friday following the injury to the left front limb during the fourth race. The race track announced another horse, Fast Dreamer, suffered an injury to her right front leg and was taken off the track during the fifth race..

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