Black jockeys and American horse racing

THE KENTUCKY DERBY Jae Jones, writing for BLACK THEN, tells us: "Oliver Lewis became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, America’s longest continuous sporting event, on May 17, 1875. His time of 2 minutes, 37.75 seconds also set an American record over the mile and a half distance (the Kentucky Derby became a… Continue reading Black jockeys and American horse racing

Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

Churchill Downs Aerial Shot. WDRB.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — As a global coronavirus pandemic spreads, Churchill Downs Inc. says it will move the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby to Saturday, September 5. The late-summer Derby would mark the first time the race isn't held the first Saturday in May since 1945, when it was postponed to June during the waning… Continue reading Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

NYT: More than 2 dozen charged in horse racing doping scheme

Maximum Security in the Cigar Mile. Photograph by Rob Mauhar.

Among those charged was Jason Servis, the trainer of Maximum Security — By Benjamin Weiser and Joe Drape | March 9, 2020 Federal prosecutors announced charges on Monday against more than two dozen racehorse trainers, veterinarians and drug distributors in a wide-ranging series of indictments that laid out a corrupt scheme to secretly dope horses… Continue reading NYT: More than 2 dozen charged in horse racing doping scheme

Churchill Downs announces new 20-position starting gate

Horses break out of the starting gate at Churchill Downs in 2012. Horse owners say luck plays an outsized role in fielding a winner after all other factors are accounted for.Credit...Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Thank heavens Churchill Downs are finally replacing that horrible Kentucky Derby starting gate that has been causing so many problems. Why these folks are so slow in correcting this disastrous decision is beyond us. They should care more about the horses and even the history of the race itself if they are going to continue… Continue reading Churchill Downs announces new 20-position starting gate

Racing through the slaughter pipeline — Remember Ferdinand and Exceller

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. horse racing has an increasingly worsening reputation regarding the treatment of its racehorses chiefly because of the egregious use of illicit drugs and the tragic stream of breakdowns and deaths of racehorses. A recent trend is the alarming number of breakdown and deaths of racehorses as young as two and three during training… Continue reading Racing through the slaughter pipeline — Remember Ferdinand and Exceller

Why do Kentucky lawmakers appear to despise horses?

Horse in profile silhouetted against a night sky. Unattributed Google search image.

LOUISVILLE, KY — Why do Kentucky lawmakers appear to despise horses? It's not simply having little to no regard for horses. These people seem to out and out despise them and want nothing to do with helping them in any way. How can this be? Kentucky Lawmakers in Washington D.C. The first politician's name that springs to mind… Continue reading Why do Kentucky lawmakers appear to despise horses?