Legalities re Medina Spirit DQ and Baffert 2 yr suspension by Churchill Downs (video)

What legal standing does Churchill Downs have to banish Baffert, since it is not a regulatory agency? What are the Hall of Fame trainer's options and how have the courts ruled on similar actions by track owners? What happens next with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, now that a test of the split sample from… Continue reading Legalities re Medina Spirit DQ and Baffert 2 yr suspension by Churchill Downs (video)

Two Bob Baffert horses test positive for banned substances at Oaklawn

Thoroughbred racehorse cheater and doper, trainer Bob Baffert.

Question: Why is this serial cheater still in business? The excellent Tim Sullivan at the Louisville Courier-Journal reports, May 26, 2020: Two of trainer Bob Baffert's horses tested positive for banned substances during the recent meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, including one of his top 3-year-olds, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to… Continue reading Two Bob Baffert horses test positive for banned substances at Oaklawn

Virtual Ky Derby 2020

Finish line, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. Image WDRB.

We think this is marketing genius on the part of Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), and perhaps, virtually, the future of horse racing in the US. Think about it. Virtual horse racing would mean zero overbreeding, racing two year olds, those horrific claiming races, cheating, doping, cruelty and traumatic breakdowns; no more racehorses killed on the… Continue reading Virtual Ky Derby 2020

The killing fields of Churchill Downs and horse racing

Tim Sullivan, writing for the Louisville Courier-Journal states: Of the 25 racetracks that share their casualty counts with the public, only one was more deadly last year than Churchill Downs. And despite its recent rash of gloomy headlines, it wasn’t Santa Anita. Only Illinois’ Hawthorne Race Course lost horses at a faster pace than Churchill… Continue reading The killing fields of Churchill Downs and horse racing

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?

Five horsey things you didn’t know about Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar-winning actress has a passion for horses. Image from Horse Nation.

Horse Nation have a fun piece on their site about 22 year-old Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence who hails from Louisville, Kentucky (yea!) and grew up on a horse farm. Well, I have given away the first one. Here's another. Jennifer grew up riding horses -- bareback on untrained horses -- and has the scars… Continue reading Five horsey things you didn’t know about Jennifer Lawrence

Blind horse rescued after fall into sinkhole

Horse Rescue Ahead sign. Tuesday's Horse graphic.

by J.J. KINDRED Cross-posted from The Daily Times LOUISVILLE, TN -- A blind horse that was rescued after she fell into a sinkhole and was freed by Blount County firefighters and other rescuers Sunday evening remains stable at the Countryside Veterinarian Services in Louisville. Star, a quarter horse mare owned by Jack and Jennifer Estep,… Continue reading Blind horse rescued after fall into sinkhole

Kentucky attempting to reduce racehorse fatalities

Horseracing at Churchill Downs. FindFreeGraphics.com.

Cross-posted from The Blood-Horse Written by RON MITCHELL The veterinary staff of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has added some additional protocols to its operations in an effort to cut down on the number of equine fatalities at the state's tracks. The changes came about after eight racing fatalities occurred during the month of May… Continue reading Kentucky attempting to reduce racehorse fatalities

White horses captivate us; all eyes on Kentucky Derby entry Hansen

Hansen schooling in the paddock May 3, 2012, at Churchill Downs. Image by Eric Kalet.

From an article written by FRANK DEFORD for Sports Illustrated, May 2, 2012: The two-year-old champion colt named Hansen will not be the favorite in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, but most eyes will unavoidably be upon him. You see, in a field of chestnuts and bays, Hansen is a brilliant white. Well, technically… Continue reading White horses captivate us; all eyes on Kentucky Derby entry Hansen

Kentucky Demolition Derby; horses injured and off the trail

Algorithms beats Hansen to win the Holy Bull Stakes(G3) at Gulfstream Park

It has been so long since any of the horses aimed at the Kentucky Derby have been reported injured and out of the Run for the Roses -- thankfully -- we thought the trend had run its course (pardon a very tired pun). Sadly, that is not the case. Here is what the Kentucky Derby… Continue reading Kentucky Demolition Derby; horses injured and off the trail