Keeneland will be featuring a number of new attractions and services at this year’s Spring Race Meet starting tomorrow. But one unwelcome change could be the amount of traffic – as major construction is set to continue on US60/Versailles Road for the next ten months. Keeneland spokesperson Julie Balog said state and local officials have been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to lessen the impact of the roadwork.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a bid from Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. to purchase a minority interest in Ellis Park.
The Gleaner reports Saratoga, which owns Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will pay $4 million in the deal that calls for a 30-percent ownership stake and oversight of all activities at the track, including the newly installed instant racing machines.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is using his executive authority to implement a regulation allowing only government veterinarians to administer race-day drugs to horses. Thursday’s action comes days after the proposed regulation appeared stymied by objections from state lawmakers. Beshear says it's in the racing industry's interest to let the rule take effect. Republican State Senator Damon Thayer praised the governor’s action. He says it sends the message that Kentucky will be at the forefront of efforts to change perceptions about the use of drugs in horse racing. The regulation woul