Kentucky Horse Racing

Letter to the Editor: Tom Hyland

This past Sunday was Opening Day at Ellis Park, and while this is rarely a day I mark on my calendar, as someone who loves to follow the major Thoroughbred circuits, I was interested to watch these initial races for the year. This was especially true, given the increased purses that Kentucky put in place, as well as the competition that was set to go that day. One 2-year-old MSW featured horses trained by such notables as Bill Mott, Ken McPeek, Brian Lynch, Steve Asmussen and Brad Cox. An earlier...

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Kentucky's HHR Bill Hinges on Definition of 'Pari-Mutuel Wagering'

The legislative fix to legalize historical horse race (HHR) gaming in Kentucky will hinge on a one-paragraph definition of "pari-mutuel wagering" that a bipartisan group of state senators want added to an existing list of definitions that pertain to regulating horse racing. The text of SB120 was posted online Feb. 3, one day after the bill was introduced. Senator John Schickel crafted the statutory attempt to keep HHR operational, and his measure has the backing of Senate President Robert Stivers, Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, plus five other legislators listed...

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Angel Montano, Longtime Kentucky Trainer, Dies on 80th Birthday

Angel O. Montano Sr., a longtime Kentucky-based trainer, died Oct. 1. The Churchill Downs publicity department confirmed the death, noting in a Twitter posting that his passing coincided with the date of his 80th birthday. Daily Racing Form reported the cause of death as numerous health issues complicated by a recent hospitalization for COVID-19. According to a 2010 profile in the Evansville Courier & Press, Montano arrived in Louisville at age 17, taking a three-day bus ride from his native Mexico City after his contract as a jockey was purchased...

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