Lexington

Tickets Now on Sale for 2022 Breeders' Cup

Tickets for the 2022 Breeders' Cup, to be held for the third time at Keeneland Race Course Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, 2022, are now on sale at BreedersCup.com/Tickets. "With the 39th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships now less than six months away, we're excited to see fans begin making their plans to join us for another incredible two days of racing," said Breeders' Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming. "We know fans are eager to celebrate racing and watch the best horses in the world...

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Upstart Share Sells for $450K at Keeneland April

Offered as the final hip at Friday's Keeneland April Horses of Racing Age Sale in Lexington, a share (2.5% fractional interest) in Airdrie Stud's Upstart (Flatter--Party Silks, by Touch Gold) was hammered down for $450,000 to Mike Freeny, who operates Dunquin Farm in nearby Paris, Kentucky, with his wife Pat. A Grade II winner and placed no fewer than six times in Grade I company at distances between eight and nine furlongs, Upstart has been represented by three winners at the graded level, with two representatives from his second crop...

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Stony Point Bloodstock Brings New Investors to Racing

A group of 15 businesspeople from across the U.S. visited Lexington's horse country this past weekend to get their first taste of all the racing industry has to offer. The enthusiastic group represented Stony Point Bloodstock, which was launched last year by Chilly Bleak Farm's Jim Fitzgerald, Bill Baxter, a veterinarian from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his son Matt Baxter, founder of a human resource technology startup called Wedge. The trio started the partnership with the goal of setting up a for-profit pinhooking group that would also create an experience...

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Legacy Equine Academy Exposes New Generation to Racing

Growing up near Third Street in Lexington, Ron Mack spent much of his childhood playing football with friends on what was once the infield of the Kentucky Association racetrack, but he didn't realize that they were throwing a football on hallowed ground until years later. After playing football for the University of Kentucky and then building a career in commercial banking in Atlanta, Mack returned to Lexington in 2014 and began digging into the history of horse racing and the Kentucky Association. What Mack learned through his research led to...

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Keeneland Begins Countdown to Breeders' Cup

Keeneland began its official countdown to this year's Breeders' Cup at Tandy Park in Lexington Thursday at a ceremony attended by Breeders' Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin, Breeders' Cup Festival Chair Kip Cornett, and GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic winning trainer Brad Cox. "We're excited to officially begin our countdown to the 39th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall in our hometown of Lexington," said Fleming. "We're so grateful to work alongside leaders like Mayor Gorton,...

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Commonwealth Racing Challenge Kicks off Apr. 8

The Commonwealth Racing Challenge kicks off Friday, Apr. 8 with the opening of the Keeneland spring race meet. The new initiative is designed to encourage Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) members to visit all of Kentucky's racetracks during the 2022 Kentucky horse racing circuit. KEEP members who successfully scan a unique QR code and tag KEEP in a social media post at each of the six participating Kentucky racetracks during their 2022 racing meets will be entered to win four VIP tickets the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Nov....

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ARCI Lexington Conference to Focus on HISA and Sports Betting

The 2022 annual conference of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) will be held Apr. 11-14 in Lexington at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. The conference will focus on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), specifically on the issues and details surrounding implementation, and on the expanded responsibility of many ARCI members involving regulation of sports betting. The annual ARCI conference--now in its 88th iteration--attracts senior racing regulatory personnel from across North America as well as racing industry leaders representing the Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse sectors, in...

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Wesley Ward's Stolen Trophies Recovered

LEXINGTON, KY--The majority of the trophies that were stolen just over a month ago from trainer Wesley Ward's home in Versailles, Kentucky have been recovered. According to the Versailles Police Department's Assistant Chief Rob Young, one individual was charged with receiving stolen property and is now in custody. On the morning of Feb. 8, 2022, a thief walked off with 14 trophies, including many that Ward received from the Royal Ascot meet, but they did not take any other valuables from the home such as electronics and several other trophies...

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Former D1 Athletes Venture Into Breeding Business

A former SEC running back and a Hall of Fame basketball player for the University of Kentucky, Allen and Leslie Carter are the sort of couple that doesn't do anything halfway as their myriad of  accomplishments have been earned through hard work, attentiveness and a passion for what they do. So it probably won't be long before this duo is making headlines in the racing industry because recently, they added the title of 'Thoroughbred breeder' to their list of many life works. South Carolina native Allen Carter moved to the...

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Vaccarezza Organizes Fundraiser for Tornado Victims

A fundraising event to help benefit the families affected by last weekend's devastating Western Kentucky tornado will take place at Frank & Dino's restaurant in Lexington on Sunday, Jan. 2. Complimentary food and drinks will be served between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the popular Italian eatery. WLKY reported Thursday that 16 people, down from a high of 122, are still missing and that the death toll has risen to 76 Kentuckians. More than 1,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed and there are approximately still 3,000 power outages....

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Lexington's Thoroughbred Community Makes Town Branch Park a Reality

Urban parks are well-loved destinations in America's most developed and highly-populated cities. Of course Central Park is the first that comes to mind, as well as perhaps Lincoln Park in Chicago or Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. These beautifully-designed pieces of landscape architecture serve as gathering places for the city's community and are often stopping points for those visiting a bustling metropolis. In a few years Lexington, Kentucky--with a population of less than 400,000--will get a state-of-the-art park of its own in the heart of downtown. Ground is set...

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Destination Lexington: The City Center

   For those who were unable to travel to Kentucky last year and attend the Keeneland sales, much has changed in downtown Lexington thanks in large part to the completion of the City Center. The residential, commercial and retail project has been in the works for years and was finally completed early in 2020. What was a hive of activity in its first few months of operation quickly became a desolate landscape with the onset of the pandemic. But today, as more and more travelers return to Lexington, the City...

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