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Carpe Vinum could provide another thrill for MyRacehorse.com
by Jennie Rees

MyRacehorse.com, which sells micro-shares in racehorses for just a few hundred dollars for each piece, is still flying high after their horse Authentic won last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby — and while carrying their black silks with the white horse-head emblem. Five days later, the unique partnership business will try to win the another big-money 3-year-old race: This time with the California-based filly Carpe Vinum in Thursday’s $500,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks at the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs.

Tags: Carpe Vinum MyRacehorse.com Authentic Kentucky Downs Dueling Grounds Oaks Kentucky Derby horse racing Del Mar Michael Behrens Joe Moran
March newsletter: Time for horses and hoops!
by Jennie Rees

Scooooore!!! We're mad about March, with the ultimate Kentucky Double of horses and hoops. Our fan newsletter will get you caught up on everything Kentucky Downs. Click here for more!

Butch Lehr named KY Downs' track superintendent
by Jennie Rees

Raymond “Butch” Lehr is Kentucky Downs’ new track superintendent, enlisted to oversee the care of America’s most unique turf course following the retirement of Ron Moore. Lehr became one of the industry’s most-respected and best-known track superintendents during his 30 years in that post at Churchill Downs, where he worked for 46 1/2 years overall before retiring after the 2012 spring meet. That fall, the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters honored Lehr with its Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service to racing, the only track superintendent so honored in the organization’s 60-year history.

Derby Party tickets on sale now
by Jennie Rees

The Largest Derby Party South of Louisville will be back bigger than ever at Kentucky Downs on May 4, offering a convenient and economical way to enjoy the Kentucky Derby. “The Largest Derby Party South of Louisville provides the excitement, the wagering opportunities and even the fancy-hat environment of the Derby with free admission and parking — hoopla without hassle,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager.

Tags: horse racing Kentucky Downs Kentucky Derby Kentucky Oaks Largest Derby Party South of Louisville Ted Nicholson
Next Shares takes on $7M Pegasus Turf
by Jennie Rees

Next Shares heads into Saturday’s $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf off of a 3-for-4 win streak that started in Kentucky Downs’ Old Friends Stakes, America's richest grass race. We'll be simulcasting it at Kentucky Downs!

Snapper Sinclair squarely on Derby trail
by Jennie Rees

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo that’s less and not been a dead-heat,” Jeff Bloom, who heads the partnership that campaigns Snapper Sinclair, said of the narrow defeat in the Fair Grounds' Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. “What was so tough is he was in front, in front, in front — missed it — in front, in front. It was like the only time the other horse got the head bob.

Van Berg's big summer could continue in Fasig-Tipton Juvenile
by Jennie Rees

Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg is running Ellis Park Juvenile runner-up Northern Trail and Make Noise in Kentucky Downs' $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile.

Tags: Jack Van Berg horse racing Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Downs Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Alysheba Make Noise Kay Stillman Northern Trail Jerry Caroom Kentucky Derby Breeders' Cup