Kentucky HBPA, Kentucky Downs Enter Agreement to Move $500K Each in Purses to Keeneland, Churchill, Ellis

EquiSport Photos Kentucky Downs is transferring $500,000 apiece to the purse accounts at Ellis Park, Churchill Downs and Keeneland in an unprecedented agreement with the Kentucky HBPA, which represents owners and trainers at the commonwealth’s five thoroughbred tracks. “This is jaw-dropping and unparalleled in horse racing, to have one track boosting purses paid [...]


Registration and Hotel Reservations Now Open for 2018 National HBPA Convention in New Orleans

Laissez les bons temps rouler! The National HBPA will hold its 2018 convention at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans at the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets from Tuesday, March 13, through Saturday, March 17. Registration and hotel reservations are now open! A tentative agenda and complete information is available at and [...]


Kentucky Downs to Pay Record $750 for Sixth through Last Place

Photo by Reed Palmer Photography Because of business surpassing projections — including a best-ever July with its historical horse racing operation — every horse running at Kentucky Downs’ highly acclaimed September meet will earn at least $750. The new guaranteed minimum payment is 50 percent more than the previously announced $500 that already [...]


Kentucky HBPA teaming with Ellis Park for College Day, fan education

A scene from last year's Making of a Thoroughbred, with starter Scott Jordan discussing up-close the starting gate. (Photo by Coady Photography) The Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the commonwealth’s leading Thoroughbred horsemen’s association, is teaming with Ellis Park this weekend to present two popular programs. Sunday will be [...]


North American Racing Academy Looking for Horses to Adopt

Attention All Horsemen… The North American Racing Academy (Barn 30) is now looking for one or more new Thoroughbred racehorses to adopt for our hands-on teaching classes. If you are looking to re-home one of your horses, we are interested in horses with - but not limited to - the following preferred qualities: • Gelding [...]


Kentucky HBPA Endorses EquiLottery as ‘Important Innovation’

The Kentucky HBPA, one of the country’s largest horsemen’s organizations, has endorsed EquiLottery, the innovative lottery product based on the results of live horse racing. Brad Cummings, EquiLottery’s founder and chief executive officer, called the stamp of approval from the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association “an important piece in moving the [...]


KEEP Day Connects KEEP Members with Friends in the Legislature, Old and New

Senator Steve West (left) with National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback Kentucky equine-industry participants and supporters got the chance to emphasize the important impact horses have on the state and local economies during visits with state legislators on Wednesday’s KEEP Day in Frankfort organized by the Kentucky Equine Education Project. Several dozen stake-holders in [...]