Friday, January 12, 2018

Red Mile instant racing up 19.4% in December

Red Mile instant racing machines handled nearly $26 million dollars last month, an increase of 19.4% over December 2016.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 KY Fair Schedule Released

The 2018 fair schedule (below) was recently approved. All fair races will be for a purse of $5,000 with a $15,000 final for each division.

FAIR                       DATE             TIME             DRAW DATE    

Purchase Dist       June 5           5:00 CDT             June 1     
Ballard Co            June 12         4:00 CDT             June 8

McCracken Co.    June 25         6:00 CDT           June 20

Marion Co.           July 3          6:00 EDT              June 28 
Washington Co.   July 13          5:00 EDT              July 10

Woodford Co.       July 20          5:00 EDT             July 17  

Mercer Co.           July 27          4:00 EDT                  July 24
(Red Mile)

Finals                   Aug. 4           Red Mile Card              Aug. 1?

For more information on the KY Fair Circuit visit:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Red Mile Instant Racing up 5.2% in November

Instant Racing machines handled more than $21.6 million at The Red Mile last month. That is an increase of 5.2% over November 2016. The fiscal year to date increase stands at 7.9%.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red Mile Instant Racing Up 14.1% In July

The Red Mile instant racing machines handled over $24.4 million in July 2017. That is an increase of 14.1% over the same month last year. As a result, the Standardbred Development fund received $117,199.

For detailed information click on the picture below.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Red Mile qualifiers announced, stall applications available

The Red Mile barn area will open on July 14, 2017. Click Here for Stall Application

There will be a $100 per month stall charge for the entire race meet for all non-Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association members. Not a KHHA? Click Here for an application

Horses must have a current (12 month) Coggins test, a 10-day federal health certificate, and proof of EHV (Equine Herpes Virus) shots within the last 6 months.

Qualifiers will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 and Friday, July 21, 2017; enter the day before by 9:30 am.

First draw day will be Monday, July 24, 2017 for Thursday, July 24.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Friskie Stage takes the Gerald Russell Memorial at Thunder Ridge Raceway

Thunder Ridge horsemen honoring Gerald Russell

Even though Friskie Stage, with owner, trainer, driver Derrick Flowers crossed the finish line first, he wasn't the only winner of the race for maiden pacers. The Third Lady, owned by Herman Hagerman and trained and driven by James Stiltner II may have finished second but was the winner of the memorial blanket.

Flowers came out of the gate third from post one with Friskie Stage, but he wasted no time making his move to the lead just before the half. He went on to win easily by six lengths in 2:01. The three year old colt by Feelin Friskie out of the Beach Towel mare, Asian Paradise N, broke his maiden in just his fourth career start.

Friskie Stage with Derrick Flowers winning the Gerald Russell Memorial Maiden Pace

Gerald, known for his racing stories dating back many years, was even more known at Thunder Ridge for stiffing his maiden pacers there. He would always talk about getting in trouble for his 'lack of effort' on them, saying I couldn't win for that purse when my horse is good enough to win at The Red Mile for more money. It was only fitting that the second place finisher of the maiden pace in his honor received the blanket. The winner will get a special gift as well. His passing late last year was heartbreaking to his racing family and he is dearly missed this season at the races.

Gerald warming up a horse in 2016

Gerald holding his last winner in the Thunder Ridge winner's circle in 2016

Gerald warming up a horse in 2016

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

They're Off And Racing At Thunder Ridge

Live Racing began today, April 12th at Thunder Ridge Raceway in Prestonsburg, KY. There were four races on the opening night program, with last years leading driver taking two of those.

Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 KYSS Nominations

2017 2 Year Old KYSS Nominations

Colt Pacers: 65
Colt Trotters: 83
Filly Pacers: 56
Filly Trotters: 88
Total: 292

2017 3 Year Old KYSS Nominations

Colt Pacers: 13
Colt Trotters: 13
Filly Pacers: 20
Filly Trotters: 14
Total: 60

Click Here for complete list:
2017 2 year old KYSS nominations
2017 3 year old KYSS nominations

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Kentucky Sire Stakes

The first of three nomination payments for the 3 year olds eligible for the 2017 Kentucky Sire Stakes must be postmarked no later than February 15th.  The first payment for 2 year olds eligible must be postmarked no later than March 15th.

 Click Here for nomination form.

2017 2 year olds eligible to make payments: Click Here
2017 3 year olds eligible to make payments: Click Here

For more information on the KYSS visit:

2017 Kentucky Fair Racing

Nominations for Kentucky Fair Racing must be postmarked no later than February 15th.
Click Here for a nomination form from the Kentucky Colt Association.

There have been changes for eligibility for horses nominating this year;
ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR NOMINATION: 3yo:  Each 3yo Colt or Filly must be Sired by a stallion registered with the Kentucky  Standardbred Development fund; or 3 yr old whose dam was partially or wholly owned by resident of Ky. at time of conception; or 3 yr old owned or partially owned by a Ky. resident at time of nomination and remain Ky. owner entire fair season. 2yo: All 2yo MUST be "Kentucky Bred" (Stallions registered with KY Standardbred Development Fund or Mares registered with Ky. Standardbred Breeders Incentive Program.)

For all information about the Kentucky Fair Circuit visit

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Red Mile 2016

It's time for live racing to return to The Red Mile. Racing will be every Sunday, Thursday and Saturday beginning July 24th until September 17th. Post Time each evening will be at 7:00 pm. Filly & Mare preferred races are wrote for Thursdays.

Condition Sheets

The Grand Circuit meet follows, beginning September 29th until October 9th. Race days will be Thursday through Sunday.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ballard County Fair 06-13-16

Race 1: Three Year Old Colt Pace
Owners: Jimmy & Oneita Wolaver
Trainer/Driver: Tyler Shehan

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Thunder Ridge Awards Leading Driver & Trainer Titles

Thunder Ridge concluded the 2016 meet on Friday with Randy D Crisler as leading driver and James Stiltner II as leading trainer.

Crisler had 24 wins in 77 starts, with a UDRS of .504, over the 21-day meet. He was also the leading driver last year at Thunder Ridge. Originally from Crystal Springs, MS, Crisler quickly became a household name in Kentucky and has recently started driving in Ohio. He will now go to Bluegrass Downs in Paducah, KY to defend his 2015 driving title there and Scioto Downs in Ohio. He was followed in driving wins by James Stiltner II, Antonio Love and Tyler Shehan.

Randy D Crisler

Leading trainer James Stiltner II had 19 wins in 89 starts with a UDRS of .449. Stiltner is from Van Lear, KY and races his stable mainly in Kentucky and Ohio. He has won leading trainer and driver titles multiple times at Thunder Ridge. He was followed in training wins by Harley Emerson, Gary Neafus, Geremy Bobbitt, and Calvin Harris.

James Stiltner II

Bluegrass Downs

Qualifiers will be held June 7th, declare by 10:00 am Monday, June 6th.

The race office will open at 9:00 am for entries. Scratch time is 10:00 am the day following the draw - call judges.

Race Office Numbers: Toll Free: 888-932-0202  Local: 270-442-4626  Fax: 270-442-1993
Track Number: 270-444-7117 - Race office extension 114; Judges extensions 115 & 121

Condition Sheet: Click Here

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thunder Ridge Racing 04-22-16

Race 1 - FM NW $800 Last 4
My Shiyen
Owner/Trainer: Harley Emerson
Driver: Randy D Crisler

Thunder Ridge Racing 05-19-16

Race 1: Claiming $5000
Tough Love
Owner: Chad Webb
Trainer/Driver: Gary Neafus

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thunder Ridge Racing 05-20-16

Race 1: NW $500 Last 4
Friskies Cheapsuit
Owner: Pamela Melton
Trainer/Driver: James Stiltner II

Thunder Ridge Racing 05-25-16

Race 1: NW 2 Races Life
Heels N Hollers
Owner: Julieann Sensat
Trainer: James Redfern
Driver: Randy D Crisler

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thunder Ridge Racing 05-13-16

Race 1: Claiming $2000
You Slay Me
Owner/Trainer: Calvin Harris
Driver:Antonio Love

Thunder Ridge Racing 05-18-16

Race 1: Claiming $2000
B Blissfull
Owner: Susan Viars
Trainer: Jimmy Viars
Driver: Antonio Love

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thunder Ridge 04-21-16

Race 1: Winners Over $1500 Last 4
Nordic Venture
Owner: Tony Maione
Trainer: Gary Campbell
Driver: Tyler Shehan

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cobalt regulations take effect in Kentucky

Cobalt regulations took effect in Kentucky on January 4, 2016. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission provided the following notification to horsemen:

Thunder Ridge 4-20-16

Race 1: NW 5 Races Life

Twilight Princess
Owner/Trainer: Donna Gilson-Eferstein
Driver: Al Eferstein

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Thunder Ridge 04-15-16

Race 1: F&M NW $500 Last 4
Owner/Trainer: Harley Emerson 
Driver: Randy D Crisler