Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Thunder Ridge 05-01-14

Fish Tales came from last at 3/4 to win by 3 in 1:59.4. The 6 year old Cam's Card Shark gelding is owned by Elma Ferguson and is trained and driven by Gary Neafus.

Fish Tales

Thunder Ridge 04-30-14

In the first race of the evening, You Raise Me Up was an easy wire to wire winner over the sloppy track. The 9 year old mare won by 3Q in 2:00.2. She is owned by Tamara Safewright-King, trained by Morgan Hagerman and was driven by Herman Hagerman.

You Raise Me Up

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Thunder Ridge 04-29-14

Issac Love steered Pictonians Souwest to victory in the opening race on Tuesday in 1:57.4. The 6 year old gelded son of Western Paradise is owned by Chad Parker and is trained by Calvin Harris.

Pictonians Souwest

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thunder Ridge 04-25-14

The opening race of the night, a $2000 claiming field of 5, was won wire to wire by Summerwinds Atlast in 2:00.1. The 4 year old gelding by Western Cyclone is owned by Tony Maione, is trained by Gary Campbell and was driven to victory by James Stiltner II.

Summerwinds Atlast

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thunder Ridge Racing 04-24-14

The first race of the day was won by Camn Yankee. The 12 year old gelding by Electric Yankee earned his 57th win by 4 lengths in 2:01. He is owned by Kent Saunder and was trained and driven by John Ingram.

Camn Yankee

Thunder Ridge Racing 04-23-14

They're off and racing at Thunder Ridge. Five races were contested on opening night at Thunder Ridge Raceway to start the 2014 racing season in Kentucky.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Thunder Ridge Qualifiers 04-19-14

     The first round of qualifiers were held Saturday at Thunder Ridge Raceway. The fastest of the day was won by Pictonians Souwest in 1:59.2. He is owned by Chad Parker, trained by Calvin Harris and was driven by Issac Love. For the trotters, Come And Tell Pap was an impressive winner, winning by 10 lengths in 2:04.3 with a last quarter of 28.3. He is owned by James Collier and was trained and driven by Issac Love.
     Opening night is slated for Wednesday, April 23rd. The next qualifiers will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd. Entries close on Monday, April 21st. 

GO COWBOY GO, with Driver Jimmy Viars, leads the eighth qualifier before POWERED BY SCOOT with Driver Randy D Crisler takes over at the 3/4 pole. SOMUCHCOOLERONLINE and Driver Lawrence K Cooper, sitting in the pocket third, would go on to win.

Thunder Ridge Condition Sheet Week 1

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thunder Ridge Qualifiers

Thunder Ridge is scheduled to have qualifiers on April 19 and 22. The Race Office number is (606) 886-1977.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Senate revenue bill includes the Standardbred Development Fund

The Senate on Tuesday approved a 1.5% tax on Instant Racing wagering and includes:

"An amount equal to one percent (1%) of all money wagered on live races and historical horse races at the track for harness racing shall be deposited in the Kentucky standardbred development fund"

The House did not concur. The bill will now go to a committee with members from the House and Senate.

Read the full text by Clicking Here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Red Mile applies for Instant Racing license; HB 445 assigned to Committee

The Daily Racing Form is reporting that the Red Mile and Keeneland have separately applied to the KHRC for licenses to operate Instant Racing machines and the applications will be discussed at the commission’s April 2 meeting.
KHHA representatives are scheduled to meet with the Red Mile Wednesday afternoon (March 19), presumably, to discuss their application process.
Meanwhile, HB 445 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Revenue (Click Here for a list of Committee Members). The committee "discussed" the bill Tuesday morning and the Standardbred Development Fund was not mentioned. The bill has not been scheduled for consideration. 
It is more important than ever to contact your Senator!
If you do not know who your Senator is Click Here to find out.
You may call the Toll-Free Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 to leave a message and/or e-mail your Senator by Clicking Here.

Monday, March 17, 2014


The KHHA has been working diligently to have HB 445 corrected since it was introduced in the House. Now, all KY horsemen needs to take action to have the Standardbred Development Fund included in the Instant Racing tax.

You can do this by contacting your Senator. If you don't know who your Senator is Click Here to find out.

You may call the Toll-Free Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 to leave a message and/or e-mail your Senator by Clicking Here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

House passes Instant Racing Tax

The Kentucky House approved House Bill 445, a bill that includes a 2% instant racing wagering tax, by a 53-44 vote. The so called “revenue bill” was voted against by many due to it also increasing the gasoline tax. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.

Most importantly for harness horsemen, the bill creates a new Section of KRS 138.510 to 138.550 that reads:

(1)       Beginning on April 1, 2014, an excise tax is imposed on all tracks conducting pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse races under the jurisdiction of the commission at a rate of two percent (2%) of all money wagered on historical horse races at the track during the fiscal year.(2)       Amounts collected pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall be deposited as follows:
          (a)     An amount equal to three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) of all money wagered on historical horse races at the track during the fiscal year, not to exceed two million dollars ($2,000,000) in each fiscal year, shall be deposited in the Thoroughbred development fund established by KRS 230.400; and
          (b)     The remainder of the amount collected shall be deposited in the general fund.(3)       This tax shall be collected and administered as provided in Section 6 of this Act.

This new language is very similar to the current pari-mutuel tax on “live racing”, however it does not include any funding for the Standardbred Development Fund (which funds the Kentucky Sires Stakes) as the “live racing” tax currently does. The legislature estimates that the Thoroughbred Development Fund will receive $2 million as a result of the bill. Assuming this number is correct, the Standardbred Development Fund could be missing out on $2 million if changes aren’t made.

Even worse, the current House Bill would have Red Mile Instant Racing machines paying into the Thoroughbred Development Fund.

The bill is expected to make its way through the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee who will make revisions to the bill.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Instant Racing tax being debated

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has the legal authority to regulate instant racing, but that the pari-mutuel tax, which applies only to "live" racing, cannot be used to collect state revenues from the games.
Without action by the legislature to reword the pari-mutuel tax law it appears the racetracks  will take the machine's profits tax free. A revision to the tax law will not only allow the machines to continue generating millions for the state but will also allow the machines to add money to the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund (KSDF), which funds the Kentucky Sires Stakes. The KSDF is funded, in part, by a percentage of the pari-mutuel taxes collected on all money wagered on live races at the track for harness racing.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

KY Supreme Court rules Instant Racing legally implemented

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission "has the statutory authority to license and regulate the operation of pari-mutuel wagering on historic horse racing". However, "under the present statutory scheme for taxing the wagering handle on horse racing in Kentucky, the Department does not have the authority to collect the statutory excise tax on the wagering on historic horse races" and "whether the licensed operation of wagering on historic horse racing, pursuant to the Commission's authority, violates the gambling provisions of the Kentucky Penal Code is an issue that depends upon facts not in the record, and therefore, must be deferred pending further proceedings in the circuit court". 

Click here for the full opinion.

More to come….

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Instant Racing decision may be near

The Supreme Court of Kentucky is scheduled to release opinions on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Many have speculated that it will include the "Instant Racing" decision that horseman have been anxiously awaiting.