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Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Known as the home of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs Racetrack conducts Thoroughbred horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. Thoroughbred racing, the Kentucky Derby, and the Kentucky Oaks have run continuously at Churchill Downs Racetrack since 1875.

“When my mother was just a little girl, some 80-odd years ago, she rode her bicycle around the dirt track. She probably clocked the distance faster than some horses I have bet on. LOL. But…It was only a matter of time before the world’s most renown racetrack became my “home track.” Only a matter of time.” – Gene McLean

Warren Vans

Equine transportation company owned and operated by 5th generation horsemen. WE KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN, SO WE KNOW WHAT YOU EXPECT FROM US ON THE ROAD.

“This horse transportation company is truly a family affair, created and now chartered by two brothers who were literally born and raised in the Thoroughbred industry. Would not surprise me a little if they were foaled in a stall next to the pregnant mares. LOL. From the time they were old enough to hold a shank, they have been working with horses, and tutored by one of the best hard boot trainers I have ever known. They learned their lessons well. Today, no-one loves, cherishes or cares for the horse more or better than they do. No. One.” – Gene McLean

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association – Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders are a horseman’s group and trade association representing Thoroughbred breeding and racing in Kentucky. Kentucky is the biggest producer of Thoroughbred foals in the world, responsible for 40% of the US foal crop, the largest concentration of stallions, veterinary practices and breeding farms, and is home to the largest yearling and breeding stock sales, premier race meetings at Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs, and year-round racing at Turfway Park and Ellis Park.

“In 1988, I got the job as the Executive Vice President of the KTA. I was woefully unprepared and overmatched for the assignment. But it was the greatest learning experience of my professional career, and I will always remember some of the best people in the business that I met while there, and have admired ever since. The institution does an amazing job of promoting and enhancing the greatest sport on Earth.” – Gene McLean

Indiana Grand Race Cource

Indiana Grand brings you all of the excitement of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seven months out of the year.

“In 2020, right in the midst of the world’s greatest pandemic, I got the opportunity to race a filly at this beautiful racing facility in rural Indiana. I found a gem that matched our horse’s name — Diamond Solitaire. If you have not been to this amazing facility, do yourself and go. The people treat you with Grad 1 hospitality and respect. The racing is some of the best in the country. And, the facility is absolutely beautiful. Racing, truly, as it was meant to be.” – Gene McLean

Brisnet.com

“The only place you need to go for all of your handicapping tools and products. Their numbers are the best. Their comments are the best. Their variables are the best. Their statistics are the best. If you are going to bet your hard-earned money, why would you not rely on the best information there is? I do. Every single day.” – Gene McLean

Twinspires.com

“The best online betting platform in the Thoroughbred industry. Made my handicappers and horse people for handicappers and horse people. I invest here. And, the only thing I have to worry about is whether or not I have handicapped correctly and wagered accordingly. I never have to worry about TwinSpires.com being there. They always are.” – Gene McLean

Turfway Park

“The ‘New & Improved’ Turfway Park just finished its’ Winter-Spring Meet and it could not have gone any better. New riders. New trainers. New horses. New enthusiasm. And, new investment. Since Churchill Downs purchased the Northern Kentucky track, it has already installed a new Tapeta surface on one track, and has plans to build a traditional “dirt oval” inside of it. Construction has begun on the new grandstand and clubhouse. Wow. The designs is amazing. And, the track is sure to have the latest and greatest venue for Historical Horse Racing machines. It will be a racing fan’s destination location. Great things coming. Stay tuned.” – Gene McLean

Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel

“When Churchill Downs won the license to build a new Standardbred racetrack and adjoining HHR venue and hotel, the parent company pledged that it would spend millions to create a world-class racing facility and gaming operation. The best new Standardbred track and gaming operation in all of the land. At the same time, Churchill Downs pledged to spend thousands in marketing dollars to help build a fan base and a total tourist attraction. Check. Check. And, check. This addition to the Kentucky racing circuit will pump millions of dollars; hundreds of new jobs; and new life and enthusiasm into the Standardbred industry and help save that breed from extinction. It is truly amazing.” – Gene McLean

Exacta Systems

Exacta Systems was founded in 2012 to answer a growing market need: fresh, innovative thinking and product development in an exciting new entertainment business known as Historical Horse Racing.

We are investing in the future of horse racing by bringing to market an unprecedented line of electronic games capable of delivering a great player experience and a welcome business uplift for racing – millions of dollars of documented direct revenue benefits for authorizing states, track operators, horse owners, trainers, breeders and other vital industry stakeholders.

Arlington Park

Arlington International Racecourse (formerly Arlington Park, the name was Arlington Park Jockey Club from as soon as 1948 up to 1955) is a horse race track in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Horse racing in the Chicago region has been a popular sport since the early days of the city in the 1830s, and at one time Chicago had more horse racing tracks (six) than any other major metropolitan area. Arlington International was the site of the first thoroughbred race with a million-dollar purse in 1981. It is located near the Illinois Route 53 expressway. It was serviced by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. The premier event at Arlington Park is the International Festival of Racing, held in early August, which features three Grade 1 races on turf: the Arlington Million Stakes, Beverly D. Stakes and Secretariat Stakes.

“Undoubtedly, Arlington Park is one of the most beautiful and scenic racing venues in the entire world. It was rebuilt after a devastating fire by the legendary horseman and entrepreneur Richard L. Duchossois. He spared no expense. And, both the facility and the beautiful grounds show all the investment of money and love of the sport. I remember the first time I had a horse race over the grass course at Arlington Park. Truly, I got so caught up in the beauty of the race that I almost forgot to watch my horse perform. We happened to win that day, and that filly was later shipped to California where she became a Graded Stakes winner over the turf at Santa Anita. But I am convinced that she would not have accomplished any of that without having gotten her start in Chicago. It is a masterpiece. Without a doubt.”

– Gene McLean

Lyster Racing

Deerfield Farm

  • 2021 will mark Loren’s 33rd consecutive professional attendance at the Kentucky Derby and 11th year with Derby Experiences, the official ticket provider for Churchill Downs partnership with QuintEvents. Loren is the thoroughbred racing specialist and sales executive for all of QuintEvents’ racing partnerships including the Ky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup.
  • Her previous 15 years were with Visa®, involved in all aspects of managing its sponsorship of the Visa Triple Crown™ , the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup.
  • Once featured on an episode of A & E TV series “Airline” detailing the travel of the Triple Crown trophy to each racetrack.
  • Prior to the Visa Triple Crown, Loren assisted in the creation, development and the administration of the Early Times Triple Turf, a national grass racing series held in conjunction with the Triple Crown. Loren was later asked by Brown-Forman to create the first consumer relationship marketing program (CRM) utilizing Thoroughbred horse ownership. The Woodford Reserve Stables (2005) program was used as a template for today’s Churchill Downs Racing Club.
  • Current Member, and former Board of Directors, of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Assn. Broadcast Experience as part of WKPC’s Eclipse Award-winning “Dawn at the Downs,” WHAS-TV coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Maryland Jockey Club’s simulcast coverage of the Preakness Stakes and WLEX-TV’s “Inside Keeneland.”
  • Current member of the Board of Directors for The Kentucky Derby Museum, President of Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners (KTO) and a founding member of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society (LTS).
  • Married to Kentucky State Representative, House Speaker, and horse industry advocate, David Osborne.
    • The couple maintains an active racing and breeding farm just outside of Louisville.
    • Multiple horse partnerships are managed by the Osbornes.
    • Active at the Sales (horse auctions for racing and breeding)
  • The couple also donates two large pastures on their farm to Pegasus Equine Retirement Foundation where a small band of rescued or retired racehorses live out the remainder of their lives with love and appreciation.
  • Osbornes own thoroughbreds in whole or partnership – including:
    • Grade I Millionaire and multiple Graded-stakes winner Majestic Harbor – now standing at stud at Harris Farms in California.
    • 2009 Indiana Bred Horse of the Year and four-time (2009, 2010, 2011,2012) Indiana Sired Older-Horse Champion, Unreachable Star.
    • Multiple graded-stakes-winner Laura’s Pistolette.
    • Multiple stakes-placed, and sire Unloosened.
    • Stakes-winning Grand Traverse.

Majestic Harbor

Majestic Harbor, a bay horse foaled on April 6, 2008 by Rockport Harbor, was the leading runner for his sire; a very accomplished G1 and multiple Graded Stakes winner; and now proving to be a very successful sire, as well.

The horse — raced by a partnership that was led by Oldham County’s own Deerfield Farm of Loren Hebel-Osborne and David Osborne — retired with earnings of $1,295,614. His race record was 10-8-7 in 42 lifetime starts. And, his victories included wins in:

— G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita
— G2 Alyshebga Stakes at Churchill Downs
— G3 Mineshaft Stakes at the Fair Grounds
— G3 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita

In addition, Majestic Harbor gained “black type” in the following:

— 3rd in the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap
— 2nd in the G2 Marathon Stakes
— 2nd in the G3 Greenwood Cup Stakes
— 3rd in the G3 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes
— 3rd in the G2 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap
— 3rd in the G2 California Stakes
— 2nd in the G2 San Pasqual Stakes

If that isn’t impressive enough?

Consider:

Majestic Harbor was on the board in 31 of 42 lifetime starts — including 14 times in Graded Stakes and he also ran in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

And, now?

Well now, he is extending his career as a promising young stallion in California.

MAJESTIC HARBOR is the 2020 LEADING FRESHMAN SIRE in California!
His first crop yielded 50% runners to foals and a remarkable 28.6% Black-type horses to runners. Nationally, that percentage ranks #3 on the Freshman Sire List for stallions with five or more runners.