(Trainer Neil Howard / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
From the KY HBPA:
More Turfway horsemen weigh in on impact of HHR
Media: The Kentucky House of Representatives’ Licensing and Occupations committee overwhelmingly approved SB 120 this morning, with the bill that would protect Historical Horse Racing at Kentucky’s racetracks expected to go to the House floor for the final vote on Thursday. If passed, Gov. Andy Beshear is expected to quickly sign the legislation.
Below are more interviews with Turfway Park horsemen sharing their thoughts on how HHR has impacted the Kentucky circuit, themselves and what happens if the bill doesn’t pass and HHR isn’t protected and goes away. These videos, edited for length, are available for any media use as part of the Kentucky HBPA’s mission of trying to provide quality racing content to news outlets in resource-challenging and COVID-era times.
Trainer Chip Brownfield has spent his 20 years as a trainer at Turfway in the winter and lives nearby. He says if HHR is protected and Turfway with its new all-weather track stays open for stabling year-round, he’ll just stay here all year and ship around in spring, summer and fall to various tracks in the region.
Trainer Neil Howard, who has trained almost 40 years, including training 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft, 1990 Preakness Stakes with Summer Squall and the 2000 Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Status, started his career around Turfway-River Downs (Cincinnati) but returned this winter for the first time in years. He says HHR makes it possible for Kentucky to have a true year-round circuit.
D.W. Fries, assistant trainer to Churchill Downs-based trainer Mike Tomlinson. Tomlinson has a string at Turfway Park for the first time in years, having more recently gone to Gulfstream Park (where he continues to have a substantial string for the winter) and Tampa. With purses better at Turfway, he gave up having horses at Tampa Bay Downs. Fries says his stable’s presence at Turfway is a direct result of the promise of HHR.