Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy featured on Spiral Stakes Day

The Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy, a division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, is among the two official named charities of the 2012 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park on March 24. Last year Animal Kingdom won the Vinery Spiral Stakes in his final prep before upsetting the Kentucky Derby.

The KRTC oversees chaplaincy programs at Turfway, Ellis Park, and Churchill Downs, and employs five full-time chaplains.

As an official named charity, KRTC will have a race named in its honor, and will receive matching gifts in the winner’s circle from Vinery and Turfway Park, in support of the Turfway chaplaincy. It will also be receiving cash donations, and auctioning a selection of premium artwork and electronics.

“What a great opportunity to showcase a wonderful ministry,” said KRTC president Pam Sears. Turfway’s chaplaincy has operated a successful food pantry and clothes closet for many years, as well as worship services and pastoral counseling for workers on the backside.

Turfway’s chaplain, Tom Farley, had a long and distinguished career before his recent retirement, his successor to be named in the coming months, according to RTCA director Paul Ransdell.

The other named charity of the Spiral Stakes is the Blue Grass Farms Charities.

For more information about the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy or to support this wonderful cause, go to www.kychaplaincy.org or contact RTCA’s National Service Center at (859) 410-7822.

Weather forecast for Breeders’ Cup

Churchill Downs had beautiful yet chilly weather this morning, but that quickly changed when heavy rains hit in the past few hours in Louisville, KY (SDF). However, the good news is that the weather will clear for Friday, ensuring a fast main track for both days of the Breeders’ Cup. The turf course drains well but will certainly have some “give” to it, although probably not as much as many of the Europeans are accustomed to. Overall, it looks as though conditions will be fair to all runners for Friday and Saturday.

One of the all time great racehorses has arrived for Breeders’ Cup

The Great Goldikova racehorseGOLDIKOVA (Ire) arrived last night in Louisville, Kentucky off her flight from Le Bourget Airport in France. The winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile the past three years over males will seek an unprecedented 4th win in the Breeders’ Cup. Due to the importance of this race, it has been moved to the final event before the featured Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.

There is nine hours of television coverage on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss a single moment.

Breeders’ Cup Wagering Manager Ken Kirchner

This is an insightful interview with my friend Ken Kirchner, who has managed the wagering and simulcast schedule for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for as long as I can remember.

“In 2000, the Breeders’ Cup was the first to add the pick four to the menu, and that’s now the most popular exotic bet in the country. We’ve experimented with head-to-head betting, future bets, jockey bets. We moved to reduce bet minimums, thereby giving more players the ability to cash in on the monster payouts offered every year at the Championships.”