'I Need Time To Breathe, Recover And Relax': Country Music Star, Thoroughbred Owner Toby Keith Undergoing Cancer Treatments - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘I Need Time To Breathe, Recover And Relax’: Country Music Star, Thoroughbred Owner Toby Keith Undergoing Cancer Treatments

Toby Keith in the Ellis Park paddock in 2019 with one of his runners

Award-winning Country music singer-songwriter, entertainer, and successful Thoroughbred owner Toby Keith revealed Sunday on Twitter that he was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and has been undergoing treatment.

Keith owns Dream Walkin' Farms, an Oklahoma-based Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation.

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith, 60, said on Twitter. “I've spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation, and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax. I am looking forward to spending this time with my family, but I will see the fans sooner than later. I can't wait.”

Keith, whose full name is Toby Keith Covel, has operated Dream Walkin' Farms for more than three decades and has won several stakes in his native Oklahoma and elsewhere. Top runners include Bret Calhoun-trained Cactus Ridge, winner of the 2003 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3), and Smack Smack, winner of the 2016 Cornhusker (G3) and an earner of $986,419 for trainer Don Von Hemel.

Keith has been a leading owner at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Remington Park in his home state of Oklahoma.

Runners under Keith's Dream Walkin' Farms banner have compiled a 811-827-808 record from 6,222 starts through June 11, according to Equibase, while bankrolling more than $17.5 million in earnings.

In 2022, Dream Walkin' Farms is represented by 144 starters who have compiled 15-21-22 record while racing at Prairie Meadows and Louisiana Downs and earning $428,772.

Keith has been a familiar fixture at public auctions in Kentucky. In recent years, he has kept 40-plus broodmares in the Bluegrass State and held interests in several stallions.

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