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Anonymous Owner Donates $5,000 Of Kentucky Downs Winnings To Assist Injured Jockey Carmouche

A stakes-winning owner during Kentucky Downs recent meet is donating $5,000 for assistance to Kendrick Carmouche, the jockey who sustained a severely fractured leg when his mount fell after being forced to clip heels. “Our group was fortunate enough to win a large purse at Kentucky Downs,” said the owner, who did not want to […]

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Kentucky Downs Sets New Marks For Wagering, Purses, Field Size

Kentucky Downs smashed its handle record for the sixth straight year, with a total of $36,421,722 wagered on the five-date meet. All-sources betting of $7,021,553 on Thursday was a record for the closing card. The total tops by 20 percent last year’s $30,246,888. Consider that Kentucky Downs set a betting record in 2013 of $12,814,891. […]

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Channel Cat Wins Dueling Grounds Derby; Osare Takes Oaks As Kentucky Downs Handle Soars

Record-setting trainer Todd Pletcher picked a great time to win his first race at Kentucky Downs since 2010 as Calumet Farm’s Channel Cat outfought the late-running Cullum Road to win the $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby by a head on Wednesday’s penultimate card of America’s most unique race meet. Winning the $300,000 Fifth Third […]

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Ramsey Farm Favorite Mom’s On Strike Has Unusual ‘Chapter’ In Her Story

The 7-2 favorite for Thursday’s Ramsey Farm Stakes at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., is the 5-year-old mare Mom’s On Strike, winner of Keeneland’s Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes at 1 1/2 miles and subsequently a good fourth in Belmont’s Grade 2 New York after being very far back and second in Saratoga’s off-the-turf $200,000 Waya. […]

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After First $10-Million Day, Kentucky Downs Set To Topple 2017 Wagering Record

With the track’s first $10-million day in history Saturday, Sept. 8, Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., is on pace to topple last year’s record handle, which in turn smashed the 2016 mark. A total of $22,070,345 was wagered on Kentucky Downs through the first three days of the five-date 2018 meet that pays the highest […]

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‘Hard-Luck’ Captivating Moon Takes Aim On Dueling Grounds Derby

Trainer Chris Block is hoping that Captivating Moon, the 3-1 favorite for Wednesday’s rescheduled $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs can turn one of his seconds into the colt’s first stakes victory. Captivating Moon will be ridden by Florent Geroux, who won two stakes last Saturday, including the $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky […]

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Thursday’s Old Friends Stakes Draws Overflow Field Of 15 At Kentucky Downs

Thursday’s featured $250,000 Old Friends Stakes at Kentucky Downs is for horses who haven’t won a stakes race in 2018. That doesn’t mean the horses in the overflow field of 15 don’t possess talent. The Old Friends, conducted at a mile and 70 yards, attracted an excellent field whose entries include a Grade 1 winner […]

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Lanerie Celebrates Emotional Riding Title At Ellis, To Miss Most Of Kentucky Downs Meet

Jockey Corey Lanerie captured one more race on Monday’s closing card to finish Ellis Park’s 2018 meet with 30 victories out of 137 mounts after missing the first six days following the death of his wife, Shantel. Lanerie won Monday’s 10th race for older maidens aboard Marzo. He also had three seconds, including in the […]

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Lanerie, Cox Clinch Summer Titles At Ellis Park

Jockey Corey Lanerie, trainer Brad Cox and owner Joey K. Davis clinched the meet titles Sunday for Ellis Park with Monday’s closing card still to go. Monday’s special 12-race Labor Day card will feature the same Value Day discounted prices on draft beer, soda and hotdogs that are offered on Sundays. Lanerie, who missed the […]

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Bound For Nowhere Among Stakes Winners On Big Opening Day At Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs had its second-highest betting day in track history on Saturday’s opening card of the five-day meet offering among the highest average daily purses in the world, with a total of $6,205,873 bet on the 10-race card that featured four stakes. The day is topped only by the $8,487,323 wagered on what would have […]

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