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Kentucky HBPA Raffling Televisions To Benefit Family Of Late Exercise Rider Odanis Acuna

The Kentucky HBPA’s foundation is raffling off one 40-inch and two 32-inch televisions, with proceeds going to the family of Odanis Acuna, the 42-year-old veteran exercise rider killed Saturday morning in a training accident at Churchill Downs. Acuna, nicknamed Cuba for his homeland, leaves a wife and three young children. The raffle chances are $10 […]

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Distaff, Likely Eclipse Award Winner Monomoy Girl ‘Always Had A Mind Of Her Own’

On horse racing’s biggest global stage, Monomoy Girl became only the third Kentucky Oaks winner to also take the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the same year. She further entrenched her status as the country’s best 3-year-old filly in Saturday’s length victory over Wow Cat at Churchill Downs. “That’s what you’re looking for, […]

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Kentucky Downs Files Application To ‘Fill A Void’ With Oak Grove Harness Track

The ownership of Kentucky Downs has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a standardbred track to be named Oak Grove Meadows on 80 acres near the intersection of Interstate 24 and U.S. 41-A in close proximity to Fort Campbell and Clarksville, Tenn. Kentucky Downs is committing $45 million to the […]

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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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