Kentucky Downs has filed an appeal in Circuit Court over the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's decision to award a Standardbred license to a partnership between Keeneland and Churchill Downs, the Blood-Horse reports.
The appeal requests the awarding of a license in Oak Grove, Ky., be struck down, saying the KHRC didn't have or follow proper track licensing procedures. The filing also points out that at the time of the KHRC decision, Churchill Downs Incorporated's new Derby City Gaming facility was being fined for violating rules related to historical horse racing.
Kentucky Downs argues the new Standardbred track and historical horse racing machines will hurt its business.
“Based on the criteria that were in place in 2017 and 2018, the commission is required to consider construction cost estimates, revenue projections, market research studies, and to analyze whether the proposed projects are sustainable and in the best interest of the horse industry,” the appeal argues. “The commission must also consider the effect of the application on other existing racetracks.”
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