Kentucky Downs Opening Day Sets Wagering Record; Up 108% from 2012

by | 09.07.2013 | 8:21pm
Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs opened its 21st  season of live racing with an all-time wagering record of $2,837,897 for Saturday's 10-race card.  With outstanding racing, the handle mark showed a 108% increase over the 2012 opening day figure.

“Today's record-breaking results illustrate the positive impact we can have as an industry when we all work together,” said Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnsen.  “We were able to offer great purses, fueled mostly by Instant Racing, which attracted top horses, jockeys, and trainers.  Couple those full fields with an attractive takeout and horseplayers around North American responded with a Kentucky Downs record handle.”

Live racing resumes next Wednesday, which is Jockey Hall of Fame Day.  Six riders in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame will make appearances at Kentucky Downs, with the first live race at 1:35 p.m.(Central).


  • PTP

    Congratulations to everyone at Kentucky Downs.


  • John G. Veitch Saratoga Spring

    Nice indeed!!

  • kwmets78

    Keep betting this track. Show the powers at NYRA and Calif racing what lowering takeout can do to increase handle!!!!

    • Guess again

      Show every e that takeout doesn’t matter when purses are funded by outside sources!

      • Concerned Observer

        Yes, but whether funded by the takeout on slots or instant racing. It is still takeout from someone.

  • Concerned Observer

    The takeout share of $2,837,897 equals $425,684. The purse half of takeout is $212,842.
    Actual purses paid (excludes KTDF) $605,000. Obviously, without instant racing revenue, this model is unsustainable.
    The great good news is that a remotely located track, can attract both good horses and a large remote betting audience. This may be a viable model in an internet savvy betting future.

  • we’re watching

    It sure was fun trying to identify which horse was which with no graphics, sun on the saddle cloths, and the prices show up about ten minutes after the official sign. Clean this up and you’ve got something.

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