The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs started off with a total of $8,464,103 wagered on the 10-race card, the record for the opening day and third-highest ever in track history.
The all-time record is the $10,039,008 wagered on the second Saturday of the 2018 meet, traditionally the biggest day of the five-day meet. Ranking No. 2 is the $8,487,323 wagered on the second Saturday of the 2017 session.
“As always, it was a big day, a big crowd on hand, big handle all over,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs' senior vice president and general manager. “We don't charge admission, so we don't pretend to come up with an attendance count. We just know it was a very large opening day crowd, probably the largest we've ever had, but we don't know for sure. The racing was great. I think our fans, and all true racing fans, have to love a day like today: Nice weather, albeit a bit warm, and a great card with quality horses, full fields and low betting takeout — and it sells.
“We had some glitches; we always do on opening day. There were some problems with equipment overheating in the 90-degree weather, which was what happened when we found ourselves without the sound of Michael Wrona's call in the Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies. We appreciate everyone's patience and we are working right now on resolving the hiccups. But I think everybody enjoyed themselves, and I thought Michael Wrona's race calls over such an unusual course were entertaining and exceptional.
“We look forward to having everybody back on Thursday, whether at the track or across the country through simulcasting.”
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