Dueling Grounds

Jose Ortiz Doubles Up In Dueling Grounds Derby, Oaks

Jockey Jose Ortiz missed opening day of the five-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, but the track’s 2018 riding champion has made the most of the three days he has ridden, including sweeping Sunday’s $600,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby under Social Paranoia and the $348,250 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with Princesa Carolina. […]

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‘Anytime You Win Down There, It’s Good’: Wilkes Can Cap Big Meet At KY Downs With Sonic Boom

Ian Wilkes probably can’t catch Mike Maker for the Kentucky Downs training title. But he can certainly end America’s most unique race meet in style. Wilkes runs five horses on Thursday’s closing card, including the intriguing 3-1 favorite Sonic Boom in the $250,000 Franklin-Simpson Stakes for 3-year-olds and Sweet Tapper in the $350,000 Ramsey Farm […]

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Daddys Lil Darling Powers To A New Course Record In Dueling Grounds Oaks

On another record-setting day Sunday at Kentucky Downs, Daddys Lil Darling set the course record for 1 5/16 miles as the Kentucky Oaks runner-up exploded through the stretch for a 4 1/4-length victory over Summer Luck in the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks. Daddys Lil Darling, the even-money favorite under Julien Leparoux, finished matters in 2:10.97, […]

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Kentucky Downs: Reserved Seating Now On Sale For 2017 Meet

Reserved seats are now on sale online for Kentucky Downs’ elite all-grass race meet in September, including in the track’s new second-floor Directors’ Room. Racing fans, horseplayers, sports enthusiasts and those looking to have a good time at a unique venue can purchase tickets for the five-date meet at www.kentuckydowns.com/racing/live-racing/buy-tickets. Kentucky Downs conducts live racing […]

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From ‘Ant Hills’ To Upping The Ante: The History Of Kentucky Downs

When the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf goes to the post Saturday, Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen expects to reflect back on the same race a decade earlier. Johnsen and his partner Ray Reid came to Kentucky Downs for the first time to watch their Argentine champion Honey Rose run in the 2006 Ladies Turf. Johnsen […]

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Full Fields Rule Opening Day At Kentucky Downs

A total of 189 horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 10-race opening card at all-turf Kentucky Downs — with nine races luring a capacity 12 horses or more, including three out of four stakes. The stakes are each worth $350,000, which includes $200,000 of purse supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund for horses born […]

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Major Renovations Underway At Kentucky Downs

The management of Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., have begun major renovations at the facility which they hope will be completed by the time the meet starts on Sept. 3. The Bowling Green Daily News reports that crews began working on the renovations about a month ago. Total cost of the project is estimated to be around $4 million. […]

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Wagering Record Established at Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs closed out its highly successful 2014 live racing season on Wednesday, and the track established new records for wagering handle and starters per race during the five race-date season. A total of $15,880,755 was wagered on the Kentucky Downs races during the 2014 meeting, shattering the previous record of $12,814,967, established in 2013, […]

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Medal Count, Global View Clash in Dueling Grounds Derby

The inaugural $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby is one of three stakes races that headline the opening day of the 2014 Kentucky Downs meet. The unique, European-style in Franklin, Ky., will conduct five days of racing on September 6,10,13,17 and 24. The Dueling Grounds Derby, a 1 5/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds has attracted a competitive field […]

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KY Downs to Offer Record Purses During 2014 Racing Season

The 2014 Kentucky Downs live all-turf racing season will feature record purses in excess of $1 million per card for each of its five days. Saturday, September 6 is opening day at the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack, with full cards set for Wednesday, September 10, Saturday, September 13, Wednesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 24. “More […]

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