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Winchell On New Competition For Kentucky Downs: ‘We’re Going To Gear Up’

Reaction from Kentucky Downs’ prospective new owners, Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday afternoon voted 11-3 without discussion to award the license for a harness track and historical horse racing (HHR) operation in Oak Grove, Ky., to a partnership between Churchill Downs and Keeneland, rejecting the applications of […]

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Casner: Kentucky Downs Has Led The Way On Historical Horse Racing

There isn’t much I haven’t done, seen or experienced in the horse racing industry, including being a racetrack owner as a partner in Kentucky Downs. And the rise of Kentucky Downs is one of the most important developments in Kentucky racing in this decade and one I am most proud of. The Kentucky Horse Racing […]

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Kentucky Commission Receives Three Applications For New Harness Track

After putting out a call for new applications for race dates, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s race dates committee announced Tuesday it has received three applications for a new harness track in the southwestern part of the state. Applications came from WKY Development LLC (a partnership between Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland), Kentucky Downs, and […]

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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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Arizona Downs’ New OTB Triggers 25 Percent Increase In Simulcast Handle

The new Arizona Downs’ off-track-betting operation triggered a 25-percent surge in simulcast wagering in the greater Prescott market for August, the facility’s first full month in business, over the same time frame in 2017, according to the state’s racing commission. Arizona Downs brought back wagering on racetracks across the country to the site of 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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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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Kentucky Downs, Kentucky HBPA Pledge $5 Per Start To Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Kentucky Downs and the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have each pledged $5 per start at the 2018 Kentucky Downs race meet to go to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The 2018 Kentucky Downs meet runs five days: Sept. 1, Sept. 6, Sept. 8, Sept. 9, and Sept. 13. The TAA accredits, inspects, and awards […]

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Arizona Downs In Prescott Valley Opening Simulcast Facility July 13

Friday, July 13th, will be a lucky day for those in the Arizona’s Prescott Valley region wanting a new place to bet on horse racing as well as another entertainment venue. The new Arizona Downs is bringing back wagering on racetracks across the country to the site of the old Yavapai Downs on July 13. […]

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Back To The Future: Former Yavapai Downs To Reopen With New (Old) Name

The former Yavapai Downs horse track will reopen with a new name: Arizona Downs. The new ownership of the horse track in Prescott Valley has changed Yavapai Downs’ name to Arizona Downs. That was the name of a former racetrack in Phoenix that opened in 1951 at one site and later ran its annual race […]

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