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Kentucky Downs Pays Out Record $8.6 Million In Purses

Kentucky Downs paid out a record $8,619,000 in purses and Kentucky-bred purse supplements at its meet that concluded Thursday. The average daily purses of $1,723,800 for the five-date meet is the highest average in North America, made possible by the track’s historical horse racing operation that marries the sport’s parimutuel structure with electronic games based […]

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Dinkin On Horseplayers: The Untouchable Shared Racetrack Experience

This article originally appeared in the August/Sept. issue of “Horseplayer Monthly,” a free e-magazine produced by the Horseplayers Association of North America. If you’d like to sign up to have it delivered free each month in your inbox, or to read back issues, please visit the Horseplayer Monthly page here. The community of horseplayers is small; […]

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Kentucky Downs Ranked No. 1 – And Determined To Improve From There

Kentucky Downs carries into its 2016 meet that begins Saturday the mantel of being the top-ranked racetrack by the Horseplayers Association of North America for two straight years. The track’s goal: Improve from there. “We want to be known as the Horseplayers’ Race Track,” said Corey Johnsen, Kentucky Downs’ president and part-owner, as well as […]

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Strong Support For National Oversight Of Drug Regulations In Daily Racing Form Readers Poll

An online poll conducted by Daily Racing Form demonstrated strong support among its readers for federal legislation to install an independent, non-governmental agency to regulate horse racing’s medication rules on a national basis. Of the more than 1,800 respondents to the survey, Daily Racing Form reports that nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – favored legislation introduced by […]

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Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity Issues Response To HANA Poll

Statement from Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity Regarding Horseplayers Association of North America Poll The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity has released the following statement in response to the publication of a poll by the Horseplayers Association of North America reflecting overwhelming support among bettors for reforming drug use and enforcement in horse racing: “Horseplayers […]

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HANA’s No. 1 Track: Top Five Reasons To Play Kentucky Downs

Saturday marks the opening of the five-day 2015 Kentucky Downs meet, which will provide 50 of the best betting races of the year. Subsequent dates for live racing over the European-style turf course are on Sept. 10, 12, 16 and 19. This year marks the first time the track reached the top spot in the […]

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Towers: Lifetime Customer Value — Racing Could Take A Cue From The Masters

This article appears in the June issue of “Horseplayer Monthly,” a free e-magazine produced by the Horseplayers Association of North America. If you’d like to sign up to have it delivered free each month in your inbox, or to read back issues, please visit the Horseplayer Monthly page here. I read with interest the reaction to […]

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Moon: Getting Back To Basics Will Attract Handle, New Horseplayers

Wagering handle in North America has been on a negative trajectory for over a decade. It peaked at just under $16 billion in 2003 but has dropped year over year in nine of the last eleven years. In 2014, the total North American wagering handle was just over $11 billion, which is equivalent to 1995 […]

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Moon: What’s The Cure For Lazy Bettor Syndrome?

This article originally appeared in a recent edition of “Horseplayer Monthly,” a free e-magazine produced by the Horseplayers Association of North America. If you’d like to sign up to have it delivered free each month in your inbox, or to read back issues, please visit the Horseplayer Monthly page here. How much time do you spend, […]

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Kentucky Downs Earns Top Honors From HANA For First Time In 2015

Kentucky Downs, the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack that races a short, all-turf meet, has topped the 2015 HANA Racetrack Rankings. Kentucky Downs unseated Keeneland, who led the rankings for the first six years. The HANA Racetrack Ratings are based on an algorithm using factors indicative of horseplayer betting value, gleaned from both empirical and academic study. […]

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