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Kentucky Racetracks Applaud KHRC’s Adoption Of ‘Meaningful’ Medication Reforms

Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racetracks – Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs – united in their support of the medication reforms adopted Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC). Their passage demonstrates an unprecedented unity among Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing associations and a commitment to continue moving forward on initiatives that further strengthen […]

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Longtime Churchill Track Superintendent Butch Lehr Hired At Kentucky Downs

Raymond “Butch” Lehr is Kentucky Downs’ new track superintendent, enlisted to oversee the care of America’s most unique turf course following the retirement of Ron Moore. Lehr became one of the industry’s most-respected and best-known track superintendents during his 30 years in that post at Churchill Downs, where he worked for 46 1/2 years overall […]

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Kentucky Downs Launches Expansion And Renovation Project

Kentucky Downs officially embarked on a new era under the ownership headed by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone with Thursday’s groundbreaking for the $25 million first phase of the racetrack and year-round gaming and entertainment facility’s expansion and renovation. “Today was starting the process: We’re going to make it bigger and better from top to […]

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‘You Don’t Get Many Shots’: Zulu Alpha Taking Hui To Breeders’ Cup Turf

Michael Hui is parlaying some of the money that Zulu Alpha won in taking Kentucky Downs’ $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup into a $100,000 bet on the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. Monday was the deadline to pre-enter horses in racing’s world championships. It costs $50,000 […]

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‘Confident’ Arnold Has Pair Of Chances In Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Rusty Arnold, seeking his first Breeders’ Cup victory in a career spanning more than 40 years, sent out his two $1 million Turf Sprint contenders for timed workouts Sunday at Keeneland, with Totally Boss working on dirt about 6:15 in the morning and Leinster on turf at 10 a.m. Totally Boss earned his entry into […]

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Returning From Injury, Mena Appreciates ‘Good Shot’ In Breeders’ Cup With Peace Achieved

Peace Achieved is unbeaten in three starts with blinkers and jockey Miguel Mena, a streak his team hopes to continue in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. After two defeats sprinting, the newly-blinkered Peace Achieved impressively won a maiden race at Ellis Park, captured Kentucky Downs’ $500,000 Gainesway Farm Juvenile and in following that […]

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Kentucky Downs Set For Three-Phase Expansion, Will Double Gaming Operation

With preliminary approval from the Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission, Kentucky Downs this fall will embark on its largest construction project since the track opened in 1990. The first of three phases will add 18,000 square feet with an estimated investment of approximately $25 million. The new building will feature more gaming as well as more […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: The Issue With Race Timing At Kentucky Downs

“Embracing a Future with Free Racing Data,” the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s March 2019 white paper, presented a case by which the industry’s data provider Equibase would make its raw data available free for private, non-commercial use. #FreeDataFriday, an ongoing series launched today by the TIF, will regularly outline the state of the information business in […]

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Legends Of War Leads 1-2 Finish For Doug O’Neill In Kentucky Downs Stakes Finale

After a quiet first four days of the Kentucky Downs meet, two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill waited until closing day and the meet’s final stakes race, to announce his stable’s presence. And did he ever. O’Neill-trained runners Legends of War and Stubbins finished one-two in Thursday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Nevada State Bank Franklin-Simpson Stakes […]

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Kentucky Downs Meet Ends With 13.2% Increase In Wagering; Big Changes Planned For 2020

The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., concluded its five-date meet on Sept. 12, once again breaking wagering records, with betting from all sources totaling $41,239,699. That’s a 13.2-percent increase over the $36,421,721 wagered in 2018. Kentucky Downs set a record for each of the meet’s corresponding dates, including the $7,280,542 bet on […]

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