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Kentucky Downs To Increase Number Of Historical Racing Machines

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously granted permission for Kentucky Downs to increase their number of historical horse racing machines, reports drf.com. Currently operating 775 machines, Kentucky Downs will bump that number to 1,200 machines. The facility has planned an expansion for the new machines, which will also need to be approved by the commission. Both […]

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Ellis Park’s Growth Over Past 12 Years ‘Nothing Short Of Amazing’

The 30-date Thoroughbred meet at Kentucky’s Ellis Park runs July 1 through Labor Day, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Wednesday July 4, Thursday July 5 and Monday Sept. 3. There is no racing Saturday, Sept. 1. “This is the 12th year I’ve been here since we bought the track from Churchill Downs right […]

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Kentucky Downs Enriching Purse Funds By $500,000 Each At Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Keeneland

Kentucky Downs is transferring $500,000 apiece to the purse accounts at Ellis Park, Churchill Downs and Keeneland in an unprecedented agreement with the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents owners and trainers at the commonwealth’s five Thoroughbred tracks. “This is jaw-dropping and unparalleled in horse racing, to have one track boosting purses paid […]

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Kentucky Downs: Tickets For Open-Air Finish Line Pavilion Now Available Online

Kentucky Downs’ online ticket office is open for purchasing reserved seating at America’s most unique race meet, Sept. 1, 6, 8, 9 and 13. Tickets can be bought at http://kentuckydowns.com/racing/live-racing/buy-tickets. The popular tent at the track’s finish line is being transformed into the open-air Finish Line Pavilion, a permanent structure whose seating will expand from […]

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Kentucky Downs Meet: Record $10 Million In Purses, New Breeders’ Cup Prep

Kentucky Downs will offer a record $10 million in purses and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund supplements at its five-date meet Sept. 1-13, with all 13 existing stakes getting increases and the creation of the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint. The Juvenile Turf Sprint, to be held Sept. 8, is designed as a steppingstone to the new $1 […]

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Ellis Park Adding Quartet Of Turf Stakes Funded By Kentucky Downs

Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs are teaming again to boost the Kentucky racing circuit and keep horses and jobs in the state during the summer, with Kentucky Downs funding four new $100,000 turf stakes at Ellis on Aug. 5. Ellis Park runs July 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays […]

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Kentucky Downs Celebrating Grand Reopening March 23

Kentucky Downs is throwing a party to celebrate completion of its extensive clubhouse renovation. The track’s Grand Reopening will be Friday, March 23 to show off Kentucky Downs’ remodeling of the year-round entertainment center that also is America’s most unique horse-racing venue. The event is for those at least 21 years old. As always, admission […]

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‘The Latest Step In Our Evolution’: Another Graded Stake Added To Kentucky Downs Meet

Kentucky Downs’ racing program received its fourth graded stakes with the $350,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint awarded Grade 3 status for 2018. The 6 1/2-furlong turf race became one of only five newly graded stakes in the United States. Graded stakes are those judged the best in America, with Grade I being the very elite, […]

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BC Juvenile Turf: Snapper Sinclair Working ‘Brilliantly’ In Hopes Of Making Field

Bloom Racing’s 2-year-old colt Snapper Sinclair hadn’t even cooled out after capturing Kentucky Downs’ $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile when the plans were made to send him to Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. Trainer Steve Asmussen said at Kentucky Downs that Snapper Sinclair would not have another race in between, […]

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Claim To Breeders’ Cup: 8-Year-Old Hogy ‘Deserves A Chance’ In Turf Sprint

Owner Michael Hui dropped $80,000 to claim the 8-year-old Hogy three starts back at Saratoga, and the gelding has been rewarding him thus far. After repairing a slight breathing issue, Hogy went out and captured the $400,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes on Sept. 9, then ran second in the Grade 2 Woodford at Keeneland […]

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