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Kentucky Downs Research Day Sponsorships Sold Out

Sponsorships have again been obtained for all four of the races Kentucky Downs made available for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day, to be held on Saturday, August 31. Equibase, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and Starlight Partners are each sponsoring an overnight race. All sponsorship dollars go to Grayson to support […]

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‘It’s Gonna Be Quick’: Runhappy To Sponsor Kentucky Downs Meet

The fastest five days in horse racing now is officially the Runhappy Meet at Kentucky Downs, thanks to a sponsorship agreement with Houston furniture magnate Jim McIngvale, owner of the former sprint champion and current stallion Runhappy. The Runhappy Meet at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and […]

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Hammerle Nails 11 Of 12 To Win Fifth Week Of Summer Prop Contest

Rick Hammerle, new director of horsemen’s relations and racing relations at Kentucky Downs and the new racing coordinator at Oaklawn Park, correctly selected 11 of 12 props to win the fifth week of the TIF Summer Prop Contest. Hammerle’s tiebreaker was closer to actual result of the Arlington Million exacta, giving him the win over […]

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Kentucky Downs Or Bust: Fans Earn VIP Trip To Unique Grass Meet

Ann Chaloux of Livonia, Mich., and Jim Reams of Somerset, Ky., are the grand prize winners of Kentucky Downs’ #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest, earning a VIP trip to America’s most unique race meet. Joining them will be Kim Mosier, whom the track is honoring as a special Kentucky Downs Ambassador in recognition of her original […]

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Ellis’ Kentucky Downs Preview Card Sees 36 Handle Increase

When he put in the claim slip for Factor This a year ago at Saratoga, trainer Brad Cox did so believing there was stakes-winning potential within the colt that just needed the right scenario to surface. Even after watching the 4-year-old drop his first three starts for his new connections, Cox still saw enough intangibles […]

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Record-Setting Leinster Will Follow Kentucky Downs Route To Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Amy Dunne’s Leinster emerged from his winning graded stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade 3 Troy in good order, trainer Rusty Arnold said on Sunday morning. The 4-year-old Majestic Warrior bay colt broke the track record for 5 ½ furlongs at Saratoga completing the race in a time of 1:00.23 on a firm Mellon turf course, […]

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Kentucky Downs Beefs Up Racing Office, Broadcast Team

Rick Hammerle, among horse racing’s most respected and innovative officials; popular New England sportscaster and former NBC racing analyst Bob Neumeier, and jockey Aaron Gryder are joining the Kentucky Downs team for America’s most unique race meet. Kentucky Downs runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12. The all-turf meet offers America’s largest […]

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Bentley Combs Seeking First Stakes With With $30,000 Claim Botswana

Trainer Bentley Combs’ association with the gelding Botswana began horribly. He claimed the horse for $30,000 in Botswana’s first career start 10 races ago. When the race was over, Combs owned a horse who had never been in the hunt and struggled home 12th. “It was probably the most sinking feeling of my life, to […]

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Stave ‘Good To Go’ For Another Stakes Try In Sunday’s Kentucky Downs Preview

Trainer Larry Jones was disappointed when Hinkle Farms’ Stave came a head shy of winning her first career stakes in the $75,000 Ellis Park Turf on July 7. But the 4-year-old filly gets another crack at becoming a stakes-winner in Sunday’s $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf. “It was close. It was a good race,”Jones […]

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Kentucky Downs Moves First Post Times Back An Hour For Upcoming Meet

Kentucky Downs is moving the starting time for its first race to 12:15 p.m. Central, up from the 1:25 p.m. in recent years. America’s most unique race meet runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12 over the all-grass track on the Tennessee border. “It just makes sense for a variety of reasons,” […]

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