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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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No Changes In Kentucky’s 2018 Race Dates

For the second year in a row, Kentucky’s schedule of racing dates will remain relatively unchanged, with Kentucky Downs maintaining a schedule of five racing days in early September. According to bloodhorse.com, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the following schedule for 2018: Turfway will run from January through the end of March, with […]

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Heavenly Love Will Train Up To Breeders’ Cup At Churchill Downs

Trainer Mark Casse enjoyed a tremendous opening day to the Keeneland Fall Meet on Friday with three victories headlined by Heavenly Love’s 5½-length romp in the Darley Alcibiades (G1). However, he did not see a single race live. “I was supposed to leave Gainesville (Florida) at 6 in the morning but they were having trouble with the plane,” Casse said. […]

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Opinion: Proposed Expansion Of Instant Racing In KY ‘A Bust’ For Taxpayers

Keeneland and Churchill Downs made headlines last month when they announced that they would be partnering on the development of two new racetracks in Kentucky. One will be in southeastern Kentucky in Corbin (Knox County), and the second will be in southwestern Kentucky in Oak Grove (Christian County). Not only would the facilities host live racing […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Churchill/Keeneland Gaming Partnership A Poorly Conceived Venture

Kentucky Downs had just concluded a record meet, one that saw more than $8.6 million in purse money paid out to owners over five days of racing exclusively over the European-style turf course. Pari-mutuel handle skyrocketed to more than $6 million per day, up by 34 percent over last year’s total (which was 34 percent […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Mounting Frustrations?

Things haven’t exactly been going smoothly in recent days when it comes to process at the races. A case of mistaken identity led to a mare running in a gelding’s place (and winning). A tote freeze-up allowed wagering to continue after the gates opened. One photo finish was misinterpreted; another was called a dead heat […]

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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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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Maker, Leparoux Find Success At Kentucky Downs

The graded stakes action was on the light side last weekend, with only four graded stakes contested. Despite the light schedule, there were still a couple of notable changes on this week’s American Graded Stakes Standings charts. Kentucky Downs offered three graded stakes last Saturday, and horses trained by Mike Maker captured two of them […]

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Kentucky Downs: Ramseys, Maker, Leparoux Come Out On Top In Fall Meet Standings

Ken Ramsey accomplished his goal of presenting the trophy of Kentucky Downs’ newly renamed Ramsey Farm Stakes to himself. Well, actually, Jeff Ramsey presented his dad with the trophy after heavy favorite Kitten’s Roar roared to a 2 1/4-length victory over the late-running Tricky Escape in the $350,000 race on closing day at Kentucky Downs. […]

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