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Winchell On New Competition For Kentucky Downs: ‘We’re Going To Gear Up’

Reaction from Kentucky Downs’ prospective new owners, Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday afternoon voted 11-3 without discussion to award the license for a harness track and historical horse racing (HHR) operation in Oak Grove, Ky., to a partnership between Churchill Downs and Keeneland, rejecting the applications of […]

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CDI/Keeneland Partnership Awarded New Racing License In Kentucky

WKY LLC., a partnership between Churchill Downs, Inc. and Keeneland, has edged Caesars Entertainment and Kentucky Downs in a three-way war for a new racing license in Kentucky. In a special meeting on Friday afternoon, a majority of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to award the dates to WKY, with three commissioners dissenting. The […]

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Caesars Bullish On Proposed Historical Racing, Harness Track In Kentucky

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday is expected to award a new harness racing license to one of three applicants: Kentucky Downs, a joint venture of Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland, or Caesars Entertainment. The first two groups are pretty well known in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky Downs has built a highly successful year-round […]

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Winchell, Falcone Combine Forces To Purchase Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Racing Acquisition, LLC (“KRA”), a new company co-founded by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, announced Tuesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all the assets of Kentucky Downs from parent company Kentucky Downs Partners, LLC, the investment group that has owned the race track since 2007. Located near the Kentucky […]

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‘Racing!’ Michael Wrona Named Track Announcer At Kentucky Downs

Michael Wrona, one of the world’s preeminent race-callers and the voice of Santa Anita Park, has been named track announcer for Kentucky Downs’ live race meet. Kentucky Downs’ 2019 meet is Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12 over North America’s only European-style turf course. The showcase race meet, which offers the world’s […]

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Casner: Kentucky Downs Has Led The Way On Historical Horse Racing

There isn’t much I haven’t done, seen or experienced in the horse racing industry, including being a racetrack owner as a partner in Kentucky Downs. And the rise of Kentucky Downs is one of the most important developments in Kentucky racing in this decade and one I am most proud of. The Kentucky Horse Racing […]

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Kentucky Judge Rules Historical Racing Is Legal Pari-Mutuel Wagering

An eight-year court battle over the legality of historical racing machines in Kentucky may at long last be over. On Wednesday, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate ruled that wagering on historical racing machines developed by Exacta Systems (formerly Encore Gaming) was, in fact, pari-mutuel wagering as defined by Kentucky law. The Exacta Systems […]

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State Veterinarians Examine High Number Of Fatal Breakdowns In Kentucky

There was a fair amount of concern following the short September race meeting at Churchill Downs, when four horses suffered fatal breakdowns in the space of four days, and two more suffered the same fate during morning training hours. According to drf.com, Churchill’s response was to bring in racing-surface specialist Mick Peterson; president Kevin Flanery said […]

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Kentucky Commission Receives Three Applications For New Harness Track

After putting out a call for new applications for race dates, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s race dates committee announced Tuesday it has received three applications for a new harness track in the southwestern part of the state. Applications came from WKY Development LLC (a partnership between Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland), Kentucky Downs, and […]

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Kentucky Downs Files Application To ‘Fill A Void’ With Oak Grove Harness Track

The ownership of Kentucky Downs has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a standardbred track to be named Oak Grove Meadows on 80 acres near the intersection of Interstate 24 and U.S. 41-A in close proximity to Fort Campbell and Clarksville, Tenn. Kentucky Downs is committing $45 million to the […]

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