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Michael Wrona Named Track Announcer At Arizona Downs

Arizona Downs has landed one of the world’s preeminent race-callers in naming Michael Wrona the announcer when live horse racing returns to the region for the first time in a decade. Arizona Downs will run both thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing May 24 through Labor Day, Sept. 2. “In this year of exploring fresh opportunities, it […]

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Kentucky Downs Condition Book For 2019 Meet Now Available

Kentucky Downs’ 2019 condition book — the booklet spelling out the races and their eligibility conditions for which the track will take entries and create its racing programs — is now at kentuckydowns.com and Equibase.com and will be out in print shortly. Printed copies will be mailed to Kentucky Downs’ extensive horsemen’s list and also can be requested by […]

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Kentucky Downs Boosts Turf Cup Purse to $1 Million

Kentucky Downs will stage its first $1 million race in track history with the Grade 3 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup getting a $250,000 purse increase. The 28th running of the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, one of five stakes on Sept. 7, will offer a $550,000 base purse available to any horse running and […]

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Kentucky Downs Gets First ‘Win And You’re In’ Race For Breeders’ Cup

The $700,000, Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint has been selected for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, providing Kentucky Downs its first “Win and You’re In” race as a launching pad to horse racing’s global championships. As part of the Challenge Series, the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint winner will get an automatic berth and […]

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Falcone, Winchell Tandem Officially Takes Over Kentucky Downs

Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone officially are the new owners and managing partners in Kentucky Downs, finalizing the purchase of the racetrack and year-round entertainment center from the investment group that purchased the facility in 2007. Winchell and Falcone bought Kentucky Downs’ assets through their new company, Kentucky Racing Acquisition LLC. Terms of the sale were […]

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Optimism, Forgiveness Prevail As Carmouche Eyes Return To The Saddle

Noted orthopaedic trauma surgeon Philip Kregor was blunt when he met with jockey Kendrick Carmouche and his wife, Whitney, following a horrific accident at Kentucky Downs last Sept. 8. According to Whitney, he told them Carmouche’s broken right femur was one of the two worst he had ever seen and compared the damage to what […]

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Kentucky Commission Gives Okay For Winchell, Falcone Purchase Of Kentucky Downs

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. The sale of the track and year-round entertainment center to Winchell and Falcone is expected to close around March 1. Ted Nicholson will continue as Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president […]

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It’s History: Lawsuit Settled Between Historical Horse Racing Companies

Federal lawsuits in Kentucky and Wyoming alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and false advertising by one historical horse racing company against another have been settled, according to a statement from Exacta Systems of Boynton Beach, Fla. Exacta Systems, previously known as Encore, was named, along with Kentucky Downs and its principal officers, in a 2015 […]

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Kentucky Downs Appeals Decision To Award Standardbred License To Churchill, Keeneland

Kentucky Downs has filed an appeal in Circuit Court over the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s decision to award a Standardbred license to a partnership between Keeneland and Churchill Downs, the Blood-Horse reports. The appeal requests the awarding of a license in Oak Grove, Ky., be struck down, saying the KHRC didn’t have or follow proper […]

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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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