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‘Room To Do A Lot More’: Kentucky Downs Preview Day At Ellis Generates Solid Handle

With Sunday’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day at Ellis Park receiving wide praise — “great” being a typical assessment — expectations are that the multi-stakes event will return next year even better and perhaps bigger. A total of $2,049,132 was wagered on-track and nationally on the nine-race card that featured four $100,000 grass stakes funded by […]

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Bridgmohan Rides Six Winners, Including Two Stakes, On Kentucky Downs Preview Day At Ellis

Shaun Bridgmohan owned the inaugural Kentucky Downs Preview Day at Ellis Park from the start, winning six races on the program, including four for the meet’s leading trainer, Brad Cox. Two of the wins Bridgmohan and Cox teamed up for came in co-featured stakes with Arklow in the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Calumet Farm Turf […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Preps For Tourist Mile In Ellis Park’s Preview Day

Trainer Brad Cox last year finished second in the Ellis Park training standings but won a meet-high three stakes. This year Cox has a clear lead in trainer victories while also trying to win three stakes in one day. Cox, whose first training title came at Ellis Park in 2015, has the solid favorite in […]

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Kentucky Downs Pays Out Record $709,983 Jackpot Saturday Evening

A record $709,983 jackpot was paid out Saturday night at Kentucky Downs, smashing the previous record of $458,564. The jackpot was won on a Blue Bolt 7s penny machine — one of 55 unique games offered on Kentucky Downs’ historical horse racing electronic terminals that allow betting on previously-run races while combining the flash of video gaming […]

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Debbie Blair Joins Kentucky Downs Team As Director Of Group Sales

Debbie Blair, known throughout the horse industry for her world-class event management experience, has joined the Kentucky Downs team as director of group sales. Blair will market Kentucky Downs’ reserved-seating areas to groups of at least 10 people, including the new Top of the Stretch Chalet, a casual, open-air venue devoted entirely to groups. The […]

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Kentucky Downs Launches Social Media Contest To Win Trip To Track

It’s post time at Kentucky Downs! While the 2018 live meet isn’t until September, America’s most unique racecourse has launched a social-media contest where fans can earn a trip to Kentucky Downs by posting on Facebook and/or Twitter about the track. The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is free. Simply post on Facebook, Twitter or both […]

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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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