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Legends Of War Leads 1-2 Finish For Doug O’Neill In Kentucky Downs Stakes Finale

After a quiet first four days of the Kentucky Downs meet, two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill waited until closing day and the meet’s final stakes race, to announce his stable’s presence. And did he ever. O’Neill-trained runners Legends of War and Stubbins finished one-two in Thursday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Nevada State Bank Franklin-Simpson Stakes […]

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Kentucky Downs Meet Ends With 13.2% Increase In Wagering; Big Changes Planned For 2020

The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., concluded its five-date meet on Sept. 12, once again breaking wagering records, with betting from all sources totaling $41,239,699. That’s a 13.2-percent increase over the $36,421,721 wagered in 2018. Kentucky Downs set a record for each of the meet’s corresponding dates, including the $7,280,542 bet on […]

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Sisterson Looking For Big Finish For Calumet Runners At Kentucky Downs

Jack Sisterson, the former University of Louisville soccer player turned horseman, could have his biggest day as a trainer on Thursday’s closing card of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs. As private trainer for Calumet Farm, Sisterson is running Coachwhip in the $500,000 Ramsey Farm Stakes, followed by Lexitonian in the $500,000, Grade 3 Nevada […]

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Beschizza Enjoying ‘Fruitful’ Five-Win Meet At Kentucky Downs

Jose Ortiz, Kentucky Downs’ defending leading rider, enjoys a substantial three-win advantage in the standings heading into Thursday’s final day of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, with eight victories overall. Tied for second with five wins are past meet champions Florent Geroux and Julien Leparoux as well as Adam Beschizza. It’s already been a […]

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Totally Boss ‘Really Turned It Around’ For Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint

Ellis Park stakes-winner Totally Boss is headed to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint after winning Saturday’s $700,000 RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs. Totally Boss earned an automatic spot in the RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint by capturing the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint on Aug. 4 at Ellis Park. Now, by tacking on […]

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Kentucky Downs Continues To Break Wagering Records Over 2019 Season

A total of $7,564,345 was wagered Sunday at Kentucky Downs, up from the corresponding fourth day of the meet last year, when $7,329,490 was bet on a Sunday card that was postponed to the following Wednesday after a deluge of rain flooded the region. Kentucky Downs has topped its previous mark for wagering from all […]

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Jose Ortiz Doubles Up In Dueling Grounds Derby, Oaks

Jockey Jose Ortiz missed opening day of the five-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, but the track’s 2018 riding champion has made the most of the three days he has ridden, including sweeping Sunday’s $600,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby under Social Paranoia and the $348,250 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with Princesa Carolina. […]

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King: Looking For Value In Sunday’s 3-Year-Old Stakes At Kentucky Downs

Byron King is a freelance turf writer, publicist and handicapper based in Louisville who is creating the Kentucky Downs’ morning-line odds and analyzing the stakes races as part of the RUNHAPPY Meet’s publicity team. Horseplayers and racing enthusiasts across the country are well familiar with King’s writing, reporting and wagering acumen from his years of […]

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Maker Produces Zulu Alpha To Dominate Kentucky Turf Cup

Mike Maker, the winningest trainer in Kentucky Downs history, experienced a frustrating first two days of the current Kentucky Downs meet, going winless with his first 19 starters and feeling unlucky with seven of his horses running second. That frustration was put aside when Zulu Alpha rolled to an authoritative 3 1/4-length victory for the […]

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