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Kentucky Downs set to pursue Instant Racing license

With Kentucky regulations governing Instant Racing machines taking effect Friday, it appears Kentucky Downs will be the first track in the state to pursue a license to host the video games.  Still pending is an appeals court decision on whether Instant Racing is legal under pari-mutuel rules, but Kentucky Downs officials are proceeding with the […]

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Kentucky Downs moving forward with Instant Racing

While the ruling by the Circuit Court of Franklin County is still in the appeals process, Kentucky Downs is the only racetrack committed to installing Instant Racing machines in the near future according to Tom LaMarra of the Blood-Horse. Other tracks have either declined altogether until the ruling is final or still weighing their options.

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Instant Racing and the Commonwealth of Kentucky

No matter how you measure it, Kentucky is the Thoroughbred capital of the world. Best stallions, highest number of foals, leading producer of stakes winners around the world, biggest sales, most sophisticated veterinary care.  And the entire sports world finds itself fixated on Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May each year for the […]

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KENTUCKY DOWNS MEET CONCLUDES WITH HANDLE INCREASES

PRESS RELEASE Kentucky Downs concluded its 18th season of live turf racing today with increases in both the total live handle and the live on-track handle. The total handle (money wagered on track and off track) on live races at Kentucky Downs was $4,473,195, a 14% increase over 2009.    The on-track live handle was also […]

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Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch brought to you by West Point Thoroughbreds

As many racing circuits transition this week and segue into fall meets, the graded stakes schedule is on the light side, but all the races on Saturday may have Breeders’ Cup implications. Kentucky Downs, near the Tennessee border in Franklin, opens its meet with the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, punctuated by the Grade 3 Kentucky […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: INSTANT RACING AND A CRYSTAL BALL

By Ray Paulick Corey Johnsen led an investment team that purchased Kentucky Downs racetrack near the Tennessee border in 2007. The former head of Lone Star Park in Texas also invested in breeding stock when he moved to Kentucky and purchased part of Richland Hills Farm with Nathan Fox. Last week, Johnsen talked about a […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: ALWAYS PLACE AN EMPHASIS ON RACING

By Ray Paulick Corey Johnsen began working in the racing industry during his college years at Arizona State University in the 1970s when he hot-walked and groomed horses at Turf Paradise, then later talked his way into an unpaid position in communications and marketing at the Phoenix track. He went on to work at […]

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IS WILLIAMS A HYPOCRITE ON GAMBLING ISSUE?

By Ray Paulick Why does David Williams, the president of the Kentucky Senate, seem bent on keeping the issue of slot machines off the Senate floor? Is it possibly because the Republican from Burkesville might be criticized there for being an “anti-gambling” hypocrite who likes to play blackjack at casinos in nearby states that benefit […]

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KENTUCKY’S HORSE INDUSTRY CALLS FOR ACTION ON SLOTS

By Ray PaulickThere may not have been anyone at Wednesday’s press conference at Churchill Downs who understands horse racing’s need for slot machines or alternative forms of gambling better than Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Woolley didn’t hesitate when I asked him how slot machines have turned around […]

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