kentucky racing

‘A Massive Future’: Ellis Park Meet’s Bottom Line Showcases Potential

The end of Ellis Park’s 2019 highly successful race meet — which saw wagering increase 21 percent over 2018 and purses paid to horsemen go up 30 percent — conjures bigger visions for 2020. Ken Mimmack, manager of new owner Ellis Entertainment LLC, was mesmerized by the huge crowd that turned out Sunday for Kids Day. “While Ellis […]

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Kentucky Downs Moves First Post Times Back An Hour For Upcoming Meet

Kentucky Downs is moving the starting time for its first race to 12:15 p.m. Central, up from the 1:25 p.m. in recent years. America’s most unique race meet runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12 over the all-grass track on the Tennessee border. “It just makes sense for a variety of reasons,” […]

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Still Time To Enter Kentucky Downs Twitter Contest And Win VIP Trip

Racing and sports enthusiasts, as well as those wanting to experience a slice of Americana in a memorable setting, have a week left to enter Kentucky Downs’ #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest on Twitter for the chance to win a VIP trip to America’s most unique race meet. The contest concludes July 31. Kentucky Downs’ 2019 […]

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Ellis Park Cancels Saturday Card; Charles Town Moves First Race Times Due To Heat

Ellis Park has canceled live racing for Saturday’s card out of precaution given the forecast for extreme heat in the Tri-State area. The track canceled today’s (Friday) card yesterday. The track is optimistic that we can race Sunday. Simulcast wagering on other tracks throughout the country and Ellis Park’s Historical Horse Racing gaming operation will […]

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‘I Feel So In Tune’: Jockey Chantal Sutherland Ready To Tackle Kentucky Racing At Ellis Park

Chantal Sutherland, who will ride at Ellis Park for the first time this summer, became the first female jockey to win California’s prestigious Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, capturing those races in 2011 and 2012, respectively, on Game On Dude. Sutherland also finished second in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the […]

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Preakness, Belmont-Winning Trainer Casse ‘To Focus More On Kentucky’

Mark Casse, winner of the 2019 Preakness Stakes with War of Will and the Belmont with Sir Winston, will have a string of horses stabled at Ellis Park this summer for the first time in more than a quarter century. Ellis Park runs June 30 through Labor Day, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as […]

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‘Always See Something New Every Day’: Trainer Merrill Scherer Approaches 80

Merrill Scherer is only a few weeks away from his 80th birthday but the lifelong horseman with more than six decades of experience in the sport continues to show a sharp eye for conditioning horses. “I’ve done a lot and seen a lot in this game but you always see something new every day,” Scherer said as […]

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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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Churchill Downs, Keeneland Break Ground On Oak Grove Racing & Gaming Venue

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN), in partnership with Keeneland Association (“Keeneland”), broke ground today on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical horse racing venue in Oak Grove, Kentucky. CDI and Keeneland also unveiled the name and branding for the venue, which will be called Oak Grove Racing & Gaming. The new facility will […]

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Win Place Show: Lottery Game Based On Horse Racing Debuts In Kentucky

The Kentucky Lottery has launched a limited pilot program of the game Win Place Show, the first-ever daily lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. Players can purchase the $2 Quick Pick tickets at one of the 45 retailers now offering the game on a limited basis. Each ticket lists three numbers […]

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