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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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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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Additional Labor Day Card? Kentucky Downs Seeks Two More Race Dates For 2020

Kentucky Downs will run five days in 2019, but the track’s new owners Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone are hoping to score an additional two days during September for the 2020 meet, reports Thoroughbred Daily News.  Senior Vice President and General Manager Ted Nicholson plans to put the request before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission […]

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Wagering At Kentucky Downs Tops $8.4 Million On Opening Day

The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs started off with a total of $8,464,103 wagered on the 10-race card, the record for the opening day and third-highest ever in track history. The all-time record is the $10,039,008 wagered on the second Saturday of the 2018 meet, traditionally the biggest day of the five-day meet. Ranking No. […]

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‘Enthusiam’ For Kentucky Downs Meet Signaled By 236 Nominations For Opening-Day Stakes

Kentucky Downs’ four opening-day stakes attracted a total of 236 nominations, ranging from 53 for the $750,000 Tourist Mile to 70 for the $500,000 Gainesway Juvenile. The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs runs Aug. 31 and Saturday 5, 7, 8 and 12 with 10 turf races each day. First post is 12:15 p.m. Central, with […]

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Kentucky Downs Beefs Up Racing Office, Broadcast Team

Rick Hammerle, among horse racing’s most respected and innovative officials; popular New England sportscaster and former NBC racing analyst Bob Neumeier, and jockey Aaron Gryder are joining the Kentucky Downs team for America’s most unique race meet. Kentucky Downs runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12. The all-turf meet offers America’s largest […]

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Ellis Park Announces Record Purse Structure, Stakes Schedule

Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the Henderson, Ky., track’s 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record nine stakes that could be worth at least $100,000 each. Purse money and supplements for Kentucky-bred horses are projected to average $330,000 a day at the 29-date meet that runs June 30 […]

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KEEP Adds Five New Members To Board Of Directors

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, announced changes and additions to the KEEP Board of Directors, following a meeting of the board on May 9, 2019.  Five new individuals were added to the KEEP Board of Directors: Sean Beirne, Debra Hamelback, Carl McEntee, Ted Nicholson and Dr. Andy Roberts. Beirne is the Director […]

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‘Racing!’ Michael Wrona Named Track Announcer At Kentucky Downs

Michael Wrona, one of the world’s preeminent race-callers and the voice of Santa Anita Park, has been named track announcer for Kentucky Downs’ live race meet. Kentucky Downs’ 2019 meet is Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12 over North America’s only European-style turf course. The showcase race meet, which offers the world’s […]

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Kentucky Downs Sets New Marks For Wagering, Purses, Field Size

Kentucky Downs smashed its handle record for the sixth straight year, with a total of $36,421,722 wagered on the five-date meet. All-sources betting of $7,021,553 on Thursday was a record for the closing card. The total tops by 20 percent last year’s $30,246,888. Consider that Kentucky Downs set a betting record in 2013 of $12,814,891. […]

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