Kentucky racetracks and horsemen's groups will have to hammer out a new agreement on source-market fees now that Churchill Downs Inc. no longer has an exclusive agreement with account wagering provider TVG.
A partnership led by former Magna Entertainment Corp. executive Corey Johnsen and Texas investment banker Ray Reid have purchased the majority interest in Kentucky Downs near Franklin, Ky.
Kentucky Downs saw drops in both on-track and all-source gross handle totals during its rain-marred meet that concluded Sept. 26.
Embossed inched out a nose win over Lord Carmen to take the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT), part of the Kentucky Turf Festival, at Kentucky Downs Sept. 26.
Continued heavy rain overnight and into Sunday morning has forced Kentucky Downs to move its Kentucky Cup Turf Festival stakes card to Tuesday. The four stakes races have been rescheduled as the first four races on Tuesday's card.
Thoroughbred racing returns to Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 16 for a six day racing season, which concludes on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The highlight of the meet is the $450,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, featuring four stakes races on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Kentucky Downs, the all-turf racetrack located on the Tennessee border in Franklin, Ky., canceled live racing Sept. 26 because of heavy rain and its effect on the course condition.
Thoroughbred racing returns to Kentucky Downs on Saturday,
Sept. 17 for a six-day racing season, which concludes on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The highlight of the season is the $450,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, featuring four stakes races, on Saturday, Sept. 24.
In an effort to maintain overnight purses, Kentucky Downs management has decided to drop the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Mile from the stakes program. However, the Yaqthan Stakes, which is also run at one mile for 3-year-olds and up, will receive a purse increase from $40,000 to $50,000.
Earnings for Churchill Downs Inc. in 2004 and for the fourth quarter were negatively impacted by several one-time expenses, including supporting alternative gaming initiatives, a "non-cash impairment charge" at Ellis Park, and an unrealized loss related to a note, the company reported Wednesday.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Tuesday that it sold a 19% stake in Kentucky Downs, including debt owed to CDI, to Kelley Farms Racing.
Horses racing in Kentucky will now be identified the morning of their respective races and before leaving the paddock following a directive from Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
The short meet at Kentucky Downs concluded Tuesday with the Franklin, Ky. track posting records for total on-track and total handle.
Despite losing one racing program because of inclement weather, total handle at Kentucky Downs managed a slight increase as compared to 2002.
Following a one-day cancellation due to heavy rains, Kentucky Downs planned to resume live racing Tuesday, the closing day of the 2003 meet.
George Strawbridge's Rochester will seek to defend his Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) title Saturday at Kentucky Downs. The 7-year-old Green Dancer gelding will take on six rivals in the 1 1/2-miles turf event, the $300,000 centerpiece of the Kentucky Cup Turf program.
By Dick Downey -- Kentucky Downs, a diamond in the rough among racetracks, has a lot to offer horses, horsemen, and racing fans.
Even though the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation earlier this spring designed to return Quarter Horse racing to the state, supporters of the sport are having a difficult time finding a host racetrack.
Phoebe Mueller's 8-year-old gelding Chorwon earned his seventh career stakes win and his first in a graded stakes, winning the 1 1/2-mile, $300,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Sunday at Kentucky Downs.
Despite rumors that racing dates may be cut, it appears as though Kentucky's January-through-December Thoroughbred racing schedule will remain intact for 2002.
The Northern Kentucky racetrack has plans for a dormitory, and recently stepped up security with the installation of surveillance cameras.
Brief racing and breeding news items.
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