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Racing Cutbacks at Two Kentucky Tracks

Racing Cutbacks at Two Kentucky Tracks

Facing the harsh realities posed by a weak economy and stiff competition from racetracks in nearby states with more lucrative purses boosted by alternative gaming, two Kentucky tracks April 7 received permission to cut their live race dates this year.

Kentucky Racing Industry 'at Risk'

Kentucky Racing Industry 'at Risk'

Representatives of two Kentucky Thoroughbred tracks said they will be forced to reduce racing dates due to declining economic conditions, with the owner of Ellis Park saying his track would not race in 2010 unless alternative gaming is legalized in the Bluegrass State.

HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #2 Kentucky Downs

HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #2 Kentucky Downs

The Horseplayers Association of North America has introduced this year a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Kentucky Downs is #2.

Record Purses for Steeplechase Season

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The 2008 National Steeplechase Association season, which came to a close Nov.29 with the inaugural Palm Beach race meet, set new highs in total and average purses.

Rumor Has It Pulls Off 59-1 Shocker

Rumor Has It Pulls Off 59-1 Shocker

Entering the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT), Rumor Has It had not hit the winner's circle since Nov. 5, 2005. The 7-year-old gelding was 0-for-10 during that span, which was why he was sent off at odds of 59-1 Sept. 13 before romping to a 3 3/4-length victory.

Kentucky Downs Announces Stakes Schedule

Kentucky Downs Announces Stakes Schedule

Highlighted by the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) and the return of Steeplechase racing to Kentucky Downs, the 2008 stakes schedule was released today for Kentucky Downs' upcoming live meeting, which runs from Sept. 13-23.

Kentucky Downs Reports Handle Gains

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Kentucky Downs concluded its 2007 meet with its second-highest on-track handle and third-largest total handle in the racetrack's 17-year history, officials said closing day, Sept. 25.

Sale Final on Kentucky Downs

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Closing is now finalized on the sale of the Kentucky Downs racetrack in Franklin, Ky., and the new majority owners have hit the ground running in preparation for hosting the fall race meeting, Sept. 15-25.

Turf Festival Highlights Kentucky Downs Meet

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.

Kentucky Cup Mile Dropped from Kentucky Downs Stakes Program

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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.

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By Dick Downey -- Kentucky Downs, a diamond in the rough among racetracks, has a lot to offer horses, horsemen, and racing fans.

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