Keeneland has moved closer toward launching historical race wagering both in Lexington with harness track partner The Red Mile and on a planned new Quarter Horse track in the Corbin, Ky. area.
At its regular Oct. 21 meeting at the Kentucky Horse Park, the KHRC approved race dates for next season that kept in place an agreement on September dates made by Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs, and Ellis Park.
While it will need regulatory approval, track officials said Tuesday, Oct. 15, an agreement is largely in place for Keeneland to purchase the current Standardbred track Thunder Ridge.
Keeneland is negotiating the purchase of the Thunder Ridge harness track in Prestonburg, Ky., in partnership with a Nevada-based casino company.
Nearly a dozen members of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association gathered at the Kentucky state capitol rotunda in Frankfort March 27 and watched as Gov. Paul Patton signed ceremonial legislation that effectively paves the way for the sport to return to the Bluegrass.
In a pari-mutuel oddity, no money was wagered to win on either of the first two finishers in a five-horse field at Thunder Ridge Raceway in eastern Kentucky. In fact, 17 of the 43 pacers that competed on the seven-race program drew no win money.
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