Churchill Downs, which had normally accepted entries 48 hours before its races, had implemented the 72-hour entry rule during Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week during the past several years, and used that timetable earlier this year in advance of its $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) and "Stephen Foster Super Saturday" races. With Churchill Downs' move to 72-hour entries, all tracks of Churchill Downs Incorporated and all Kentucky Thoroughbred tracks are operating on the three-day entry schedule.
Don Richardson, senior vice president of racing for Churchill Downs Incorporated, the parent company of Churchill Downs, said in a release from the racetrack on-track and simulcast patrons would benefit most from the extended time of entry.
"With 72 hour entries, we can disseminate the racing information to our audiences much more quickly," said Richardson. "That's especially valuable to fans when there is a big carryover in the Pick Six, or if they're fans of multi-race wagers like the Pick Three and Pick Four. When the entries are out 72 hours in advance of the race, it gives those fans more time to handicap those races."
The first entries for races during Churchill Downs 21-day Fall Meet will be taken Oct. 26.
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