As Corey Johnsen bustled about Kentucky Downs on a steamy hot Sept. 4 afternoon, the president of the track near Franklin, Ky., mused about his expectations for the boutique meet set to begin the following day.
Fasig-Tipton Co. has signed on to be title sponsor of two $300,000 distaff turf stakes to run Sept. 19 at Kentucky Downs as part of "Fasig-Tipton Ladies Day."
Horsemen will have the opportunity to pledge a percentage of their total earnings to Thoroughbred Charities of America during the upcoming race meet at Kentucky Downs.
Brad Kelley's Calumet Farm has signed on to be title sponsor of Kentucky Downs' premier stakes event for 2-year-olds.
On a race card organized to promote equine research, Glen Hill Farm will salute one of its top winners by sponsoring the $150,000 One Dreamer Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
Having surpassed the $1.1 billion wagering mark and coming off the best month since it was introduced in September 2011, historical racing in Kentucky is poised to soar as it enters the Lexington market.
Encore Racing Based Games, the new company providing historical racing games at Kentucky Downs, says the track's former historical racing provider, RaceTech, is engaged in anti-competitive practices.
Kentucky Downs' five-day all-turf meet is set to open Saturday, Sept. 5.
Old Friends at Kentucky Downs, a joint venture between the Georgetown, Ky., Thoroughbred Retirement Facility and the Franklin, Ky. racetrack, will open its doors to the public July 17.
Kentucky Downs recorded $8,425,830 in pari-mutuel handle on its historical race wagering machines from June 29 to July 5 to set an all-time weekly record, the western Kentucky track said July 7.
Kentucky Downs' decision to change its historical racing provider to Encore this year, and end its agreement with RaceTech, continues to be contested by the latter in court.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on June 29 delayed taking a vote on proposed rules on medication testing, withdrawal guidelines, and disciplinary measures and penalties that included rules on the mineral cobalt.
A record total of $7.5 million in purses will be offered during the 2015 Kentucky Downs meet, which runs for five days beginning Sept. 5 and offers a schedule of 12 stakes.
Attorneys for Kentucky Downs, some of its principals, and Encore Gaming have filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the AmTote totalizator company, stating that the claims are unfounded and undocumented.
Ellis Park and RaceTech have extended their existing licensing agreement for historical racing games at the Henderson, Ky., racetrack. The new agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2016.
In a year that has seen total handle on historical racing in Kentucky surpass $1 billion since its September 2011 launch, interest continues to be strong.
Kentucky Downs will ask regulators May 6 to let it offer about $4.2 million in Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund supplements during its 2015 meet, as well as spend $50,000 to advertise the incentive program.
A second lawsuit has been filed in connection with a decision by Kentucky Downs to begin using a new company for its totalizator services, including historical racing wagering.
Kentucky Downs, which holds a short all-turf meet in September, has topped the 2015 Horseplayers Association of North America Racetrack Rankings.
The AmTote totalizator company has filed a federal lawsuit that claims Kentucky Downs, its principals, and a company that is now providing tote services to the track misappropriated trade secrets and breached a contract.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, March 23, approved changes that will allow more flexibility in the use of Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund purse money generated by wagering on historical races.
In April Kentucky Downs plans to change its current historical racing machines, currently the Cella family's Instant Racing games, to a new player in the market called Encore Gaming.
Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky. has announced a partnership with Kentucky Downs to establish a satellite facility at the Kentucky racetrack.
Officials are crediting a collaborative effort after Kentucky delivered its safest year on record in 2014 in terms of both number of equine breakdowns in races and rate of equine breakdowns.
As 2014 came to a close, fewer than 25 racetracks were able to field more than eight horses per races, according to a review of statistics. And the top two tracks on the list each raced only five programs.
The Kentucky Equine Education Project's board is no longer supporting casino legislation in the Bluegrass state, but will support Instant Racing, a gaming form that has proven successful at two Kentucky tracks.
Historical race wagering at two Kentucky racetracks registered healthy increases in October versus the same month in 2013, according to statistics released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
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.
Under a plan approved Oct. 15 by the tracks involved, Kentucky Downs will continue to offer just five race days in 2015 but the Franklin, Ky., track will pick up an additional Saturday.
Representatives from Kentucky Downs, Churchill Downs, and Ellis Park failed to hammer out an agreement on 2015 September race dates in a Tuesday, Oct. 14, meeting facilitated by a KHRC committee.
A conflict over 2015 dates' requests for Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs arose Sept. 30 when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's dates committee held the first of several meetings to consider the state's calendar.
The second September meet at Churchill Downs since it began hosting the dates previously held by Turfway Park produced a 16.15% decline in wagering and a 13.5% drop in purses.
Kentucky Downs, which just wrapped up its 2014 meet with record pari-mutuel handle and average field size in excess of 10 horses per race, will request two additional racing days for September 2015.
Kentucky Downs closed out its highly successful 2014 live racing season Wednesday, Sept. 24, and the track established new records for wagering handle and starters per race during the five race-date season.
White Rose and Angel Terrace each won divisions of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon Stakes on closing day for the five-day 2014 meet at the unique Franklin, Ky. track Sept. 24.
Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte will appear at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 24, to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.
For his first start back from Europe after a fourth-place finish in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I), grade III winner Undrafted will try the European-style turf course at Kentucky Downs.
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Suntracer, beaten by 20 lengths in his last start, was all out to hold off the closing Pyrite Mountain by a nose to win the $347,400 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) over the twisting Kentucky Downs turf course Sept. 13.
Kentucky Downs has designated its Sept. 24 card as Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day in support of a leading source of veterinary research for horses.
Vinery Stables' Regally Ready, blowout winner of a stakes on the dirt in his last start, is scheduled to return to his best surface Sept. 13 in the $200,000 More Than Ready Mile on the grass at Kentucky Downs.
Grade II winner War Dancer will try to secure the most lucrative victory of his career when the 4-year-old son of War Front faces an expected 10 rivals in the $600,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 13.
Six of Thoroughbred racing's all-time greatest jockeys will be at Kentucky Downs Sept. 10 to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.
Pacesetter My Afleet ran the race of his life Sept. 6 at Kentucky Downs as he denied highly regarded Medal Count in a thrilling finish to the $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby on the turf at Kentucky Downs Sept. 6.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund Advisory Committee Sept. 5 approved formation of a subcommittee to explore possible purse bonuses or races for horses sired by Kentucky-based stallions.
- By Tom LaMarra
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Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, a close third in this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and one-for-one on turf, will return to the grass Sept. 6 for the inaugural $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs.
Kentucky Downs has installed 16 surveillance cameras in the stable area for its 2014 racing season, which begins Saturday, Sept. 6.
One of the most prominent races of the upcoming Kentucky Downs meeting has been renamed the More Than Ready Mile after the internationally successful stallion standing at WinStar Farm.
Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Eddie Maple, Chris McCarron, and Randy Romero, as well as active riders Edgar Prado and Calvin Borel will be at Kentucky Downs for "Hall of Fame Day" Sept. 10.
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