Historical wagering at the Red Mile in Lexington, conducted in partnership with Keeneland, enjoyed a fast start in its initial months of operation in 2015.
Breeders' Cup and Red Mile have opened sales for the "Breeders' Cup Bash," to be held Oct. 30-31 at the simulcast facility at Red Mile.
Keeneland and Red Mile officially opened their jointly owned historical racing parlor Sept. 17.
The latest chapter in the 140-year history of Lexington's Red Mile harness operation began Sept. 12, with the opening of a $42 million renovation to include historical racing and live and simulcast wagering.
- By Frank Angst
Keeneland simulcast director Jim Goodman discusses the opening of the new Keeneland-Red Mile simulcast center. Watch Video
Keeneland simulcast director Jim Goodman discusses the opening of the new Keeneland-Red Mile simulcast center. See also: Renovated Wagers Area to Open This Weekend
Breeders' Cup and RaceTech have announced they are partnering to develop a new historical horse racing game that will make its debut just prior to the Oct. 30-31 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland.
Keeneland plans to offer historical racing at a new 40,000-square foot facility to be built on the property and scheduled to open in July 2015. The new Keeneland Event Center will offer 600 Instant Racing games.
A public hearing designed to gauge public opinion about a proposal to permit "Instant Racing" type wagering in Kentucky became a faceoff between representatives of the state's horse industry and the Family Foundation.
Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington, Ky.
The Lexington Foundation hosted its second annual Fall Wine Celebration Oct. 13. Held at the Red Mile's Floral Hall in Lexington, the black tie event began with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction. It raised more than $700,000 for cancer research, education, and care.
Negotiations between the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association and a Lexington Standardbred racetrack are continuing to move forward and could soon result in the return of live Quarter Horse racing to the Bluegrass.
- By Tom LaMarra
Simulcast handle at most Kentucky racetracks has fallen or remained static in each of the past several years. An exception has been Keeneland, which experienced nine consecutive years of growth through 2000, when the amount wagered on simulcasts topped a record $104 million.
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