Friday, September 16 2016

Kentucky Downs up 34 percent in overall wagering

Total wagering up nearly 34%, on-track 48% as Kentucky Downs closes record 2016 meet

Races averages 10.96 horses, as bettors’ group boss says,
‘Horseplayers buy value; Kentucky Downs had it in spades’

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016)
— Spurred by unprecedented purses for horsemen and a Horseplayers’ Racetrack mantra that resonated with bettors, Kentucky Downs closed its five-date boutique meet Thursday with total wagering up nearly 34 percent.

Betting on the closing-day card of $3,660,588 brought all-sources handle to $22,540,761.22 for an average of $4,508,152 a day. Already a record after Sunday’s card, the final numbers reflect an increase of 33.92 over last year’s previous record total of $16,831,333.

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Monday, September 12 2016

Recap of Dueling Grounds Derby and Oaks

Maker staking claim to fame
Wins 3rd, 4th stakes of meet — all former claimers -
Oscar Nominated rolls in Dueling Grounds Derby,
Try Your Luck Dueling also romps in Grounds Oaks

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2016)
— Trainer Mike Maker won his third and fourth stakes at this Kentucky Downs meet Sunday, and all four came with horses that he’d claimed.

The latest were Try Your Luck taking the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks by 7 1/2 lengths over Taralena. Thirty-three minutes later, Oscar Nominated won the $350,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks by 6 1/4 lengths over Path of David. They followed Saturday’s big haul when the Maker-trained Watchyourownbobber took the $400,000 More Than Ready and Da Big Hoss the $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup.

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Sunday, September 11 2016

It’s Da Big Hoss again

He rallies to take second Kentucky Turf Cup
‘All I can say is he’s second-best marathon horse in U.S.’

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2016) —With a convincing win going 12 furlongs in Saturday’s $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup – the meet’s richest race – Skychai Racing’s Da Big Hoss asserted himself as the top U.S.-bred marathoner in advance of the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), less than two months away. Under regular rider Florent Geroux, the odds-on favorite took command near the three-sixteenths pole and held off a stubborn Bullards Alley by 1 1/4-lengths.

“All I can say is he’s the second-best marathon horse in the United States,” said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time Group/Grade 1 winner Flintshire.

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Sunday, September 04 2016

Exacta Systems Juv. Fillies: Lull passes Test

Winner stays on feet and runs down Caroline Test

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2016)
— Lull got tripped up in her last start, clipping heels and falling in Saratoga’s $100,000 Bolton Landing. But she stayed on her feet in the $343,429 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies to run down talented pacesetter Caroline Test for a 1 1/4-length victory.

The victory capped a huge opener to Kentucky Downs’ five-date meet, with betting on the 10-race card totaling $4,603,239.82 — up 26 percent over 2015. On-track betting totaled $238,118.10 — up 50 percent over a year ago. On a picture-perfect day, there was a huge and enthusiastic crowd. Because Kentucky Downs does not charge admission, there is no attendance count.

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Friday, September 02 2016

Saturday’s Ky. Downs opener: full fields rule

At least 12 entries in 9 of 10 races, including three stakes
‘It sets the tone for a great meet,’ track president says

— A total of 189 horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 10-race opening card at all-turf Kentucky Downs — with nine races luring a capacity 12 horses or more, including three out of four stakes.

The stakes are each worth $350,000, which includes $200,000 of purse supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund for horses born in the commonwealth and sired by a Kentucky stallion. The lone race not to get at least a dozen was the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint, for which nine fillies and mares were entered.

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Thursday, October 01 2015

Kentucky Downs’ 2015 Final Figures Show Across the Board Increases

FRANKLIN, KY (October 1, 2015) – Kentucky Downs ended its 2015 racing season with record numbers in every significant category, including starters per race, handle per race, and total purses paid. Starters per race averaged 10.6, up from 10.18 in 2014.

Total handle of $16,831,333 was a new record for the track’s live racing season, an increase of over one million dollars despite running two fewer races than the 2014 meet and moving a scheduled September 12th Saturday card to a Monday afternoon of racing. That milestone in total handle included a record setting one day total of $5,073,589 set on closing day September 19th. Handle per race went up as well for 2015, increasing to $350,652 a race from its 2014 mark of $316,306, a growth of ten percent.

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Friday, September 04 2015

Kentucky Downs’ 24th Season of Live Racing Kicks off Saturday

FRANKLIN, KY (SEPTEMBER 3, 2015) — The 24th season of live racing at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY, will kick off Saturday with a 10-race card contested over North America’s only European-style turf course.

Opening day will feature 113 entries and purses (boosted by KTDF Funds) totaling more than $1.5 million. The kickoff event will be highlighted by a trio of $300,000 stakes: the Calumet Farm Juvenile, the Encore Juvenile Fillies and the 18th running of the More Than Ready Mile.

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