KENTUCKY DOWNS HANDLES RECORD $17.4M; SUNDAY CARD RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY

By Jennie Rees — Kentucky Downs announced that because of Saturday’s rain and expectations of more inclement weather that Sunday’s 11-race card is being moved to Tuesday, Sept. 15. The meet then will conclude with Wednesday’s scheduled card.

“With the steady rain that we had from the fifth race on and the projected forecast for rain overnight and tomorrow, we felt it the prudent thing to do safety-wise for both horses and riders,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager.

“With the forecast being much more favorable for Tuesday and Wednesday, it was the right thing to do.”

In addition, the Kentucky Downs Turf Handicapping Challenge’s first live-money tournament scheduled for Sunday now will be on Tuesday’s card.

With the postponement, all the contest wagers will be made on Kentucky Downs races, as Monmouth Park does not run on Tuesday. Wednesday’s handicapping tournament will go on as scheduled that day.

Kentucky chief state steward Barbara Borden said that any scratches from Sunday’s card will be reinstated for Tuesday, including those on the also-eligible list.

Trainers are advised that if they don’t want to run, their horses must be withdrawn by Monday’s 9 a.m. Central scratch time.

Meanwhile, the weather didn’t dampen bettors’ enthusiasm for Kentucky Downs’ Saturday card. The track smashed its record for single-day wagering on its races with $17,437,731 bet on the 11 races.

The previous record was $11,321,492 on the 10-race card held on last year’s corresponding Saturday.

“It’s great that even with an inclement weather day that we were able to have everyone around the country enjoy our races,” Nicholson said.

“We are extremely pleased to see so many big-time horses continue to run well here, including Grade 1 winners Arklow and Got Stormy and Grade 2 winners Imprimis and Regal Glory coming away with stakes victories today and many other top horses hitting the board.

“But these races have gotten very tough, and we’re confident we’ll see some horses who might have been outrun on this day come back and win marquee races.”

Betting on the first four days of the meet comes to $41,389,764. That’s $7,430,607 more than four equivalent days last year, when handle totaled $33,959,157, then a record.

Top five days of handle at Kentucky Downs

$17,437,731 – Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

$11,321,492 – Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

$10,039,008 – Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

$8,983,981 – Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

$8,487,323 – Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Jennie Rees is an HRI contributor

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  1. McD, in the column format used for big-race Saturdays, it’s like having four or five FRAs, so I’m not sure what your’re asking?

    If you mean an expanded analysis, I have time to do that for a race, maybe two, but four or five? Thinking the MOST PROBABLE, BET and EXOTICA is preferable to most players.

    I’m always reminded of the scene from The Gambler with James Caan. He goes to visit some NBA guru for a winner on that night’s big game and says, “give me a winner you worm?”

    So I figure that’s what people want most, and I’m a one-armed paper-hanger as it is, so…

  2. One arm Paper Man, That was the name of the first horse I ever had a tip on, a pacer no less. Ran at Monticello and paid like $40. Pre-draft time days for me and that paid for a lot of tickets after. Until drafted Jul’68. Dr. Yank’em was my first recall, the army dentist of course, no time for fillings, and then haircuts and more haircuts, lol. Lost two teeth to Dr. Yank’em. Back to the pacers, same owner of a deli on Main Street in East Rockaway touted me onto a pacer he owned named Inside Information, gave me his horse six times that year. Twice at RR, 2X Yonkers and 2X Monticello. He won on all six occasions, which always made me of the Pacers. Only went to the flats after. I worked at the phone building next to RR one year and never once crossed over onto the footprint of RR. Just like on your Web Site’s featured picture, I could never figure out if the driver was steering for a win, or pulling back on the rains for another day.

    John, I hope you know me better by now. No way was I looking four or five. Actually was wishing and looking one race that maybe caught your educated best guess. I placed $1 ex box for an end of the day wrap up after yardwork is finito. I think I boxed the six and seven in the last race 11 at KD. Just for the fun of it. No pressure at all John. You could even play off my ticket if you like. One short and one long. You can’t kill the price I’m sure. Good of an angle as any, short and long. Riders Up!

  3. Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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    Submitted Wagers For Account Showing Page 1 of 1
    DATE TIME TRACK RACE STAKE POOL SELECTIONS DEBIT CREDIT CANCEL
    09/15 12:47 PM Kentucky Downs 11 $1.00 EX (BOX) 6, 7 $2.00

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