$8.4 Million in Purses, Three Graded Stakes Highlight Kentucky Downs' Five-Day September Racing Season
by Jennie Rees

Historical horse racing fuels larges average daily purses in U.S.

Johnsen Gives Keynote Speech at HBPA Convention
by Jennie Rees

Track owners cite benefit of working with horsemen to improve racing

‘When you do that, they can’t stop us,’ Kentucky Downs’ Johnsen tells convention

LAS VEGAS (Thursday, March 9, 2017) — Be it working with tracks or regulators, discussion on Wednesday’s first day of the National HBPA Convention centered on partnerships horsemen can forge to improve the sport for everyone.

“By working together, we can improve the sport and generate more revenue,” said keynote speaker Corey Johnsen, himself a horse owner and breeder as well as the president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, the track on the Tennessee border featuring the highest purses in North America for its five-date all-grass meet in September.

Kentucky Downs’ Johnsen to deliver keynote address at HBPA convention
by Jennie Rees

Corey Johnsen, president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, will give the keynote address at the National HBPA’s 2017 convention March 8-11 at Las Vegas’ South Point Hotel and Casino.

Kentucky Downs’ Turf Sprint, Ladies Turf among only eight new Grade III stakes
by Jennie Rees

Making the grade

Claiming Crown: Kentucky Downs winners Cammack, Daddy’s Boo head strong Kentucky contingent
by Jennie Rees

Record-setters Ramseys, Maker out in force

Kentucky Downs feature release: Jocks' room custodian going strong at 90
by Jennie Rees

World War II, Korea veteran completes another year as custodian of Kentucky Downs’ jockeys quarters;
‘I don’t take any medicine, only 4 vitamins,’ he says

Grand finale: Ramseys, Maker, Geroux can pad meet-leading stats with Al’s Gal
by Jennie Rees

Ladies Marathon headlines Thursday’s closing-day card;
Legendary jockey Turcotte signs autographs at 11 a.m.

Kentucky Downs smashes betting mark with Thursday’s race program still to go
by Jennie Rees
  • Field sizes averaging 10.95 starters per race; 11.4 Sunday
  • Autograph signing session with Turcotte benefits PDJF
  • Maker wraps up training title; Geroux virtually has for jockey
  • Sweeping Paddy in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf mix
  • GoPro/HEROCast ‘very important first step for the future’
Claiming Crown preps: Cammack wins sixth straight in $75K starter
by Jennie Rees

‘He’s so good right now, he’s King Kong,’ says Marquez.
‘If you’re going to beat him, you better go by running.’

Maker staking claim to fame
by Jennie Rees

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

It’s Da Big Hoss again; he rallies to take second Kentucky Turf Cup
by Jennie Rees

‘All I can say is he’s second-best marathon horse in U.S.’

Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint: Mississippi Delta rises to occasion
by Jennie Rees
Calumet Farm, Kentucky Downs perfect fit partnering for $600K Kentucky Turf Cup
by Jennie Rees

‘We share the same values: love and admiration of the beauty of grass racing, putting premium on fast horses with stamina’

Field of Dreams: Kentucky Downs horses train in rolling pasture on racing days
by Jennie Rees

‘It’s good endurance for them to go uphill and downhill’

Flatlined takes charge to capture Old Friends over Perfectly Majestic
by Jennie Rees

“This horse was training unbelievable,” Mena says. “ .. He’s a tough horse. He doesn’t let horses go by.”

Kentucky Downs featured in NHC qualifiers
by Jennie Rees

BetAmerica online contest Thursday benefits Old Friends; 3 seats up for grabs through Saturday’s on-track tourney

Da Big Hoss seeking to become second horse to win Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup twice
by Jennie Rees

Maker also has strong contender in Greengrassofyoming

Exacta Systems Juv. Fillies: Lull passes Test
by Jennie Rees

Winner stays on feet and runs down Caroline Test

KD Juvenile: Maiden All Right wins at 44-1
by Jennie Rees

‘We all agreed it was worth a shot,’ owner says

KD Turf Sprint: It’s Successful Native by neck
by Jennie Rees

Albarado wins second stakes on opening day

Ladies Turf: Secret Someone rolls
by Jennie Rees

Back to mile, she blasts to 3 3/4-length win over Cash Control

Labor Day weekend indeed for Geroux
by Jennie Rees

20-time winner Regally Ready still going strong at age 9; numbers don't always favor Ramsey; West, jockeys sign 'Ride to Win' book Saturday.

Starting 25th season, Kentucky Downs goes from ant hills to upping the ante
by Jennie Rees

‘Now, the money is crazy. I wish I was 20 years younger'

Toowindytohaulrox preps for Breeders’ Cup in Turf Sprint
by Jennie Rees

• Barbados looking to regain form, put best foot forward
• Doyle reunited with Christie’s Ready in Ladies Turf
• Cox sends out live shots in Cash Control, Almasty
• Ancient Warfare can add to Casse’s big year with 2-year-olds

Fields for Kentucky Downs' opening day (Saturday) stakes
by Jennie Rees

Saturday’s Ky. Downs opener:
At least 12 entries in 9 of 10 races, including three stakes
‘It sets the tone for a great meet,’ track president says

Kentucky Downs' Media Notes - 8/30/16
by Jennie Rees

Colebrook has ‘bunch of irons in fire’ for Kentucky Downs opening card

Kentucky Downs ranked No. 1 - and determined to improve from there

Field sizes (10.6 per race in 2015), exacta takeout (18.25%) make it horseplayers association’s top betting product;
‘They’ve bucked every industry trend. No track has done that in so short a time period,’ says HANA president Jeff Platt

Kentucky Downs’ reserved seating available through online box office

With one month to go until Kentucky Downs’ unique five-date race meet boasting America’s most lucrative purses, fans can order tickets online to ensure their place in the Finish Line and Turf Club tents.

Kentucky Downs enhances its record purses

Enhancing what already is American racing’s most lucrative purse program, Kentucky Downs is offering an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its unique five-date, all-grass meet in September.

Truly Da Big Hoss: Kentucky Turf Cup winner looking for big 2016

Jockey Florent Geroux believes that Da Big Hoss, winner of last September’s $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs, can compete with any horse in the country at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

Kentucky Downs Welcomes Jennie Rees as Director of Publicity

Kentucky Downs is pleased to announce the addition of five-time Eclipse Award winning writer Jennie Rees to its live racing team as Director of Publicity for the 2016 season.

Old Friends at Kentucky Downs Welcomes New Retirees

Kentucky Downs welcomed two new retirees to the Old Friends at Kentucky Downs retirement facility last week.

Kentucky Downs pays out record $215,000 in jackpots in a single day

Kentucky Downs wants to congratulate our lucky but shy winner who won over $80,000 playing one of our $5 Triple Cherry Pop machines.

Kentucky Downs Runners Look to Impact 2015 Breeders’ Cup Results
by C.J. Johnsen

After turning in impressive performances at Kentucky Downs in September, a number of quality runners now look to make their mark on racing’s biggest stage next weekend during the 2015 Breeders’ Cup to be run at historic Keeneland Racecourse.****

Kentucky Downs Re-accredited by NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., 35 miles north of Nashville, Tenn., has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.

Racing and Gaming Executive Ted Nicholson Named New Vice President of Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs has named Ted Nicholson Vice President. Nicholson had been consulting with the company on their 2015 racing season prior to being named to this permanent position.

Kentucky Downs’ 2015 Final Figures Show Across the Board Increases

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.

Kentucky Downs closes its 2015 season with record numbers

The final day of live racing at Kentucky Downs supported a worthy cause and added a variety of fair-like events and attractions to an exceptional closing-day card, which was highlighted by four stakes.

Long shot Kalamos captures the $150,000 Old Friends Stakes; Geroux adds another five to his win total

Kentucky Downs paid tribute to Thoroughbred aftercare today by hosting “Old Friends Day”, a 13-race card celebrating the retirement facility in Georgetown, KY that is home to over 100 pensioned ex-racers.

Old Friends Day at Kentucky Downs highlighted by the inaugural running of the $150,000 Old Friends Stakes sponsored by Tribute Equine Nutrition

On Wednesday, September 16 Kentucky Downs is proud to host the inaugural running of the $150,000 Old Friends Stakes Sponsored by Tribute® Equine Nutrition.

Da Big Hoss takes the $300,000 Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup

It was Da Big Hoss for the big win at Kentucky Downs today as the Mike Maker trainee captured the $600,000 Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup, the jewel in the crown of the Franklin oval’s live racing meet.

Kentucky Downs canceled the final eight races on its 10-race program Thursday

Because of heavy overnight rains that left its turf course officially “yielding,” Kentucky Downs canceled the final eight races on its 10-race program Thursday, including both divisions of the One Dreamer Stakes.

Geroux Captures Five on Opening Day at Kentucky Downs

Hot temperatures, world-class turf racing and a fair-like atmosphere characterized Franklin-Simpson Day at Kentucky Downs as the oval’s five-day live meet got underway this afternoon.

Fasig-Tipton to Sponsor Pair of $300,000 Stakes September 19th at Kentucky Downs

Fasig-Tipton, America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company, has signed on to be title sponsor of two $300,000 distaff turf stakes to be presented Saturday, September 19 as part of “Fasig-Tipton Ladies Day” at Kentucky Downs.

Thoroughbred Charities of America launches pledge campaign at Kentucky Downs

Horsemen will have the opportunity to pledge a percentage of their total earnings to Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) during the September race meet at Kentucky Downs. The pledge drive, called Horsemen Giving Back will begin on Saturday, September 5, opening day at the Franklin, Kentucky track.

Encore RBG to Sponsor $300,000 Juvenile Fillies This Saturday at Kentucky Downs

Encore Racing Based Games (RBG) has signed on as the new title sponsor of the $300,000 Encore Juvenile Fillies at Kentucky Downs. The race will be contested on opening day – Saturday September 5 – at the Franklin, Kentucky all-turf Thoroughbred track. First post time on Saturday is 1:35 p.m. (CDT) and the Encore Juvenile Fillies is scheduled to go off at 4:35 p.m. (CDT) as the seventh race on the ten race live card.

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

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.

Kentucky Downs Sets Handle Record

Kentucky Downs recorded $8,425,830 in pari-mutuel handle on historical horse racing from June 29 to July 5, to set an all-time weekly record, besting the old mark of $8,332,610, set Feb. 24 to March 2, 2014. The record business levels followed Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approval of 10 new wagers from the Encore system at its meeting on June 29. Kentucky Downs began using the Encore terminals and wagers on April 2.