Cumberland Run opens to rave reviews

CORBIN, Ky. — The biggest winner on Cumberland Run’s inaugural 10-race harness program Sunday was the track itself, according to those in attendance as live horse racing came to southeastern Kentucky for the first time. “I think the track is great,” said Hall of Fame driver David Miller, who won three races, including the first … Continued

Tanya Tucker is 2023 KY Downs guitar trophy icon

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023) — The guitars that serve as trophies for the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs’ nine graded stakes are autographed by Tanya Tucker, who earlier this year was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In the four years since Kentucky Downs first awarded a George Strait-signed guitar as the inaugural … Continued

Keeneland offers LEX to KY Downs charters Sept. 7, 9, 10 and 13

Photos courtesy Triton Airways FRANKLIN, Ky. (Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023) — The most lucrative seven days in American racing overlap the most important yearling sale in the world, with the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs staged 170 miles from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Now Keeneland is offering a way to be at both venues … Continued

DG Derby winner Kitodan resumes racing in KD Preview Turf Cup

Grace Clark photo: Kitodan winning last year’s Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs. Video interview with Eric Foster and Kitodan HENDERSON, Ky. — Trainer and co-owner Eric Foster had to regroup last year when Churchill Downs’ canceled its Grade 2 Secretariat Stakes. Plan B was running his $80,000 claim Kitodan against older horses in Ellis … Continued

Kentucky Downs lands 13 horses in Breeders’ Cup

(Photo: Gear Jockey, in the lead on the rail under Jose Lezcano, won the $1 million FanDuel Turf Sprint to earn a fees-paid spot in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Saturday at Del Mar. Coady Photography) FRANKLIN, Ky. (Tuesday, November 2, 2021) — Thirteen horses who competed at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky … Continued

Summer in Saratoga takes G3 Dowager

Edited Keeneland stakes recap (Photos by Grace Clark/Kentucky Downs) LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 24, 2021) – Highlander Training Center’s Summer in Saratoga held off a late bid from favored Luck Money by a half-length to win the 30th running of the $150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares Sunday afternoon. The victory keyed … Continued

Kentucky Downs’ King of the Turf: Kenny Mollicone!

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 13, 2021)— Kenny Mollicone, a 47-year-old real-estate developer from Somerset, Mass., is the 2021 National Turf Handicapping Champion, having won the six-day online Kentucky Downs Turf Handicapping Challenge at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs. Mollicone finished with an aggregate total of $5,783.90 Sunday after playing in all three of the … Continued

FanDuel Meet at KD: six days, $74M bet, almost $16M in purses

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021) — Led by a record-smashing $20,849,967 wagered on Saturday’s showcase program, the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs completed North America’s most lucrative six-date run with betting totaling $74,088,532. The previous records were the $17,437,731 on the corresponding Saturday as part of the $59,828,441 total bet last year. That’s an … Continued