Kentucky Downs ends five-date session up 34 percent in wagering

Sep 15, 2017 9:00 AM

The much-anticipated Kentucky Downs all-grass race meeting ended its record-setting five-date session up 34 percent in wagering.

Despite moving its opening card from Saturday of Labor Day weekend to the following Wednesday following heavy rain, wagering from all sources on Kentucky Downs' 2017 meet that ended Thursday totaled $30,246,887.68.

That's an average of $6,049,377.52 a day and reflects an increase of 34.19 percent over the $22,540,761.22 bet in 2016. Off-track betting on the meet was $29,217,935.98, up 35.2 percent from the $21,611,352.02 wagered last year.

Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager said, “This year, for five days, we averaged $6 million. Even with the rain-out day, to go over $30 million is unbelievable. It just shows that horseplayers and casual fans alike love the Kentucky Downs product. And our enthusiastic crowds show they love the entire experience of being at the track in a fun, festive family atmosphere that combines full fields of horses, low takeout rates on wagers, top-class horses and no hassle.”