Revitalized Kentucky horse racing circuit shifts to Churchill Downs

Revitalized Kentucky horse racing circuit shifts to Churchill Downs

September 13, 2018 9:52 AM
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The revitalized Kentucky horse racing circuit shifts to Churchill Downs on Friday (Sept. 14). An opening day, 10-race program starts at 12:45 p.m. EDT (9:45 a.m. PDT) at the home of the Kentucky Derby and is available for wagering at simulcast locations nationwide.

The September Meet has an 11-date run through Sunday, Sept. 30.

This year's meet will feature record purse levels totaling $5.275, an average of $479,545 per day. Last year, an unprecedented $4.692 million was paid to horsemen for a daily average of $427,000, which was up 12 percent from the prior year.

A total of 97 horses and four also-eligible entries were drawn Tuesday for Friday's opener for a substantial average of 9.7 horses per race. The average field size during last year's meeting was a September record 8.9 horses.

Revenue from slot machine-like terminals in the state, called historical racing machines, has helped Kentucky racetracks to fund purses to record levels in recent years.