Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Kentucky Downs Set to Close Big Meet

With four days in the books, Kentucky Downs is set to close out their 2014 meet, and as always they have a great card to draw the curtain.

      113 horse drew into the main body of Wednesday's 10 race card, with 15 horses on the also-eligible list. The card is highlighted by the $200,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash and two divisions of the $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon.

     In 2013, handle for the five days ran at Kentucky Downs totaled $12,814,966, averaging $2,562,993 per card and $256,299 per race. In the four cards run in 2014, handle has totaled $12,337,498, averaging $3,084,364 per card and $308,436 per race. That's a 17% increase in per race handle.

     The all-turf track has dubbed itself "The Horseplayer's Track" and there has been no disagreement; after takeout rates were slashed in 2012 to feature several North American lows including 18.25% exactors, 19% triactors and superfectas and 14% Pick 5, bettors have responded in a huge way. In 2011, before the takeout decrease, bettors put $3.75 million through the windows over 30 races, about $125,000 per race. That number has gone up 59.5% since the takeout decrease.

     First post for the closing day card is 2:35 ET. $.50 Pick 4s are available in Races 2 and 7, and the 14% Pick 5 starts in Race 6.

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