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With the track’s first $10 million day in history Saturday, Kentucky Downs is on pace to topple last year’s record handle, which in turn smashed the 2016 mark. A total of $22,070,345 was wagered on Kentucky Downs through the first three days of the five-date 2018 meet that pays the highest average daily purses in the world outside Japan. That’s only $480,416 off what was bet during the entire five-date meet of 2016, itself a record-breaker. 

Another record meet seems completely in grasp with Kentucky Downs $8,176,542 off last year’s meet total, or requiring a little over $4 million for each of the final two cards. The smallest betting total in 2017 came when the opening day had to be moved from Saturday to a Wednesday, with $4,633,176 wagered.

“Our goal is to present first-class thoroughbred racing with an attractive wagering takeout,” Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen said after a record $10,039,008 was bet this past Saturday. “So it is very gratifying to reach the $10 million handle milestone. The horseplayers have spoken. And we want to thank all the members of the horse industry for their support.”

Kentucky Downs by the numbers

All Sources Handle 2018

Day 1: $6,205,873***

Day 2: $5,825,464

Day 3: $10,039,008*

Day 4: TBD

Day 5: TBD

2018 TO DATE: $22,070,345

*** third-highest in track history

*  highest in track history

All Sources Handle 2017

Day 1: $4,633,176.29

Day 2: $5,402,254.66

Day 3: $8,487,323.27**

Day 4: $6,044,717.15

Day 5: $5,679,416.31

2017 TOTAL: $30,246,887

** second-highest in track history

All Sources Handle 2016

Day 1: $4,603,239.82

Day 2: $4,019,637.14

Day 3: $5,769,505.23

Day 4: $4,487,790.40

Day 5 $3,660,588.63

2016 TOTAL: $22,540,761.22

Betting on Kentucky Downs since 2012

Year (dates) all-sources total

2017 (5) $30,246,888

2016 (5) $22,540,764                      

2015 (5) $16,887,134

2014 (5) $15,880,755

2013 (5) $12,814,891                  

2012 (5) $7,570,731            



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