07/02/2013 5:42PM

Kentucky Downs purses to average $900,000 a day


Purses at the five-day Kentucky Downs meet in September will average about $900,000 per card, with the meet centerpiece, the Grade 3, $400,000 Kentucky Turf Cup, being packaged with four $150,000 stakes on a Sept. 14 program being called Kentucky Downs Million Day.

The inflated purses at turf-only Kentucky Downs are being fueled by revenues from Instant Racing machines. Some maiden races will be worth $90,000, including bonuses from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

The Kentucky Downs dates are Sept. 7, 11, 14, 18, and 25.

In all, eight stakes will be run at Kentucky Downs, with the other three, all worth $150,000, scheduled for opening day. The condition book is available at kentuckydowns.com.

Last year, Kentucky Downs also ran five dates, with purses totaling just more than $2 million, or a little more than $400,000 per card. Field size averaged 9.6 horses per race.

Churchill Downs also will run a 12-day meet in September, with two of its Saturday dates, Sept. 7 and 14, conflicting with Kentucky Downs.

Chris Chester More than 1 year ago
This is a joke. Won't the inflated purses just encourage more cheating? Racing commission should then increase fines and suspensions 10 fold. I agree with the posts pleading for reducing takeout
a a More than 1 year ago
For all you romantic wishers, I have walked that track a gazillion times, it is a bunch of weeds with holes. Ask any jock who has ridden there. And God forbid it rains.
a a More than 1 year ago
They should reduce purses and plant/sod some real grass with the money.
1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Maybe they'll pay the top 12 finishers. Pay them well, $2000 or more for a public workout. That should do wonders for the integrity of the game.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
One day the Kentucky Turf Cup will be one of the biggest turf races all year. The purse is going to grow and grow. I think it will one day go to $1,000,000
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
I know where I'll be September 14th Kentucky Downs doesn't have slot machines. They are still illegal in Kentucky. The extra money is from "instant racing" machines.
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Tony More than 1 year ago
Turfway does not run in september
Perl More than 1 year ago
If you ever have a chance to visit Kentucky Downs, you should pounce. There is no other race track in America like it. It's basically like this huge field in the middle of nowhere and they run races on it. The long uphill finish really separates the wheat from the chafe. Here's to this gem of a track!
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Perl More than 1 year ago
I hate you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the surface this sounds great. But it's not. Slots fueled tracks just give big money to bad horses. For example, mountaineer, Charlestown, Parx, Delaware, etc. Kentucky Downs should prove a point and lower takeout for their meet since they can make up for it with the slots revenue. This would send horseplayers a clear message that they want them to wager. Maiden races should never go for $90,000! They can get great maidens to run for $50,000. That difference can go back to the horseplayer. However, no slots fueled track as ever lowered takeout. Slots & Casino gambling are the mortal enemy of horse racing and the horseplayer.
Dennis ONeill More than 1 year ago
well, the big stables bring in their horses and turns the meet into a 'crap shoot', like their horses can run anywhere, many a horse has not returned from these meets because they push for the so called 'Big Purse'