Kentucky Downs’ 2015 Final Figures Show Across the Board Increases

December 10, 2019

FRANKLIN, KY (October 1, 2015) – Kentucky Downs ended its 2015 racing season with record numbers in every significant category, including starters per race, handle per race, and total purses paid. Starters per race averaged 10.6, up from 10.18 in 2014.

Total handle of $16,831,333 was a new record for the track’s live racing season, an increase of over one million dollars despite running two fewer races than the 2014 meet and moving a scheduled September 12th Saturday card to a Monday afternoon of racing. That milestone in total handle included a record setting one day total of $5,073,589 set on closing day September 19th. Handle per race went up as well for 2015, increasing to $350,652 a race from its 2014 mark of $316,306, a growth of ten percent.

“While handle increases are gratifying, our number one goal for every live race meeting is the safety of every horse and rider,” said Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnsen. “We started a record number of horses per race, and the horse ambulance never moved. We had a number of talented horses run at Kentucky Downs, but our Star of the Meet was Ron Moore and his course maintenance crew, who worked tirelessly under challenging weather conditions. The flawless safety record speaks for itself.”

Horsemen continued to be complimentary of the racing surface. Leading rider Florent Geroux stated, "As a rider, I'd like to thank the Kentucky Downs management for keeping the turf course in such good condition. Obviously they had some weather issues, but they did a fantastic job keeping it in great shape. It's always a pleasure to get to ride at such a unique race course."

Total purses paid to horsemen increased once again to $6,609,354 including KTDF funds versus $4,841,271 in 2014.

“Holding a live racing license is a privilege, and one of the responsibilities is to improve the Kentucky horse industry,” said Johnsen. “We paid out a record amount of KTDF money. Trainers and owners are now keenly aware of our racing program, so I believe we have added value for Kentucky-breds. Because of that, we had the best Kentucky-breds in training traveling to Kentucky Downs from all corners of North America.”

Kentucky Downs utilized its live racing days as a platform for non-profit organizations, who continue to enrich the horse industry, to raise money. Groups taking part included the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Horses and Hope, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Grayson-Jockey Club, and Kentucky Downs’ new partner Old Friends.

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