The Mint BG: The ‘Epicenter’ for Derby Day action

Bowling Green, Ky., is 113 miles and a time zone removed from Churchill Downs, but the Warren County seat will be south-central Kentucky’s “Epicenter” for Kentucky Derby pre-race festivities. That’s because the close second choice for the 148th Kentucky Derby, Louisiana Derby winner Epicenter, was foaled and raised at 300-acre Westwind Farms on Three Springs … Continued

King of the Turf champion’s belt a trophy as unique as contest

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022) — Kenny Mollicone established himself as the National Turf Handicapping Champion by winning the King of the Turf Handicapping Challenge last September during the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs. Now he’ll have the belt to prove it. Mollicone, a 47-year-old real-estate developer from Somerset, Mass., will be presented the … Continued

Gun Runner ’22 season fetches $130K for tornado relief

  Winchell, Three Chimneys donate $230,000 in All Photo above: Gun Runner winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar under Florent Geroux. Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire Youtube video of Gun Runner 2022 breeding season being sold at Keeneland Tuesday evening. Includes interviews with Three Chimneys vice chair Doug Cauthen and Keeneland VP for sales … Continued

Kentucky Downs lands 13 horses in Breeders’ Cup

(Photo: Gear Jockey, in the lead on the rail under Jose Lezcano, won the $1 million FanDuel Turf Sprint to earn a fees-paid spot in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Saturday at Del Mar. Coady Photography) FRANKLIN, Ky. (Tuesday, November 2, 2021) — Thirteen horses who competed at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky … Continued

Summer in Saratoga takes G3 Dowager

Edited Keeneland stakes recap (Photos by Grace Clark/Kentucky Downs) LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 24, 2021) – Highlander Training Center’s Summer in Saratoga held off a late bid from favored Luck Money by a half-length to win the 30th running of the $150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares Sunday afternoon. The victory keyed … Continued

Kentucky Downs’ King of the Turf: Kenny Mollicone!

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 13, 2021)— Kenny Mollicone, a 47-year-old real-estate developer from Somerset, Mass., is the 2021 National Turf Handicapping Champion, having won the six-day online Kentucky Downs Turf Handicapping Challenge at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs. Mollicone finished with an aggregate total of $5,783.90 Sunday after playing in all three of the … Continued

FanDuel Meet at KD: six days, $74M bet, almost $16M in purses

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021) — Led by a record-smashing $20,849,967 wagered on Saturday’s showcase program, the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs completed North America’s most lucrative six-date run with betting totaling $74,088,532. The previous records were the $17,437,731 on the corresponding Saturday as part of the $59,828,441 total bet last year. That’s an … Continued

Congrats to Rosario, Godolphin, Walsh, Maker, Asmussen!

Joel Rosario clinched his first Kentucky Downs riding title on the second day of the meet, when he won five races for the second straight day. He went on to win seven more, including four on the final card to extend his track record total to 17. The previous record was the 12 won by … Continued

Princess Grace takes $750K Calumet Bourbon Ladies Turf

  By Paul Rolfes, for Kentucky Downs FRANKLIN, Ky., (Saturday, Sept. 11) – Even-money favorite Princess Grace gave her backers in The Calumet Bourbon Ladies Turf a small shock when she broke dead last in the field of nine fillies and mares in the $750,000 Grade 3 race at Kentucky Downs. Asked if he was … Continued