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

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

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

Keeneland Mint Ladies Sprint: In Good Spirits draws in, draws off

By Mike Kane, for Kentucky Downs FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021) – Timing is everything in sports and life as In Good Spirits proved again Saturday in her victory in the $600,000 Grade 3 Keeneland Mint Ladies Sprint at Kentucky Downs. Bal Mar Equine’s 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly drew into the race when She’s So … Continued

$1M FanDuel Turf Sprint goes to Gear Jockey

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021) — A horse trained by Rusty Arnold earned a free roll in the $1 million, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for the second time in three years as Calumet Farm’s Gear Jockey wore down front-running Bombard to take the $1 million FanDuel Turf Sprint by 2 1/2 lengths. … Continued

G2 Calumet Turf Cup: Imperador gives Lobo, Figuieredo 2nd stakes

Story by Mike Kane  FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021) — Trainer Paulo Lobo wasn’t surprised when the Argentinian-bred Imperador won the G2 $1 million Calumet Turf Cup Saturday at Kentucky Downs. He saw it coming. Lobo had watched the 5-year-old son of Treasure Beach make progress this year and figured he was ready to … Continued