Kentucky Downs wagering breaks records

Kentucky Downs in Franklin wrapped up a historic meet on Wednesday with a record-setting day of racing.

The track brought in a single-day record handle of $3,371,476 on Wednesday, the final of its five days of live racing in September. Wednesday's all-sources handle marked a 117 percent increase over the meet's final day last year.

The record final day boosted Kentucky Downs' all-sources handle for the meet to a record-setting $12,814,966, an increase of 69.3 percent from a year ago.

The on-track handle of $645,343 was an increase of 17 percent over 2012.

"This season showed what can be accomplished when we all work together," said Corey Johnsen, Kentucky Downs' president. "We were proud to offer quality racing with a low takeout, and horseplayers responded with record handle."

Kentucky Downs paid out $4,121,142 in purses and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money. That established a record for the racetrack and represented an increase of 103.9 percent from a year ago. The purses were boosted by revenue from wagering on historical horse races, which is also known as "instant racing."

Rosie Napravnik topped the Kentucky Downs jockey standings with eight wins. Ken and Sarah Ramsey led the owners standings with a record nine wins. Wayne Catalano was the top trainer with 10 victories.

"What impressed me most about the season," Johnsen said, "was that we had top-quality horses, trainers and jockeys from all over the country. And, in my opinion, we had some terrific races, showcasing our great sport at the highest level."