Kentucky horse racing dates approved for 2014

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a 2014 racing calendar with only minor changes from this year.

Churchill Downs in Louisville will keep the September meet, which had more than double the betting handle ($46.3 million this year versus $20.5 million last year) over the 2012 meet at Turfway Park in Florence.

Kentucky Downs in Franklin had requested an additional Saturday of racing in September, with more days as "host" track, which would mean more revenue. But the track conceded to Churchill.

Turfway Park will add seven days of racing in its winter/spring meet, bringing total racing days for Kentucky Thoroughbred tracks to 194 days in 2014. The Red Mile in Lexington will cut seven days, leaving total harness dates at 58.