$6.2M bet on opener 2nd highest ever at Ky Downs

Jennie Rees

(Photo: Henley's Joy won the Kentucky Downs Juvenile before an energetic crowd. Grace Clark/Reed Palmer Photography)

FRANKLIN, Ky. — (Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018) — Kentucky Downs had its second-highest betting day in track history on Saturday’s opening card of the five-day meet offering among the highest average daily purses in the world, with a total of $6,205,873 bet on the 10-race card that featured four stakes.

The day is topped only by the $8,487,323 wagered on what would have been the second Saturday of last year’s meet, when the opening day was delayed until Wednesday by torrential rain. It tops the $6,044,717 bet on the Sunday of last year’s meet to rank No. 2 all-time.

“I thought it was a great day all the way around,” said Ted Nicholson, senior vice president and general manager of Kentucky Downs. “We saw a lot of great racing. We had a huge crowd. It seemed like everybody had fun, from kids and families all the way to the hard-core players. We bet really well on-track and mostly off-track obviously.

“It was a great opening day. There are always things for us to improve on, and we plan to do just that.”