Kentucky Tracks Request Fewer Racing Days

Citing decreases in purses and the local horse population, Kentucky Thoroughbred racetracks requested a greatly pared down live racing schedule for 2010.

A Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee discussed the requests Oct. 26. The full KHRC will vote on the requests at its Oct. 27 meeting.

In all, 206 dates are sought for 2010, down from the 273 requested for 2009. Modifications will bring the actual 2009 total to 239.

Turfway Park has asked to race three-day weeks in January and February rather than the customary five, not an unexpected move. Track president Bob Elliston, however, said there was discussion to shelve racing those two months, but that option would damage the year-round racing circuit in Kentucky.

Turfway requested 81 days for its three meets, down from the 114 requested for 2009.

Ellis Park, which occupies the summer schedule, is seeking 27 live racing dates. The track sought 48 days in 2009 but ended up racing 28.

Churchill Downs, awarded 73 days for 2009, has asked for 62 in 2010. This past spring, the track dropped one day a week, which means it will race 66 days this year.

Keeneland's schedule is unchanged with a request for 32 days. Kentucky Downs wants four days, down from the six requested for 2009; the track cut two of those days and ended up canceling another program.

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