Reduction in 2010 Kentucky Racing Dates Approved

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, on the advice of one of its committees, Oct. 27 approved 2010 racing dates for all three breeds, including a 25% cut in Thoroughbred racing.

Racetracks requested reductions because of economic conditions, a decrease in available purse money, and a smaller horse population as owners and trainers race elsewhere in states where purses are boosted by revenue from alternative gaming.

 

The schedule approved by the KHRC maintains a year-round circuit for Thoroughbred racing, but there will be fewer racing opportunities. With a reduction of 67 dates, there will be roughly 650 fewer Thoroughbred races in Kentucky next year.

 

KHRC member Thomas Gaines said the committee decided it was "in the best interest of the industry to preserve the year-round circuit."

Tracks such as Turfway Park, which will race three days a week instead of five in January and February, and four days instead of five in March, hope the condensed schedule allows for a purse increase, perhaps 20%.

Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association president Rick Hiles said horsemen agreed with the 2010 schedule with the understanding if racetrack gaming is approved, tracks would restore dates.

(Originally published at BloodHorse.com.)  

About the Author

Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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