Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kentucky Downs; Ready to Roll

Here is a snippet:

"Yes, Kentucky Downs is unique because of its undulating, European-style turf course and its all-turf-all-the-time program and the blessed brevity of its schedule, which contributes to a carefree and festive atmosphere. All that’s wonderful. But for the horseplayer, whether serious or casual, here’s wonderful: large fields with good horses, and plenty of betting opportunities with a low takeout. And that summarizes the bettor’s perspective of Kentucky Downs.

It has become one of the most bettor-friendly racetracks in America, a veritable bettor’s paradise. For more than half the Kentucky Downs races (51.2 percent) last year, 10 or more horses lined up in the starting gate. And the racing was very formful — that is, predictable. Favorites won 37.2 percent of the races, and yet the average favorite paid $6.60. Nearly a third of the winning favorites paid $8 or more. In other words, you’re unlikely to find a four-horse field here with a 2-5 favorite that renders all the betting options equally unappealing, a situation that seems to have become commonplace elsewhere. In fact, the Kentucky Downs fields were so typically large that there was only one odds-on favorite the entire season, and Seruni, in an unusually dull effort from the old pro, finished fifth at 4-5."

Who wrote that? A horseplayers advocate? A takeout zealot?

No, the fellow who runs Kentucky Downs.

For the full article and to get ready for the meet with some solid statistics and nuances, please click here.

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