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LEXINGTON, KY – Keeneland and the majority owners of Kentucky Downs have applied for a harness racing license and proposed construction of a state-of-the-art racing facility and related track extension in Corbin and Williamsburg, respectively. The proposed facilities will feature live Standardbred racing and historical racing machines for guests from Kentucky and beyond. Kentucky Downs, located in Franklin, Ky., is majority owned, controlled and managed by a partnership led by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone. “Horse racing is an extremely vital part of the Commonwealth’s economy,” said Winchell. “With the addition of a new race track and related amenities in southeastern Kentucky, it will help to continue the momentum we have created for the state and our industry in recent years.” “Keeneland has dedicated resources to this region and project for many years and we look forward to working alongside our partners at Kentucky Downs to bring this project to life,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “This project will strengthen Kentucky’s vital horse industry and positively impact the Commonwealth and the local communities by stimulating significant economic growth, generating hundreds of new jobs and enhancing tourism and hospitality.” Officials from each racing association are working with state and local officials on a number of incentives and necessary infrastructure improvements to bring the facilities to fruition. Additionally, the venture is working with local investors to enhance the magnitude of the impact to the region. “Corbin is thrilled to be a part of this endeavor,” Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus said. “The new racing facility will be a welcome addition to our city’s already long list of sites and attractions for local residents and visitors.” “We are proud of the significant investment this partnership is committed to making in our community, and are excited to see the infusion of tourism, economic development and new jobs it will bring to Williamsburg and Whitley County,” Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison stated. Each facility is contingent upon approval of an initial pari-mutuel racing license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. From Kenneland

With a significant increase in fair participation this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel has decided to make exciting enhancements to the KY Fair Program for 2021.   The Fair Finals will be raced for a purse of $25,000, up from $15,000 in 2020. Further, the Advisory Panel unanimously adopted a proposal from panel member Art Zubrod, Brittany Farms General Manager, that consists of two upgrades: i) each fair race purse will be contested based on the numbers of starters at $1,000 per starter and ii) an additional trailer bonus of $1,000 per trailer will be added to the purse.   By way of example, a 7-horse race on a track using a 5-horse gate will have a $2,000 trailer bonus added to the newly established purse of $7,000 for a total purse of $9,000.   “These enhancements approved by the Sire Stakes Advisory Panel are just another step taken to help horsemen enjoy the benefits of the exciting programs emerging in Kentucky, “ says panel member and Kentucky Harness Association President Bob Brady, Kentuckiana Farms.   “Working closely with Steve Stewart, Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association representative on the panel that took oversight lead for the Fair Program, and with Art’s proposal, we have been able to adopt changes to the Kentucky Fair Program that will assist in growing Kentucky harness racing. Although further details and rule changes will be made in the near future, we wanted to get this exciting news out going into the upcoming yearling sales,” continued Brady.   From the Kentucky Harness Association

Columbus, OH — According to a story in the Paulick Report, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Alan J. Leavitt, Dr. Naveed Chowhan, Jonathan Rabinowitz and James Edwin “Ed” Worley to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Charles Francis O’Connor has been reappointed. Beshear designated Rabinowitz the commission’s new chairman, replacing Francis S. Kling Jr., who remains a member of the regulatory agency. Leavitt is a Standardbred owner and breeder, a former USTA director and member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame who previously served on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Leavitt replaces Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, whose term expired. To read the full story from the Paulick Report, click here. from the USTA Communications Department

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