Kentucky Downs Opening Day Sets Wagering Record; Up 108% from 2012 by Press Release|09.07.201309.07.2013|8:21pm11:05pm Kentucky Downs Kentucky Downs opened its 21st season of live racing with an all-time wagering record of $2,837,897 for Saturday's 10-race card. With outstanding racing, the handle mark showed a 108% increase over the 2012 opening day figure. “Today's record-breaking results illustrate the positive impact we can have as an industry when we all work together,” said Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnsen. “We were able to offer great purses, fueled mostly by Instant Racing, which attracted top horses, jockeys, and trainers. Couple those full fields with an attractive takeout and horseplayers around North American responded with a Kentucky Downs record handle.” Live racing resumes next Wednesday, which is Jockey Hall of Fame Day. Six riders in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame will make appearances at Kentucky Downs, with the first live race at 1:35 p.m.(Central).