Kentucky Downs Closes with Record Handle; Rosario Dominates Rider Standings


Joel Rosario won 26.5% of the races at Kentucky Downs | Coady

The FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs wrapped up Sunday with a nearly 24% rise in handle from the same period last year. A total of $74,088,532 was wagered via all-sources handle, up $14,260,088 (or 23.8%) from last year's total of $59,828,444, which was also a record at the time. Sunday's card of 10 races saw a handle of $13,899,277, third-highest at the all-turf track. Saturday's wagering of $20,849,967 on 11 races set a new mark for one day of racing at Kentucky Downs.

The big story of the six-day meet was jockey Joel Rosario's dominance over his fellow riders. He ran away with the leading jockey title, winning five races on the first day's 11-race card (Sept. 5). He won another five on Sept. 6, added just one on Sept. 8, two on Sept. 9, and none on Sept. 11, but finished strong with four on closing day. That gave him 17 wins, good for an astounding 26.5% of all the races at the meet.

Steve Asmussen, Brendan Walsh, and Michael Maker finished in a three-way tie for leading trainer, while Godolphin Stables captured the leading owner title.

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