The owner of Ellis Park in Henderson says he hopes to expand the horse track’s gambling options by Labor Day. Ron Geary wants to move ahead with plans to install instant racing machines, despite an ongoing lawsuit over the legality of those games in Kentucky.
It's called the "Road to the Kentucky Derby", and starting next year it will be used to determine the field for the world's most famous horse race.
The Courier-Journal reports Churchill Downs will determine the 20-horse field for the Derby through a points system. Beginning this fall, two-year-old horses will earn points based on their placement in designated races.
The points system will essentially organize the horse racing season into a regular season and playoffs, which racing officials hope will build fan interest along the way.