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Kentucky Downs in Franklin Cutting Into Churchill Downs Races

Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky
Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky

Churchill Downs is considering dropping September racing in 2015 if required to share racing dates with Kentucky Downs.

Track president Kevin Flannery told the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's race date committee that there are issues with horse population and making sure everybody can fill the fields.

The Courier-Journal reported Keeneland Race Course is supporting Churchill's request. Churchill agreed to let Keemeland have the first weekend in October, which normally would've gone to Churchill, because Keeneland wants to move up its fall meet next year when it hosts the Breeders' Cup.

Committee member will reconvene October 14 to make recommendations to the racing commission, which must award 2015 dates by November 1 under state law.

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