Gains for slot-like game at all 3 Ky. locations lead to record month

Kentucky Downs historical horse racingHistorical horse racing set a record for Kentucky in October, according to statistics from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, as the racetracks where the slot-like devices are in use all saw continued handle increases in the first full month for the newest parlor.

The state’s total for the three parlors was a record $47.51 million, up 56.43 percent from the prior October (when two parlors operated) and breaking the previous record of $40.52 million in July (again, when only two parlors were operating).

The first full month for the joint venture of The Red Mile and Keeneland located at the Lexington standardbred track saw $11.56 million in wagering, up from $5.12 million in its September debut when it was only open part of the month.

Ellis Park in Henderson handled $5.35 million in wagering, up 42.16 percent from the prior October. Besides being Ellis’ record fourth consecutive month over $5 million, the Instant Racing-brand games there for the year-to-date surpassed the 2014 total in September.

Kentucky Downs had $30.59 million bet on its Encore Gaming devices, up 15 percent from the previous October. It’s the third month in the last four that the Franklin track saw wagering of more than $30 million.

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