Maybe it was snow fever. Regardless of the reason, the three Kentucky racetrack parlors featuring the slot-like historical horse racing all saw records in February, according to the latest statistics from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
The $62.68 million bet in Kentucky bested the prior record — set in December — by about $8.4 million more than the prior best that was seen in December. The state number benefits from a new facility at The Red Mile (and jointly owned by that standardbred track and Keeneland), which handled $18.4 million –- its best performance yet in its sixth month of operation.
The two older sites also saw record-setting months in February.
Kentucky Downs saw $37.7 million in betting, up 29.41 percent over the previous February at the Franklin track and nearly $3 million better than its previous best month in December. Ellis Park saw $6.51 million in wagering, up 60.26 percent over the previous February at the Henderson track and almost $500,000 better than its prior record in July.