March is traditionally one of the best months — if not the best month — of the year for slot-like historical horse racing in Kentucky, and the 2016 edition was no exception, according to the latest statistics from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
The three racetrack locations where the gambling devices are used all saw their best month ever in March — on top of their previous best months ever in February. Since the first parlor opened in September 2011 at Kentucky Downs, March perennially is a record-setting month.
The statewide total is a record for the second consecutive month as well, fueled significantly by the addition of the joint Keeneland-Red Mile Lexington facility at The Red Mile.
The $66.56 million bet through the devices statewide increased 84.25 percent over the previous March and eclipsed the previous best of $62.68 million in February.
Kentucky Downs in Franklin saw a 20.06 percent gain over the previous March to $38.13 million in wagers. That eclipsed the previous best of $37.74 million in February.
The new Lexington parlor handled $21.4 million, eclipsing its previous best month of $18.42 million in February.
Ellis Park in Henderson saw a 60.97 percent gain over the prior March to $7.03 million. That eclipsed the previous best month of $6.51 million in February.