In previous years it was speculated that these two tracks were in cahoots to stop Kentucky Downs from getting more days. As most know, Churchill wrestled the September dates from Turfway, and is very happy with those extra days and the smaller live handle. If Kentucky Downs wants more dates, good luck.
Keeneland and Churchill announced this morning that they, "plan to partner on the construction of
The key phrasing is, "on the border with Tennessee", meaning near the Nashville market. Meaning near Kentucky Downs.
I'm not one for conspiracy theories, (even though I must say it's fun to satirize the Churchill suits as Death Star denizens), but these two working so closely on things so anti-Kentucky Downs seems to fit more of a pattern of late.
Whatever the case, the new Keeneland looks a lot more like a death star corporate track than the track they worked so hard for years to be.
And it looks like there's no turning back. There's no Nick Nicholson in the wings; no white knight to change the way things have gone.
Let's just hope - for the sport in Kentucky and for customers everywhere - the damage is minimal.