LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In a press release Sunday morning, Keeneland and Red Mile announced that Red Mile is temporarily closing its historical racing operations.
The decision was made after the Kentucky Supreme Court denied their petition for a rehearing on the Court's September 24th opinion about pari-mutuel wagering.
The Supreme Court denied the October 14th petition this past Thursday.
Now, Keeneland and Red Mile say they're looking to the legislature to "protect jobs and state revenue generated by historical horse racing".
Read the statement in full below:
“We were disappointed the Kentucky Supreme Court denied our petition for rehearing. At this time, Keeneland and Red Mile have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close historical horse racing operations until there is more clarity surrounding the situation. We have confidence the Kentucky legislature will continue its efforts to protect jobs and state revenue generated by historical horse racing, as well as protect Kentucky’s signature horse racing industry.”