FRANKLIN, KY (SEPTEMBER 2, 2015) – Encore Racing Based Games (RBG) has signed on as the new presenting sponsor of the $300,000 Encore Juvenile Fillies at Kentucky Downs. The race will be contested on opening day – Saturday September 5 – at the Franklin, Ky all-turf Thoroughbred track.. First post time on Saturday is 1:35 p.m. (CDT) and the Encore Juvenile Fillies is scheduled to go off at 4:35 p.m. (CDT) as the seventh race on the 10 race live card.
A contemporary spin on pari-mutuel horse racing, Encore was founded in 2013 to answer to a growing market need: fresh, innovative thinking and product development in the exciting new entertainment business known as Historical Horse Racing. Encore has invested in the future of horse racing by bringing to market an unprecedented line of electronic pari-mutuel games capable of delivering an engaging player experience and a welcome business uplift for racing – millions of dollars of documented direct revenue benefits for authorizing states, track operators, horse owners, trainers, breeders and other vital industry stakeholders.
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A full field of 12 will go postward in the Encore Juvenile Fillies, which is slated at seven furlongs on the turf. Headlining the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 3-1 is Simple Surprise, a daughter of Cowboy Cal owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Ricardo Santana. Simple Surprise comes in to the race undefeated in her first two career starts, most recently notching a one-length victory in the $100,000 Bolton Landing Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf on August 19 at Saratoga.
Installed as the 7-2 second favorite on the morning line for the Encore Juvenile Fillies is Seaside Schiller, a daughter of Artie Schiller owned by Timber Bay Farm, trained and Michael Matz and ridden by Rafael Hernandez. This will be the second career start for Seaside Schiller, following her maiden special weight one-length victory on July 16 at Belmont Park.
Another filly to watch in the Encore Juvenile will be the Wesley Ward-trained Moment Is Right, a daughter of top sire Medaglia d’Oro. Joel Rosario gets the mount on the Ted Broeck Farm, Inc.-owned filly. Moment is right notched a 1 ½ length victory in Astoria Stakes at Belmont on June 4, and followed that up with a fourth place finish in the Grade III Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga on July 24.
Kentucky Downs’ 2015 meeting includes five racing dates (Sept, 5, 10, 12, 16, 19) with record purses totaling $7.5 million. In addition to the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Encore Juvenile Fillies stakes race, the opening day live racing card also features the $300,000 Calumet Farm Juvenile and the $300,000 More Than Ready Mile, presented by WinStar Farm.
About Kentucky Downs: Located near the Kentucky-Tennessee border off Interstate 65, the year-round entertainment center offers live racing on its unique mile and five-sixteenth European-style turf course in September. Simulcasting is available seven days a week, as well as pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse races, charitable gaming, dining and other events. Horse racing has been conducted at the facility since 1990, when it was called Dueling Grounds Race Course.
Address: 5629 Nashville Road, P.O. Box 405, Franklin, KY 42135
2015 race dates: Sept. 5, 10, 12, 16, 19
First race: 1:35 p.m. (CDT)
Live Racing Manager: C.J. Johnsen: CJJohnsen@KentuckyDowns.com
Racing Office: 270.586.7094