NYRA customers are shut out from Kentucky Downs signal

NYRA customers are shut out from Kentucky Downs signal
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Customers of the New York Racing Association, either through NYRA Bets or while on-site at the three tracks it operates, will be unable to wager on the six-day Kentucky Downs meet that opens Sunday. 

Officials for Kentucky Downs on Thursday said agreements had been reached "with all the major simulcast outlets and account-wagering platforms" with the exception of NYRA. 

The Kentucky Downs meet, which is held exclusively on turf and features rich purses, runs through Sept. 12.

"The lack of a signed contract means that horseplayers at NYRA’s three tracks as well as NYRA Bets account-holders will not be able to place wagers on Kentucky Downs. (New York state’s regional OTB networks are not impacted.)," read a statement from Kentucky Downs.

A NYRA spokesman told Horse Racing Nation they have no comment at this time. 

Also as a result of the impasse, on-site customers at Kentucky tracks will be unable to wager on the last two days of the Saratoga meet, Sunday and Monday. Online betting platforms such as TVG, TwinSpires and Xpressbet are not affected.

“We are disappointed and saddened by NYRA’s decision but also understand and accept it,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ vice president for racing. “We want to let horseplayers know in advance so they aren’t caught off-guard. We are confident that New York horseplayers will find alternative ways to wager on Kentucky Downs and look forward to resolving this issue at some point with NYRA.”

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