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With an extensive and varied background in horse racing, Johnsen has enjoyed a 40+ year career in the sport. From 2007 to 2019, Johnsen was the President and part-owner of Kentucky Downs. Prior to that, the veteran racing executive was the President of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie when the Texas track hosted the 2004 Breeders’ Cup. Johnsen is a member of the Lone Star Park Hall of Fame and Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame. A resident of Southlake, Texas, Johnsen groomed race horses as a summer job during his college education and has been fortunate to work with them during his entire professional life
Kentucky Downs Director of Broadcasting & Wagering from 2012 to 2019, and currently Vice President CJ Thoroughbreds. Directed efforts at Kentucky Downs that saw wagering increase from over $3.5 million in 2011 to over $36 million in 2018, which was also was named the #1 ranked track for the 4th straight year by the Horseplayers Association of North America. Has qualified to the National Handicapping Championship and Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.
Competed at the highest level in his two favorite sports, horse racing and football. Campaigned the graded stakes winner Dr. Death. Has owned many top horses and has considerable experience in racing partnerships. Enjoyed an 11-year career in the NFL as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers. Is a member of the TCU Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame