2019 Race Dates Announced!

At just five days each year, Kentucky Downs hosts one of the shortest thoroughbred horse racing meets in North America. Though short, the five day meet features more than $10 million in purses, with a nation-leading average of over $2 million in purses per day.

Our 2019 race dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, August 31st
  • Thursday, September 5th
  • Saturday, September 7th
  • Sunday, September 8th
  • Thursday, September 12th

Stay tuned for more details!

THE TRACK:

Kentucky Downs is home to America's ONLY European-style (all turf) racecourse, and at one mile and five sixteenths in length, it is one of the longest tracks in the nation as well. Unlike other racetracks, which are typically oval, the course at Kentucky Downs features undulation and a unique shape. With subtle elevation changes throughout the course, a sweeping turn into the stretch run, and a quarter-mile dash from the end of the final turn to the finish line, racing at Kentucky Downs is an exciting experience for both those racing and those cheering.

Track Map: click here.

THE MEET:

At just five days each September, Kentucky Downs hosts one of the shortest thoroughbred horse racing meets in North America. Though short, the five day meet features $10 million in purses, with a nation-leading average of $2 million in purses per day. The short, all-turf meet, hosts fourteen stakes races, from sprints to routes and everything in between! Of these fourteen stakes races, four of them are graded stakes (the G3 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, G3 Ladies Turf Stakes, G3 Turf Sprint Stakes, and G3 Ladies Turf Sprint Stakes).

ATTENDING THE RACES:

Whether you're a dedicated racing fan or this is your first time at the track, Kentucky Downs is heralded as a unique and 'must-see' experience. Admission to the races is free, as is seating and tailgating. Unlike most racetracks, Kentucky Downs does not have typical grandstand seating, instead featuring stadium seats, picnic tables, and allowing guests to bring their own lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and seating for a casual day at the races. Looking for something more upscale? Check out our reserved seating options, starting at $25!

STAY CONNECTED:

To stay up to date with Kentucky Downs Racing, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat at @kydownsracing, or check out our Facebook page, Kentucky Downs. Be sure to use the hashtag, #LiveAtKyDowns to stay in the conversation, and check out #KyDownsGrad to follow horses who race at Kentucky Downs and move on to win at some of the country's biggest tracks!

THE HORSES:

The large purses awarded during Kentucky Downs' September meet draw some of the top thoroughbred race horses to the small town of Franklin, Kentucky. Recently successful #KyDownsGrads include: Daddys Lil Darling (winner of the 2017 Dueling Grounds Oaks, went on to win G1 American Oaks at Santa Anita), Al's Gal (winner of the 2016 Ramsey Farm Stakes, went on to win the G1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine), Bullards Alley (2nd in 2016, 6th in 2017 G3 Kentucky Turf Cup, went on to win G1 Canadian International at Woodbine), among many others. Check out the KYD Graduates page or the hashtag #KyDownsGrads on social media to keep up with 'Grads' all year long!