08/27/2014 2:58PM

Three stakes days on tap for Kentucky Downs

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Shannon Hargis
Kentucky Downs, the turf-only track located on the south-central border of the state, opens Sept. 6 with three stakes, including a pair for 2-year-olds and the new Dueling Grounds Derby for 3-year-olds.

Horsemen and fans accustomed to a basic one-day blowout of stakes at Kentucky Downs need to take a second look at the 2014 schedule. The track is taking advantage of accrued monies from its “historical racing” machines and will be hosting three multistakes dates at the upcoming five-day meet: Sept. 6, Sept. 13, and Sept. 24.

Kentucky Downs, the turf-only track located on the south-central border of the state, opens Sept. 6 with three stakes, including a pair for 2-year-olds and the new Dueling Grounds Derby for 3-year-olds. The biggest day is Sept. 13, when the Kentucky Turf Cup will offer a purse of $600,000, although half of that is restricted to horses eligible to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

Kentucky Downs has been advertising its huge overnight purses, including allowance races with a minimum purse of $100,000 (half of it KTDF) and 2-year-old maiden races worth up to $90,000 (also half KTDF).

Kentucky Downs will directly conflict with Churchill on the first two Saturdays in September. The other three Kentucky Downs dates are Wednesdays (Sept. 10, 17, and 24).

Last year, Churchill ran a Saturday night card on opening weekend, which allowed jockeys to ride at Kentucky Downs that day and return by charter to ride at Churchill that evening. With Churchill opening this year with Friday night and Saturday afternoon cards, no such arrangements will be made.

Walter More than 1 year ago
So glad to see KD running head to head w CD. I hope it's a blow out in handle for KD. Takeout is favorable and races will be very playable.
Joe More than 1 year ago
I am going to be attending the races on the 13th. I have never been there and do not know what to expect. There is very little info on website about seating, etc. also is there anything to do in franklin or is it better to stay in Nashville? If anyone who has been there could provide some insight that would be great. Our group are serious bettors but also like to knock back a few beers and eat well. We are between 35-43 years old.
btcountess More than 1 year ago
Hi Joe: Sorry this is late, hope you check back. My husband and I will be there all five days - the 13th is family fun day and college day. There will be lots to do including a fun mascot race and radio remote. It's a very casual place to watch races and have a great time. In between races or after you can also go into the building and have some fun with gaming!. As far as where to stay, Franklin is a cool town, lots of little shops and restaurants. The next closest town is Bowling Green KY, where the Corvette Museum is and Western KY Univ. Lots of shopping and restaurants from franchises to local flavor downtown. You will have a great time - good luck with the races!