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Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs is a horse-racing track in Franklin, Kentucky, United States. It opened in 1990, at Nashville Road.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

On April 22, 1990, Ron Winchell & Marc Falcone opened the Kentucky Downs as Dueling Grounds Race Course. This Thoroughbred horse racing track, unique for its European-style course, is located on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, in Franklin, Kentucky, just off Interstate 65. The name originated from the history of the Sandford Duncan farm, on whose property the track was located. The farm was the site of numerous duels in the 1800s because dueling was illegal in Tennessee but not in Kentucky.

The track conducted only steeplechase races in its first year but removed the fences and switched to flat racing in 1992. The first meet featured Dueling Grounds International, whose $750,000 purse remains the richest in American steeplechase history. It was also utilized as a concert site and a bingo hall. In 1997, the track was purchased at auction by Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, and other investors. Turfway took over day-to-day management of the facility, having some of its existing staff do double duty at the new track. The name was changed to Kentucky Downs to remove the stigma attached to the Dueling Grounds brand under its previous mismanagement.

In 2000, Steeplechase racing returned in with a Grade II event and traditional flat racing. The track went back to flat racing only the following year but resumed steeplechases again in 2008. In March 2007, a partnership led by investors Corey Johnsen and Ray Reid agreed to purchase 85% interest in the track. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America, in which Kentucky Downs was ranked #2.

On September 1, 2011, Kentucky Downs introduced Instant Racing, a hybrid between slot machines and pari-mutuel wagering, where bettors play at a terminal using historical racing data and video.

Track Details

The surface is all turf instead of dirt, and it is not oval, having 1 mile 550 yards (2.112 km) in length, with three turns. The first turn is a sharp left-handed turn to the backstretch. Approximately 7 furlongs to the finish line, the course turns right. It then gradually turns left into the homestretch.

There is a total of 300 acres of land for seats. The rare fact about the admission to this track’s races is that it is free, including tailgating on the far turn. Unlike most racetracks, it does not have typical grandstand seating but includes featuring stadium seats, picnic tables, and even allowing guests/audience to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and seating for a casual day at the races. You are just like walking into a park, as it does not even ask for any entrance fee.

History

On April 22, 1990, Ron Winchell & Marc Falcone opened the Kentucky Downs as Dueling Grounds Race Course. This Thoroughbred horse racing track, unique for its European-style course, is located on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, in Franklin, Kentucky, just off Interstate 65. The name originated from the history of the Sandford Duncan farm, on whose property the track was located. The farm was the site of numerous duels in the 1800s because dueling was illegal in Tennessee but not in Kentucky.

The track conducted only steeplechase races in its first year but removed the fences and switched to flat racing in 1992. The first meet featured Dueling Grounds International, whose $750,000 purse remains the richest in American steeplechase history. It was also utilized as a concert site and a bingo hall. In 1997, the track was purchased at auction by Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, and other investors. Turfway took over day-to-day management of the facility, having some of its existing staff do double duty at the new track. The name was changed to Kentucky Downs to remove the stigma attached to the Dueling Grounds brand under its previous mismanagement.

In 2000, Steeplechase racing returned in with a Grade II event and traditional flat racing. The track went back to flat racing only the following year but resumed steeplechases again in 2008. In March 2007, a partnership led by investors Corey Johnsen and Ray Reid agreed to purchase 85% interest in the track. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America, in which Kentucky Downs was ranked #2.

On September 1, 2011, Kentucky Downs introduced Instant Racing, a hybrid between slot machines and pari-mutuel wagering, where bettors play at a terminal using historical racing data and video.

Track Details

The surface is all turf instead of dirt, and it is not oval, having 1 mile 550 yards (2.112 km) in length, with three turns. The first turn is a sharp left-handed turn to the backstretch. Approximately 7 furlongs to the finish line, the course turns right. It then gradually turns left into the homestretch.

There is a total of 300 acres of land for seats. The rare fact about the admission to this track’s races is that it is free, including tailgating on the far turn. Unlike most racetracks, it does not have typical grandstand seating but includes featuring stadium seats, picnic tables, and even allowing guests/audience to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and seating for a casual day at the races. You are just like walking into a park, as it does not even ask for any entrance fee.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 5629 Nashville Rd, Franklin, KY 42134, United States

  • Phone: +1 270-586-7778

  • https://themintkentuckydowns.com/

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