Kentucky Downs Race Track


5629 Nashville Rd
Franklin, KY 42135
Phone: (270) 586-7778

Racing Season: September

Notable Kentucky Downs Racing Events

  • G3 Kentucky Turf Cup | 3-year-olds & up going 1-1/2 mi. on turf
  • Dueling Grounds Derby | 3-year-olds going 1-1-5/16 mi. on turf
  • More Than Ready Mile | 3-year-olds & up going 1 mi.
  • Kentucky Downs Turf Dash | 3-year-olds & up going 6.5f

History of Live Racing at Kentucky Downs

Prior to the practice being outlawed in the 20th century, gentlemen from Tennessee would travel north to settle their differences in pistol duels. The 260 acre piece of land became known as "Dueling Grounds" and was turned into a uniquely-shaped turf-only race track in the 1980s. Opened in 1990, Dueling Grounds was renamed Kentucky Downs in 1998 and is still the only European-style racetrack in America: not only is it not a traditional oval shape, but the horses run uphill for the final furlong.

Kentucky Downs: Race Track Features

The main race track is 1 5/16ths miles in length, featuring a unique shape and subtle elevation changes

Kentucky Downs: Track Amenities

Kentucky Downs has so much more for visitors besides horse racing action. Their gaming area features 390 Historical Horse Racing games, allowing players to wager on historic races. Patrons looking for a great meal can look no further then Jack Pott’s Grille. Are you new to horse racing? Kentucky Downs offers weekly lessons for anyone looking to better understand racing and wagering!