Kentucky Downs Racetrack

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Address: 5629 Nashville Rd, Franklin, KY 42134

Phone: 270-586-7778

Website: https://themintkentuckydowns.com/live-racing/

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Kentucky Downs Racetrack Facts

Track (Turf): 1 5/16 (550 yards) miles

Stretch Length: 1,320 feet

Surface Composition: Turf, Elevation Changes

Opened in 1990 as the Dueling Grounds Race Course, Kentucky Downs is a unique, European-style race track that regularly hosts graded stakes events each year. Check which other racetracks are near you!

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Opened in 1990 as the Dueling Grounds Race Course, Kentucky Downs is a unique, European-style race track that regularly hosts graded stakes events each year. Check which other racetracks are near you!

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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
DATE
RACE
PURSE / RESTRICTIONS
SURFACE / DISTANCE
Thursday, Aug. 31
Tapit Stakes
$500,000 / 3 year olds & up who have not won a stakes in 2023
Turf / 1 mile and 70 yards.
Saturday, Sept. 2
Music City (G3)
$750,000 / 3-year-old fillies
Turf / 6 1/2 furlongs
Gun Runner
$750,000 / 3-year-olds
Turf / 1 mile
Mint Millions (G3)
$2 million / 3 year olds & up
Turf / 1 mile
Sunday, Sept. 3
Dueling Grounds Derby (G3)
$750,000 / 3-year-olds
Turf / 1 5/16 miles
Dueling Grounds Oaks
$750,000 / 3-year-old fillies
Turf / 1 5/16 miles
Thursday, Sept. 7
One Dreamer
$500,000 / fillies and mares 3 years old & up who have not won a stakes in 2023
Turf / 1 mile and 70 yards
Saturday, Sept. 9
Franklin-Simpson (G2)
$1 million / 3-year-olds
Turf / 6 1/2 furlongs
Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G2
$1 million / 3 year olds & up
Turf / 6 furlongs
Kentucky Turf Cup (G2)
$1 million / 3 year olds & up
Turf / 1 1/2 miles

Kentucky Downs Racing and Track History

Located near the Kentucky – Tennessee border on Interstate 65 and 35 miles north of Nashville, Kentucky Downs is a year round entertainment center that offers live racing in September, simulcasting seven days a week, pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse races, charitable gaming, dining and other events. Horses compete on the unique 1 5/16-mile European style turf course, which features subtle elevation changes, a sweeping turn into the stretch run and a quarter-mile run from the end of the final turn to the finish line.

The Turf Cup is the main event of the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, which kicks off the track’s brief racing session in September. This race was first held as the Sam Houston Stakes in 1991; Sam Houston, then a state representative and the former governor of Tennessee, fought and won a duel on these grounds in 1832 before moving south and leading the Texas Revolution.

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 Racetrack Information & FAQs

With the only European-style racetrack in America, Kentucky Downs features a non-oval shaped course with an early sharp-left turn into the back stretch. In the last 7 furlongs, the course turns right - a feature that only one other track (Santa Anita Park) in the US has.

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