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

2021 Live Racing Dates

  • Sunday, September 5th
  • Monday, September 6th
  • Wednesday, September 8th
  • Thursday, September 9th
  • Saturday, September 11th
  • Sunday, September 12th

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 is kidney-shaped, featuring undulation and a unique right-hand bend. With subtle elevation changes throughout, a sweeping turn into what becomes a dog-legged stretch run of more than a quarter-mile to the finish line, racing at Kentucky Downs is an exciting experience for those competing and cheering.