Kentucky Downs Six Day Meet Opens Sept. 5th

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Friday, September 3, 2021

The Kentucky Downs six day meet opens in just two days and there are limited tickets available for purchase with four days already sold out including opening day. The meet will offer horsemen over $15 million in purses on the European-style turf track. Horses have started to arrive at the stables as well. 

The track is also hosting The Kentucky Downs Turf Handicapping Challenge, presented by Daily Racing Form. The competition consists of three two-day, online handicapping contests:

  • Sunday, September 5th and Monday, September 6th - $600 contest with a $300 entry fee and $300 bankroll

  • Wednesday, September 8th and Thursday, September 9th - $800 contest with $400 entry fee and $400 bankroll

  • Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September, 12th - $1200 contest with $600 entry fee and $600 bankroll

Each individual contest will have an independent prize structure. You can learn more at

However, as far as gambling online this year, Kentucky Downs and the NYRA failed to reach an agreement. Horseplayers will be able to bet on all of the major simulcast and account-wagering platforms except for the New York Racing Association and its affiliated NYRA Bets. This means that horseplayers visiting the three NYRA tracks or using the NYRA Bets app will not be able to place wagers on Kentucky Downs. However, the New York State's regional OTB networks are not impacted. 

As a result, horseplayers at any of the Kentucky tracks will not be able to wager on the last two days of Saratoga's meet, Sunday and Monday. Horseplayers will be able to use online betting platforms such as TVG, TwinSpires and Xpressbet.

The 2021 Stakes Schedule includes several listed stakes for two and three year olds as well as two Breeders' Cup Win and You're In Turf Division races. 

Sunday, September 5th

  • $500K The Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks (listed) - 1 5/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies

  • $750K The Big Ass Fans Dueling Grounds Derby (listed) - 1 5/16 miles for 3-year-old 

Monday, September 6th

  • $500K The Aristocrat Juvenile Fillies (listed) - 1 mile for 2-year-old fillies

  • $500K The Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile (listed) - 1 mile for 2-year-olds

  • $1 Million The WinStar mint Million (G3) - 1 mile for 3-year-olds and up

Wednesday, September 8th

  • $400K The TVG Stakes (listed) - 1 mile 70 yards for 3-year-olds and up

Thursday, September 9th

  • $500K The Global Tote Juvenile Sprint (listed) - 6 ½ furlongs for 2-year-olds

Saturday, September 11th

  • $450K The Calumet Turf Cup (G2) - 1 ½ miles for 3-year-olds and up - Win and You're In Breeders Cup Turf Division

  • $1 Million The FanDuel Turf Sprint (G3) - 6 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up - Win and You're In Breeders Cup Turf Division

  • $750K The Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (G3) - 1 mile for 3-year-olds and up fillies and mares

  • $600K The Mint Ladies Sprint (G3) - 6 ½ furlongs for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up

  • $600K The Franklin-Simpson Stakes (G2) - 6 ½ furlongs for 3-year-olds

Sunday, September 12th

  • $550K The Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (listed) - 1 5/16 miles for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up

  • $500K The Untapable Stakes (BT) - 6 ½ furlongs for 2-year-old fillies

  • $500K The Nelson's Green Brier Whiskey Music City Stakes (BT) - 6 ½ furlongs for 3-year-old fillies

For 2021, Kentucky Downs is not designating any course records. This is due to a new GPS timing system being installed last year and a new rail system installed this year. These changes make track records irrelevant for previous race-time comparisons. The gate placement will also be changing. As a result, 2021 races will become the new baseline moving forward. 


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