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.
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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.

Kentucky Downs has emerged from novelty to an industry leader even with one of the shortest thoroughbred horse-racing meets in North America. But in those five days, which start the Saturday before Labor Day and feature only turf racing, Kentucky Downs will pay out more than $11.5 million in purses, its average daily purses the highest in North America and Europe at $2.3 million per card. The track's average field size of about 11 horses per race also tops America, which combined with the lowest overall betting "takeout" has made Kentucky Downs the top-rated track by the Horseplayers Association of North America. 


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