This year Kentucky Downs, whose meet opens Sept. 5, is offering several new premium-seating options:
---The Tailgate Party Lot (Saturdays Only): Tailgating with a view of the track and wagering tents nearby. Picnics and grills are welcome. Box lunches are available for $10. Spaces are $50 per vehicle with four complimentary programs included.
---The Turf Club: Guests enjoy a private, air-conditioned tent, a buffet lunch, betting windows, and a complimentary program. $60 per person.
--The Finish Line Tent: Located close the action right at the finish line, the tent features a buffet, cash bar, wagering windows and a complimentary program. $40 per person.
Tickets for the new options are limited. Reservations for all premium seating can be made in advance by calling (270) 585-7094 or by visiting the Kentucky Downs website <a href="http://www.kentuckydowns.com/live-racing/" id="link" target="_blank"><font color="ff0000">here</font></a>.
“There will be some exciting new seating options this season,” said Kentucky Downs Live Racing Manager C.J. Johnsen. “We have tried to offer seating options that will appeal to all types of fans from a climate-controlled turf club to a tailgate section. We have added big video screens, restrooms, wagering windows and hundreds more seats.”
While the highlight event of the meet will be the $600,000 Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup, which will be contested on Saturday Sept. 12, this season’s live meet will offer numerous other special events. Including:
Sept. 5: The Festival of the Horse, a day of live equine demonstrations capped by an exciting Steeplechase Race (non-parimutuel).
Sept. 12: The Turf Handicapping Challenge with one Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seat, two National Handicapping Championship seats, and cash prizes up for grabs ($150 per entry).
Sept. 12: College Day and Family Fun Day, offering post-race laptop giveaways for college students as well as a petting zoo, face painting and other activities for kids.
Sept. 16: Old Friends Day, supporting the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY. The day will be highlighted by the inaugural running of the $150,000 Old Friends Stakes.
Sept. 19: Ladies Day will feature a ladies’ fashionable race-day Hat contest (small donation to enter) with proceeds going to Horses & Hope.
The meet will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 19 with an exceptional closing-day card. Races include the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks, the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf and the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon.
--Edited Kentucky Downs release