Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs

Ron Mitchell

Three Stakes Kick Off Kentucky Downs Meet

Meet begins Sept. 11 with Kentucky Cup Turf Festival.

The four-day all-turf meet at Kentucky Downs will be highlighted by three stakes on the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival opening-day card.

The Sept. 11 card at the Franklin, Ky., track will include the $150,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (gr. IIIT), $50,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf, and the $50,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Dash.

Kentucky Downs will have live racing Sept. 11, Sept. 13, Sept. 18, and Sept. 20. In addition to the races, for which there is free admission and parking, the track will host special events, including wiener dog races,

On Sept. 10, Kentucky Downs will hold the second annual "Southern Nights Benefit Bash" to benefit six local charities. In addition to entertainment provided by Jeffrey Steele, Jason Scheff, LoCash Cowboys, Steve Cropper and Pearl Heart, the event includes silent and live auctions. Tickets (tax deductible) are $150 for VIP seating and $100 for regular seating.