Turf Festival Highlights Kentucky Downs Meet

Thoroughbred racing returns to Kentucky Downs on Saturday,
Sept. 17 for a six-day racing season, which concludes on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The highlight of the season is the $450,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, featuring four stakes races, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The grade III, $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf on Sept. 24 is the showcase race of the season. The six-race Turf Festival card also includes the $50,000 Yaqthan Stakes, the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Dash and the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies
Turf. 2004 was a stellar year for the Turf Festival.

Kentucky Downs will run Sept. 17, 19 and 20 and resume for closing weekend, Sept. 24, 26 and 27. The two Saturday cards will be run in conjunction with the races from Turfway Park. Saturday post-times will be 12:10 p.m. (CDT).

On opening day, Sept. 17, Kentucky Downs will feature the $40,000 Pleasant Temper Stakes. The four-race Kentucky Downs card will be mixed with the simulcast of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions from Turfway Park. Fans will also be treated to the 2nd Annual Kentucky Downs Wiener Dog Challenge. The charity event will crown the region's fastest dachshund and all proceeds will go to the Simpson County Animal Shelter.

Kentucky Downs will run nine live races on Monday, Sept. 19 and Monday, Sept. 26. Eight live races will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Sept. 27. Post time on Monday and Tuesday is 1:45 p.m. CDT.

Located in Franklin, Ky. on the Kentucky/Tennessee border, Kentucky Downs was originally opened as Dueling Grounds Racecourse. The only "European style," all turf racing Thoroughbred facility in the United States, Kentucky Downs is now owned by Kelley Farms, Turfway Park and Churchill Downs.