Throughout the year, there are so many important boutique meets, Oaklawn Park, Keeneland Spring, Saratoga, and Del Mar, just to name a few. But none are as interesting and unique as Kentucky Downs. This Franklin, Kentucky track hosts only a few days of racing a year, but brings out some of the best turf horses the southern US has to offer. Kentucky Downs in a unique track by US standards, having no dirt course and not being oval in shape. The mile and three-eights tracks has left and right handed turns, undulations, and requires a different running style, one similar to those used in Europe. For the 5 days it runs live racing, over $7.5 million in purses will be offered. 12 stakes races will be held, including the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup on September 12th.
The meet starts this Saturday, September 5th, with three stakes races carded for the day, the Kentucky Downs Juvenile, Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies, and the More Than Ready mile. The Kentucky Downs Juvenile, sponsored as the Calumet Farms Juvenile, draws a field of 10. Saratoga Special 4th place finisher John Q. Public draws the rail while favorite One Legend draws the outside. Woodbine shipper Axtell for Mark Casse as well as former Newcastle runner Good Intent add to the field. Jockey Kieren Fallon takes a few mounts on the card, still searching for his second US win after moving across the pond this Spring. The Juvenile Fillies draws a full field of 16, with 12 making it into the starting gate. Bolton Landing Stakes winner Simple Surprise is the 3/1 favorite. Schuylerville 4th place finisher and Astoria winner Moment Is Right is right to her outside. As for the More than Read Mile, this field has the look of a Grade II, if not a Grade I. Undrafted, Departing, Regally Ready, Skyring, and Tourist all come into this race, each hoping to get into the Breeders Cup Mile field on Halloween. Tourist hasn’t raced since his 13th place finish in last years Breeders Cup Mile while Skyring has been going around the US searching for a win. Undrafted returns to the States after a win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. Departing tries to repeat his Firecracker Stakes success and get another win in Kentucky while Regally Ready wants to show that he is more than just a sprinter, shipping in from Indiana Grand.
For the bettors, Kentucky Downs has the best value in the country. You can bet the favorite in every race and make a very nice profit. Kentucky Downs offers enough value that you can’t go wrong with betting this track.
Enjoy the races at Kentucky Downs and look for my full card selections for Opening Day at Kentucky Downs sometime tomorrow.