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Kentucky
Feb. 18, 2011, 09:03 PM
I live in western Kentucky, about 30 minutes from Bluegrass Downs (I am not sure if they run any races there or not), but I was wondering what would be a good track to go to just to watch a good race, I don't know the difference of a chaiming race from a stakes race? Thank you

keepthelegend
Feb. 18, 2011, 09:13 PM
I think Ellis Park is by you - Henderson, KY. Also Kentucky Downs (near Bowling Green) runs a 3 day meet that is fun - run over a big field and there are a few stakes. If you are close to Louisville then Churchill Downs.

keepthelegend
Feb. 18, 2011, 09:15 PM
Ellis doesn't open until the summer though and KY Downs is usually September

Kentucky
Feb. 18, 2011, 09:23 PM
Thanks keepingthelegend, for some reason with the roads Louisville, Bowling Green and Lexington are all about 2 and ahalf to 3 hours away. and Henderson is only about 90 minutes or so away.

wildernessD
Feb. 20, 2011, 11:12 PM
Bluegrass Downs doesn't have their own website, this is a close as you may come to a Bluegrass Downs website (http://www.kyharnessracing.com/bgd.html)
It's best to call for their simulcast schedule.

2-3 years back, both small Kentucky harness tracks (the other is Thunder Ridge Raceway (http://www.thunderridgeharness.com/)) cut back on their dates.

They only race in warm weather and only for a few weeks each.
You might be able to get their 2011 race schedule off the Kentucky Racing Comm website.

AFAIK, both tracks offer full-card simulcasting year-around, although they may not be open seven-days.

All of Kentucky Horse racing is hoping for those race-replay-VLT machines to be allowed. They won't offer the same revenue or success that a few others states get from regular VLT's, however any subsidation for Kentucky Tracks is better than what exists.