Kentucky Downs picks

Kentucky Downs Picks & Odds

Nestled on the Kentucky and Tennessee border you will find the beautiful Kentucky Downs Racetrack.

Located in the city of Franklin, Kentucky Downs is one of the most iconic and unique racecourses in America. It is solely a turf track, and unlike the huge majority of American tracks, it doesn’t consist of an oval shape but instead is more European in its layout with several rises and dips situated throughout its one mile and five furlongs distance.

As well as its unique layout, Kentucky Downs can boast that it is one of only two racetracks in America that has a right-hand turn with the other being located at Santa Anita Park.

Kentucky Downs was officially opened in 1990, but it was first known as the Dueling Grounds Race Course. 

The Dueling Grounds name was inspired by the grounds being historically used for pistol dueling throughout the early 1800s. However, when this became outlawed in the 1820s, the grounds quickly became popular for Steeplechasing. 

Steeplechasing was Kentucky Downs original focus,  and it wasn’t until 1992 that flat racing was introduced to the track.

In 1997 the racetrack fell on hard times but it was eventually saved and purchased by Turfway Park and with it, the name Kentucky Downs was born. 

Racing at Kentucky Downs is limited with only a handful of races taking place at the track each year. However, the course has become one of the biggest betting sites in the Kentucky and Tennessee area because it broadcasts live and virtual racing action from all over the States on an almost daily basis. 

Despite the track’s meetings being few and far between, the action that does take place is still at the highest level and see’s vast amounts of prize money on offer.

The track hosts two Grade 2 contests, the Kentucky Turf Cup and FanDuel Turf Sprint. It also hosts the Grade 3 WinStar Mint Million. Each race has a total prize pool worth up to $1 million. 

The future of the track looks exciting. 

With business booming off it, the current owners are desperate to land a race of Grade 1 potential. With even more money set to be generated it wouldn’t be a surprise if this move were to happen soon.

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