Kentucky Downs will host (5) five, action packed, live horse racing days:
September 1st, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 13th.
They are planning a ton of activities for the whole family. The (2) two Saturday’s and Sunday September 9th are Family Fun Days. Some of the planned activities will include face painting, horse rides, and a petting zoo. This is a super cool idea! I know that our families will be taking advantage of this area on Saturday September 8th. We hope to meet some of you there.
If you are a little too old for the petting zoo they are also having an awesome tailgating area. Bring your own tents, coolers, and grills - Bring the ball game experience to the horse track!
We will be there having a great time on opening day. Come join us!
On Thursday September 6th, Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith will be at the track signing autograph’s to support a very inspirational organization - Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms. These are great people here and after our tour this past Sunday; we are fans for life. If you have a chance to visit Old Friends of Kentucky Downs I would certainly encourage you to take a tour.
Our tour guide was Amazing! The horses were Amazing. The facility was Amazing!
You can’t keep us away from donating some money to Old Friends and getting a sweet signed picture of Mike Smith in return. You should too.
If you are a college student you will want to be in attendance on Sunday September 9th. They are giving away multiple $1500 scholarships and (10) ten Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. Wow!
In addition, they are giving away an unspecified number of prize packs which should increase your chances of winning significantly. Registration starts at 1pm so be on time. It could be your lucky day. Winners will be drawn after every race. Good Luck!
In summary, Kentucky Downs Live Racing is such a unique event to attend. There will be $10M awarded in purse money during the five days of racing. This is among the highest daily payouts in the world. Come be a part of the action. Watch horse racing, tailgate, win money, bring the kids, etc. There is actually no real reason not to come. We can’t wait.
As always…see you at the races!
Here are a some quick links for the info provided:
Kentucky Downs Racing
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms
Call2Post, LLC was born out of our family’s love of horse racing and has given us a reason to communicate with each other on a daily basis.
We started by joining a co-ownership group and purchasing a share of our first horse. He is nicknamed “WOO”. We purchased WOO on a Thursday evening knowing that he was going to be racing in two day. We all got together as a family and drove to our local racetrack, Kentucky Downs, to watch WOO run alongside many other people that shared our passion for horse racing. We were all very nervous and excited because we had always wagered on horses but we had never actually owned a horse that was running in a legit race! We arrived at Kentucky Downs, grabbed a table, and started watching the big screen TV’s all over the enormous room. Everyone was very nice and accommodating with servers coming around and taking our drink orders, chatting with us, etc. Once we settled in it was time to get serious about the day ahead. My other family members jumped right in and started finding races they liked in the daily racing forms and placing wagers. I, however, was only interested in one race that day and until that race was over I was not going to be able to focus on anything else. I knew I was all in on WOO winning that day (even though he was the fourth favorite) so I walked over to the betting machine, put my money in, and placed my first wager of the morning. I marched back to the table where we were sitting and slapped that ticket down in the center and said to my family, “Here is our first winning race horse, let’s do this!” I sat very impatiently after that while I watched many races finish but I was laser focused on our race at Laurel Park and that was the only thing on my mind. After a couple hours it was time...nerves set in again but was quickly removed by all the excitement and adrenaline rushing through my body. Boom! The bell rings and the gates open and they are off. WOO gets a good start and sits a few lengths off the leader for most of the race. I am feeling really good about how he looks while making his way around the track. Then as they are coming around the final turn I see that he is moving up even with the leader! What is happening right now?! WOO is leading! Exiting the final turn I see that he has now dispatched the horse that he has been neck and neck with in his last couple races and he is just a couple furlongs away from the finish line. He stretches his lead out a little but as he closes in on the victory he starts to weaken. Come On WOO! We are all standing up screaming at the TV’s not caring about what everyone else around us is thinking. Here comes the favorite making his move, inching up ever closer over the last 1/16th. It is going to be close. Here comes the finish line!!! Both horses cross the line together, we all turn and look at each other...WOO WINS! We are jumping up and down, slapping high-fives, and being super disruptive but most of the people around us know something special just happened. It was great to have so many people come up to us an shake our hands and pat us on the back in congratulations that it just made the day amazing. Even the ladies at the ticket window when I went and cashed my ticket talked to me about it and enjoyed the moment with me.
We are so glad we chose to drive to Kentucky Downs that day because now we have a family memory that we will never forget.
PS. We have 10 race horses now.
Note: The photo above is the actual finish line photo of WOO.