Tue September 3, 2013
After 123 Years, September Racing Resumes at Churchill Downs
For the first time in more than a century, there will be live racing during the month of September at Churchill Downs.
"The fall meet used to be staged during September on nine occasions between 1875 and 1890, so this is obviously an unusual occurrence, the first time that we’ve had three meets in the calendar year," said track spokesman Darren Rogers.
The home of the Kentucky Derby will have 12 racing dates this month, including two night racing cards.
Churchill Downs won state approval this year for the additional dates.
Rogers says there will be several big stakes races during the meet, including the $175,000 Homecoming Classic, a new event for older horses.
For fans worried about missing the annual U of L-UK football game on September 14, Rogers says there will be a viewing party on the plaza adjacent to the Churchill Downs paddock.
The September meet begins Friday.