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The Red Mile 2014 Standardbred Meet:
August 3- October 5


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A Harness Racing Tradition


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posted on 6/10/2013 3:05 pm

 

One of harness racing’s great traditions is the annual fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at Lexington, Kentucky’s historic Red Mile harness track. Unmatched in all the sport, the beauty of race horses floating across the clay surface, set against a background of local foliage on a warm autumn afternoon, makes the Red Mile experience unique.

Located in the heart of horse country, The Red Mile first opened its doors in 1875, just a few months after the inaugural Kentucky Derby was raced just 70 miles to the west. The track itself gleamed with a reddish hue, reflecting the tone of the rich local clay used in its construction. One mile in circumference with the natural footing its composition provides, the racing surface allows horses to perform at a level beyond their scope at other venues. It is chief among attractions to those trainers who covet the opportunity to race their prospects at The Red Mile.

The Red Mile has been the stage for many of the sport’s most hallowed performances. All of harness racing’s champions have passed through here on their course to greatness and proudly list the Lexington conquests among their most significant achievements.

Again this fall, the best of the best will make the trek to horse country to match their skills on the Lexington clay oval. The 121st Kentucky Futurity, final leg of the Trotting Triple Crown, is set for closing Sunday. The $500,000 Tattersalls Pace promises to be as great an affair as the 2012 edition where a dozen of the fastest pacers in the sport squared off in a thriller.

The freshman crop really begins to find their form just about the time the Fall Trots arrive. Each year, the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes help to identify the true prospects for the balance of the racing season. First crop sires look to Lexington to validate their progeny for the upcoming sales.

                                                                       

As vital as The Red Mile is to harness racing, considering both the irreplaceable history and current importance as both a racing and sales venue, it needs your help and patronage to survive. There is no alternative gaming to fund the purses or the cost of operations. The Red Mile is forbidden by law to accept wagers on thoroughbred races, an integral revenue producer for all racetracks.

While it is surely easier and perhaps more lucrative to stay and race at your home track, avoiding the expense of travel while likely racing for as much or more than a Red Mile Late Closer, preserving the future of an important cog in our industry is worth some sacrifice. Please accept our invitation to join this celebration of harness racing’s finest with a Lexington trip to race and attend the yearling sales this fall.

This year’s Championship Meet begins on Thursday, September 26 with an evening post time of 7:00. Night racing continues through Saturday, September 28 and is followed by a matinee (1:00pm) card on Sunday, September 29. Week two features all afternoon racing with a post time of 1:00pm on Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6. A full slate of Late Closers will be offered soon with a close of nominations by September 15.

The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, where champions are sold, begins on Tuesday, October 1 and continues at 7pm each evening through Saturday.

Visit The Red Mile website for information on this season’s calendar and events or call (859) 255-0752.



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