Horseracing

Red Mile Raceway

Red Mile Raceway is one of the oldest and most respected harness racing tracks in the United States. It is located in Lexington, Kentucky. horseracing has been an important part of Lexington since the city's earliest days andremains one of the city's most beloved traditions.

Red Mile Raceway takes its name from the clay soil of its track. It has a Spring Meet that usually starts from late April to June; a brief Fall Meet that is typically held in September; and a Grand Circuit Meet that is normally held in September and October.

Red Mile Raceway's signature event is the Kentucky Futurity, a stakes race for three-year old trotters. It has been held annually at the track since 1893. It is the third jewel in US harness racing's trotting Triple Crown. The two other big races are the Hambletonian (held at Meadowlands) and the Yonkers Trot (held at Yonkers Raceway).

Due to Red Mile Raceway's prominent stature in harness racing, it also regularly hosts important stakes events each year. Among these are:

  • The Nadia Lobell
  • The John Simpson Stakes
  • All Divisions of The Kentucky Sires Stakes
  • Kentucky Sired Summer Championships
  • Lexington Breeders Classics
  • Bluegrass Stakes
  • International Stallion
  • The Tattersalls Pace

Red Mile Raceway Facts

  • Track Opened: September 28, 1875
  • Speed Rating: 1:58
  • Length of Homestretch: 850 feet
  • Width of Homestretch: 115 feet
  • Starters Behind the Gate: 9
  • Hubrail: No
  • "Open" Stretch: No
  • Grandstand Capacity: 6,000
  • Clubhouse Capacity: 500
  • Parking Capacity: 3,000
  • Record Handle: $1,347,472 (on September 27, 2002)
  • Attendance: 24,082 (on May 30, 1988)

History of Red Mile Raceway

1875 - The track opened on September 28

1893 - The Kentucky Futurity, Red Mile Raceway's signature event, was first held. The winner of this auspicious race was Oro Wilkes.

1927 - The Hambletonian was held at Red Mile Raceway since it was rained-out at the designated track in Syracuse, New York.

1929 - Another rain-out at Syracuse forced the Hambletonian to once again be held at Red Mile Raceway.

1977 - On September 22, Governor Skipper, driven by John Chapman, set the world record for pacing on a half-mile track (1:56.1) en route to winning the Little Brown Jug in straight heats at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio.

2000 - The Tattersalls and Red Mile facilities in Lexington, Kentucky were sold to five standard bred breeders dedicated to the revitalization of the racetrack and sales pavilion. A major renovation, nicknamed "Red Mile Renaissance" began and will be ongoing for the next few years.


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