FRANKLIN, Ky. (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) — Kentucky Downs’ online ticket office is open for buying reserved seating at America’s most unique race meet, Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12. Tickets can be purchased at (http://kentuckydowns.com/racing/live-racing/buy-tickets).
The Fastest Five Days in Racing feature exclusively grass racing over Kentucky Downs’ European-style course, the largest field sizes and lowest overall betting takeout in the country, as well as offering the highest average daily purses in North America and Europe at more than $2 million a day.
Ticketed areas include all-you-can-eat buffet, abundance of HD monitors, betting tellers and cash bar dedicated to that venue, each of which provide spectacular views of the expansive kidney-shaped course. The Finish Line Pavilion and the Turf Club Tent are open-air facilities located under cover near the course, while the Director’s Room is on the second floor of the main building with windows overlooking the track.
Ticket prices remain the same as when the track introduced premium seating in 2015.
The Finish Line Pavilion ($35 per person) was expanded last year to accommodate 300 guests who can watch the finish of the races either from the pavilion or stepping just outside to be near the rail. The close proximity to the paddock makes the venue especially popular with horsemen.
The Turf Club Tent ($50 per person), positioned just outside Kentucky Downs’ main building near the top of the stretch, provides more amenities than the Finish Line Pavilion and a more-upscale buffet.
For those preferring to be indoors, the air-conditioned Director’s Room ($50 person) also offers an upscale buffet and table decor, with a 150-person capacity.
“Demand for reserved seating at our race meet has never been higher,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager. “We regularly hear from racing enthusiasts across the country that they want to experience Kentucky Downs first-hand, and once they do then they can’t wait to come back. For our guests’ convenience, this is the earliest we have opened our online ticket office, and we do encourage those wanting reserved seating to make plans early to avoid getting shut out.”
As always, general admission and general parking are free at Kentucky Downs, which offers a tailgate area at the top of the stretch and a grassy expanse between the main building and Finish Line Pavilion for those who prefer bringing lawn chairs or blankets.
Tickets also remain on sale for the Director’s Room for Kentucky Derby Day, May 4, at $50 per person, including buffet and with dedicated betting tellers and cash bar. The Director’s Room is the only reserved seating option for the Derby Day simulcast and festivities, with tables in the second-floor simulcast area and first-floor lounge areas available on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission is free. Director’s Room tickets can be bought at (https://www.tickettailor.com/events/kentuckydowns/244184).