From the KY Downs Media Team / Jennie Rees:

Reserved seats on sale for Kentucky Downs’ 2023 meet

  • Tickets available in pairs for first time since 2019
  • FanDuel VIP Chalet seating can be purchased most days
  • New! Sept. 10 Pool Party in & around SpringHill Suites Pool and Summerly Event Lawn overlooking course
Purchase reserved seats here

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Thursday, July 6, 2023) — Reserved seating is now on sale for Kentucky Downs’ unique race meet, the most lucrative in America.

Tickets can be purchased at The FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10 and 13. Reserved seating is available in the popular open-air Finish Line Pavilion near the paddock and every day except Sept. 3 and 9 in the air-conditioned FanDuel VIP Chalet, with ticket prices for both venues including buffet and open bar throughout the race card.

Reserved seats for both venues are sold in sets of two, four, six and a full table of eight for the first time since 2019. Individual tickets may be available for purchase on race day, depending on inventory, at or at the track.

New this year: Kentucky Downs will offer a “Pool Party” ticket on Sunday Sept. 10. Ticketholders have access to the SpringHill Suites Franklin Mint pool and Summerly Event Lawn, music poolside between races and a 30 X 90 tent overlooking the race course. Tickets are $50 per person, with concessions available for purchase at food trucks and a cash bar.

“Each year the demand for tickets grows,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ Vice President for Racing. “Our high-quality racing in a festive and pastoral atmosphere makes Kentucky Downs an annual stop for racing and sports enthusiasts and a bucket-list destination for many more. We encourage those wanting to experience the best turf racing in America up-close in a one-of-a-kind environment to purchase tickets early, especially on Sept. 9 when we’ll have six graded stakes worth $1 million each. In response to our guests’ request, we also are bringing back the option for the public to purchase tickets in the VIP Chalet on most days.”

Free general admission is available throughout the upper stretch and into the turn, where tailgating also is an option.

The racing office’s ticket team will notify horsemen about race-day hospitality.


The Finish Line Pavilion provides an upclose-view of the races.
Finish Line Pavilion. Grace Clark photos
The VIP Chalet offers guests air-conditioning inside and an excellent outside vantage point of the races.
The VIP Chalet (right) is near the Finish Line Pavilion, with guests in both venues able to go right up to the rail. Grace Clark photos
Friends from New Albany, Ind., in the Finish Line Pavilion on their annual trip to Kentucky Downs. Jennie Rees photo
Free tailgating is available heading into the far turn, with general admission extending throughout the upper stretch, providing an up-close view of the horses. Coady Photography