From the KY Downs Media Team / Jennie Rees:

We run Aug. 31 and Sept. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10 and 13
Kentucky Downs horsemen’s advisory:

Stakes nominations (free!) close Aug. 21 and 23

Horsemen: A reminder that nominations for Kentucky Downs’ first six stakes (Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 and 3) close this Monday, Aug. 21. Also closing is the recently added $500,000 (includes $200,000 KTDF) National Thoroughbred League Handicap. You must nominate in order to be weighted but there are no entry or starting fees. Because the NTL Handicap is not a stakes, horses are allowed to run on Lasix.

The deadline for nominating to the remaining 11 stakes is Wednesday Aug. 23.

Kentucky Downs’ nine graded and two other 3-year-old stakes all carry a purse of at least $1 million for Kentucky-breds. The minimum base purse for which all horses run in those races is $600,000.

Our four 2-year-old stakes are worth $500,000 for Kentucky-breds, with a base purse of $250,000 for all horses.

Our two restricted stakes (the Tapit for 3yo & up One Dreamer for fillies and mares) for horses that have not won sweepstakes in 2023 also are worth $500,000 for Kentucky-breds and with a $250,000 base purse.

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Tyler Picklesimer, Kentucky Downs racing secretary

Tiffany Bourque, Kentucky Downs assistant racing secretary

Racing office: 270-598-9821 extension 322

Racing office fax: 270-253-3301

2023 Kentucky Downs stakes schedule

All stakes are on turf and include Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund

Thursday Aug. 31 — $500,000 FanDuel TVG Tapit Stakes, 3 year olds & up who have not won a stakes in 2023, mile and 70 yards.

Saturday Sept. 2 — $1 million Big Ass Fans Music City (G3), 3-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs; $1 million Gun Runner, 3-year-olds, one mile; $2 million The Mint Millions (G3), 3 year olds & up, one mile.

Sunday Sept. 3 — $1 million National Thoroughbred League Dueling Grounds Derby (G3), 3-year-olds, 1 5/16 miles; $1 million Dueling Grounds Oaks, 3-year-old fillies, 1 5/16 miles: $500,000 National Thoroughbred League Handicap, 3-year-olds & up, one mile.

Thursday Sept. 7 — $500,000 Jeff Ruby’s One Dreamer, fillies and mares 3 years old & up who have not won a stakes in 2023, mile and 70 yards.

Saturday Sept. 9 — $1 million Ainsworth Turf Sprint (G2) *BC, 3-year-olds & up, six furlongs; $1 million FanDuel Turf Cup (G2) *BC, 3-year-olds & up, 1 1/2 miles; $1 million Exacta Systems Franklin-Simpson (G2), 3-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs; $1 million AGS Ladies Sprint (G2), fillies and mares 3 years old & up, 6 1/2 furlongs; $1 million Castle Hill Gaming Ladies Turf (G3), fillies and mares 3 years old & up, one mile; $1 million Aristocrat Ladies Marathon (G3), fillies and mares 3 years old & up, 1 5/16 miles.

Sunday, Sept. 10 — $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile, 2-year-olds, mile; $500,000 Global Tote Juvenile Fillies, 2-year-old fillies, mile.

Wednesday Sept. 13 — $500,000 Pepsi Juvenile Sprint, 2-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs; $500,000 Pepsi Untapable, 2-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs.

*BC: Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race – winner gets fees-paid berth in corresponding Breeders’ Cup race at Santa Anita