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From the Churchill Downs Media Team:


 Sunday is Opening Day of 21-Day Fall Meet; Gates Open 11:30 A.M., First Race 1 P.M.

 What: Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky shifts from Keeneland to Churchill Downs on Sunday as the home of the Kentucky Derby readies to open its 132nd Fall Meet with an 11-race program – all for promising 2-year-old Thoroughbreds – at 1 p.m. (all times Eastern). The 21-day meet covers a four-week stretch every Wednesday-Sunday through Nov. 28.

Sunday’s opener coincides with Halloween and Churchill Downs will present Trick-or-Treat at the Track at Family Adventure Day presented by Kroger.

Kids 12 and under are encouraged to wear costumes and trick-or-treat at more than 15 “Trick-or-Treat Boo Stations” throughout the first floor of the racetrack on Halloween as Churchill Downs and community partners hand out candy between 12-4 p.m. Additionally, families are invited to take home a free pumpkin for their Halloween jack-o-lantern from a pumpkin patch at Churchill Downs.

There will be more than 20 activities for children to enjoy including face painting (1-3:30 p.m.), the Honey Hill petting zoo, bubble station, video game truck, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, inflatables games, an obstacle course and games such as pumpkin bowling, cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4 pony rides and snookball.

Tickets: $10 for wristbands to participate for ages 3 and up and can be purchased online at www.churchilldowns.com. “Buy Four, Save $4” ticket packages also are available.

When: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. Gates open 11:30 a.m., Family Adventure Day events 12-4 p.m., racing 1-6:06 p.m.

Where: Media interested in covering Family Adventure Day may enter through the Executive Gate. Free first-come, first-serve parking is available to media and guests in the Red and White parking lots off Central Ave. and Kentucky Derby Dr.

Media Contacts:   Darren Rogers at (502) 636-4461 or (502) 345-1030 or[email protected]

Kevin Kerstein at (502) 635-4712 or (610) 420-6971 or[email protected]