Kentucky Downs Diary: Fantastic Day at an Unforgettable Racetrack

Events / Travel
Fans, across the racetrack, line up along the rail by the finish line at Kentucky Downs, which boasts a terrific atmosphere. (Melissa Bauer-Herzog/America's Best Racing)

A track situated on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, I’d heard about Kentucky Downs for years but had never before made it to the track for its short September meet.

So on Saturday, I cleared my schedule and headed 2 ½ hours down the freeway to Franklin, Ky., to see what all the fuss was about. Let me start by saying, it was worth the drive!

When I first got to the track, I met up with a friend who had two horses running and we walked part of the turf course. That's where we'll start for the slideshow below, which will guide you through my first day at Kentucky Downs ...

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