Harness Racing

Racing Profile: The Red Mile

The Red Mile Horses Coming Back

Visit the Red Mile, and you won’t find an enormous grandstand or a two surface track. You won’t find TVG pundits, or football stars on their largest racing days. However, what you will find is a unique experience; one that only The Red Mile can provide you for the Lexington area.

When you first pull up, you see the newly renovated exterior. Thanks to the slots, the track received a well-earned face lift and the historical horse racing slots are something to consider should the races be rained out. When you go upstairs, you’re met by a clean and open grandstand that spans the length of the home stretch; now that the hot weather has cooled, racing late into the night can be quite a fun experience.

Once late September and October rolls around, the Grand Circuit will be returning to the oldest racetrack in Kentucky. Champion Standardbreds will take to the track and strut their stuff in what promises to be an amazing family weekend or night; you can go for one day or for the entire weekend.

If you want to make a trip out to see world-class racers, the dates are as follows:

  • September 28-30 with post time starting at 7pm and no racing on Friday
  • October 1-8 with post time also starting at 7; racing days are Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

Walk the grounds before the races and get some pictures in of the track that holds the distinction of having the fastest mile in harness racing history being set there! Here’s a quote from the part owner about the experience:

To hear the crowd when they announced 1:19.2, the crowd behind him cheering- that they wanted to see something like that- you can’t bottle that, you can’t repeat it, you can’t duplicate it, and you can’t tell someone what it is, you have to be there. It’s just phenomenal. There’s no better place in racing to win a big race than Red Mile. -Bob Roni

The horse that is being referred to is Always B Miki, who stopped the clock in a lightning fast 1:46.0. I’ve provided a video of that spectacular performance!

You can have a chance at seeing something spectacular like this again! It’s a once in a lifetime event: like Rachel Alexandra’s Preakness, Zenyatta’s Breeder’s Cup Classic, and Secretariat’s Belmont. You have to be there to experience it! There is nothing like feeling that rush of adrenaline as they go by the first time, and as they thunder by for the final time.

If you want more information, I’ve also provided a link to the website. Just click here.

So, I hope you turn out in force, racing fans. I hope I see the Thoroughbred fans/photographers/bloggers out there too! Let’s support every form of horse racing and make sure that incredible events like these get the publicity and fan count on track that they need to keep hosting these races.

So, I hope to see you guys out there and be prepared for an incredible experience!