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Harness racing at Lexington’s Red Mile

Why you should visit the Red Mile

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postedOctober 3, 2019

When a plane lands in Lexington, passengers can look out their windows and see horses grazing and galloping between white fencing for miles. It’s an unmistakable Kentucky landscape.

Lexington is home to several attractions that open the door to horse country. At the Red Mile, patrons can step into the world of horseracing—and have fun while they’re there.

“(Visitors) can play exciting games and hit it big on a jackpot, enjoy a meal from Frankie’s Bar & Grill, grab a cocktail at Center Bar, boogie down to their favorite live band or late-night D.J., enjoy live harness horse racing, and see a gorgeous sunset view along the trackside,” says Marketing Specialist Lindsey Adkins.

The Red Mile is the second-oldest harness race track in the world, and it offers more than 900 gaming terminals, daily promotions on the gaming floor, full-service private event space for large groups, and a new-member winning guarantee.

“(Patrons can) sign up for a Winners’ Circle Card and get up to $200 with our Winning Guarantee program. Their special rebate offer will be based on their play the day they sign up,” Adkins says.

The harness racing season is July through October, opening with the Kentucky Sire Stakes. The elite horses in Standardbred racing are displayed during the final two weeks of races, which include the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Tattersalls Pace, and the International Stallion Stakes. 

Along with races, music, jackpots, and year-round events, groups can also play games on the new climate-controlled Smoky Joe’s patio. The attraction has recently added more than 30 new themed games, including Pac Man Wild Edition and Triple Action Dragons.

For more information, email Adkins or go to

Top photo: Harness racing at Lexington’s Red Mile
Photo by Bullhorn


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