September Meet to begin at Churchill Downs on Thursday, Sept. 16

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Horse racing is underway at Churchill Downs now through the first weekend of October for the September Meet.

The 12-date meet will take place over the next three weeks on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

"We'll race (at Churchill Downs) for the next three weeks, then Kentucky racing will shift down to Keeneland then meet back at Churchill Downs for the month of November for the Fall Meet," spokesman Darren Rogers said.

Twilight Thursday races will start at 5 p.m. each Thursday, and Downs After Dark will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The first race for all other race days will be 12:45 p.m.

file image of horse race at Churchill Downs

"Knicks Go, who's the No. - rated horse in America right now, he'll be running in the Lukas Classic on closing weekend," Rogers said. 

Along with racing, there's also quite a bit of construction going on at Churchill Downs for several projects.

"The experience will be the same throughout, but you'll be able to notice," Rogers said. "We'll be under construction at the moment to get things ready for the 2022 Kentucky Derby."

One project is to invest $10 million into a new turf course. While work is being done on that, there will be no turf racing for the September or Fall meets. Instead, races will be held on the main dirt track. 

Churchill Downs also has plans for a Homestretch Club, which will renovate and update the grandstand area in the former sections 120-123 and 220-223. 

Ahead of the 2023 Derby, Churchill Downs plans to unveil more permanent, all-inclusive stadium seating at the “Turn 1 Experience” near the track’s first turn.

For additional information on ongoing projects, click here.

According to a release from Churchill Downs, Sunday, Sept. 26 will be Family Adventure Day featuring a day of racing and family activities including a petting zoo, inflatables and more.

For September Meet ticket information, click here.

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