The best of harness racing in the Bluegrass State will be on display Sunday night, Sept. 1, at The Red Mile as the historic Lexington racetrack hosts the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes Super Night. The program annually attracts one of the largest crowds of the year to the famed clay oval and attendees this year will be joined by Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane.
"The history and heritage of The Red Mile is unique to Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. "Since opening in 1875, it continues to be the oldest pari-mutuel harness track in North America.The First Lady and I are pleased to be a part of that tradition when we present the trophy for the Kentucky Sires Stakes on Sept. 1.”
Eight $250,000 Sires Stakes finals for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be contested on the program. Admission will be free, with the first-race post time at 7 p.m.
"The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is delighted Governor and First Lady Beshear will be presenting the trophy for the Kentucky Sire Stakes—one the richest finals in North America,” said Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund director Jamie Eads."The Governor and First Lady continue to support the equine industry in Kentucky and it is an honor to have their participation in the finals.” (Kentucky Sires Stakes)