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KYSS finals center of new Fayette County Fair

August 21, 2018

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The big Kentucky Sires Stakes championship program, set for Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Red Mile, will be the centerpiece of the Fayette County Fair, with a special post time of 3 p.m. for the races.

"This will be one of the biggest fall parties in the Bluegrass," said Brian Miller, president and CEO of the Lexington Sports Commission, which supports and attracts new sports events for Kentucky, at a press conference held Tuesday at the Red Mile. "And it goes back to harness racing's roots."

In addition to the live harness racing program of the eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes divisional championships, the fair will include food trucks with southern-style menus, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings with master distillers, an arts and crafts market with more than 75 vendors, a kids area, and live music, with rising star Walker Montgomery among the performers. Also, the racing program will be kicked off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience.

Ken Jackson, a partner in Kentuckiana Farms, is a member of the Bluegrass Sports Commission and was instrumental in the creation of the new Fayette County Fair in conjunction with the Sires Stakes championship program.

"Since 2014, the Kentucky program has really taken off," said Jackson. "In 2014 there were just 177 registered Standardbreds in Kentucky and in 2018 there are 976. With the fair, we'll be able to have a great showcase for harness racing."

The first Kentucky Sires Stakes legs of the 2018 series began last week and horses will accumulate points to advance to the finals. The 2018 Kentucky Sires Stakes program is estimated to pay $4.5 million in purses.

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