Owners of The Red Mile, the Hambletonian Society and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have announced the creation of a $3 million race day. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, and will include the Commonwealth’s first-ever $1 million race for Standardbreds in The Red Mile Million.
"The Red Mile Million is intended to attract the world’s best 2-year-old trotters to Lexington to compete at the historic Red Mile and highlight the Kentucky Sires Stakes Championship Day as part of the Grand Circuit meet in 2019," said Joe Costa, the track's President. "More than that, it is intended to attract fans and guests to our exciting new entertainment destination."
John Campbell of the Hambletonian Society explained the Red Mile Million format. "This is a new idea for our sport," said Campbell. "With 10 slots to be acquired for $100,000 each, the race for 2-year-old trotters will be a signature event for the Grand Circuit going forward. There is already tremendous interest from our racing community."
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission executive director Marc Guilfoil noted that the Sept. 29 card at The Red Mile with the Red Mile Million and eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes championship races will be the second richest race day in the Commonwealth, trailing only Kentucky Derby Day.
"Beginning next year, our state will play host to an amazing day of racing and unprecedented purse structure for Standardbred racing," said Guilfoil. "The Red Mile Million will become a can’t-miss event."
With the Red Mile Million, the Grand Circuit and the revitalized Kentucky Sires Stakes program, over $11 Million in harness racing purses will be competed for at The Red Mile over a seven-week period from August 2019 to October 2019.
"We are working closely not only with our racing industry, but also local and state tourism officials to make this a memorable weekend for our region," added Costa. "Stay tuned as we plan more announcements in the coming weeks." (Red Mile, Hambletonian Society, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission)