Kentucky Downs offers a new option this year in collaboration with its horsemen and the Keeneland Association in a pair of $250,000 allowance races restricted to horses who went through the ring at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
The 6 1/2-furlong allowance races–one for fillies and one for colts and geldings–will be staged Sept. 8 with no conditions other than the 2-year-old must have been offered for sale at Keeneland last September. Yearlings that sold as well as those not reaching their reserve bid are eligible.
Funding for the races comes out of the Kentucky Downs purse account under an agreement with the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association.
Kentucky Downs also will stage four 2-year-old stakes. The Aristocrat Gaming Juvenile Fillies and the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile Sept. 3, Global Tote Juvenile Sept. 8 and Ainsworth Untapable for 2-year-old fillies Sept. 11 offer purses of $500,000, of which $250,000 is available only to registered Kentucky-breds through the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.