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The Red Mile, Lexington

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The Red Mile is a horse racing track located in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. The track hosts harness racing, a type of horse racing in which the horses must pull two-wheeled carts called sulkies while racing. It is one of harness racing's most famous tracks and is located in the heart of the Bluegrass region, an area of Kentucky famous for horse breeding and racing.In 2014, The Red Mile announced it was partnering with Keeneland to build a $30 million historical racing facility, with 1,000 terminals, scheduled to open September 2015. In May 2015, Keeneland also announced that it would move most of its Off-track betting operations to The Red Mile beginning July 15, 2015, investing over $2 million upgrading The Red Mile's grandstand area.FacilitiesThe race track itself is one mile long and made of red clay. From this, it is obvious to see how the name originated.In addition to the track, The Red Mile features a two-story clubhouse, a round barn, and a park. The clubhouse is often used for weddings, parties, and other gatherings. The Tattersalls area can accommodate large groups and is often used for horse sales.HistoryThe track was founded on September 28, 1875 and was sponsored by the Kentucky Trotting Horse Breeders Association. Attendance to the opening races was minimal because the track had not been advertised. Once newspapers published articles about the new track, attendance picked up. The track is the second-oldest harness racing track in the world and the oldest horse racing track in Lexington.
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  • They deleted my comment on Instagram once called out .Breeders cups and other historical racing machines being rigged , watch the bonus round on all of them the selections will Be $16,$12,$8 and $4 th...  more »
  • They've definitely made some updates to this place. Good place to "gamble". The "slots" are based on past horse races. You can see how the algorithm works on them. Cool place to spend some $ and drink...  more »
  • Awesome updates including a casino. Wait staff was excellent, not all menu items were available but what we had was good. Great place to spend the day. Felt so safe we left our purses on the tables wh...  more »
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  • Had my first visit finally. So excited and nervous. The girls at the front counter we're very fun, friendly and helpful. This joint was clean and set up nice. I enjoyed myself and played for a long time and that was just on my free vouchers they gave me. Can't wait to go back. I'm a Mom and I hardly ever have me time so it was perfect to have lunch with a friend and hit Red Mile.
  • It's totally different from other casinos. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The games and payout are different from what I'm used too. But I like going with my friends we make a night of it
  • I really enjoyed being at the Red mile ,I like all the stuff I get in the mail and on my phone love the extra gifts, wish they would raise the amounts a little more would be great
  • Not actual Slot Machines. But they look and act as such with 1 cent, 5 cent, 25 cent, 50 cent, $1, $5 machines. I spent $100.00 on about 30 minutes and won maybe $10.00. The machines are based on past horse races and the odds are much worse on regular slot machines IMO. Decent food and new center make it fun but if you could win more it would be a gem.
  • Iconic harness horse track...a must visit during the Fall Grand Circuit meet!

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Where to stay in Lexington

Downtown Lexington offers accommodations ranging from budget to luxury, but for easier access to the area's famous horse parks and farms, consider staying just north of the city proper. Many rustic bed and breakfasts on the edge of town offer guests a chance to stay at a farmhouse or log cabin. These properties provide not only every comfort of home, but also much more privacy than a downtown hotelĀ could offer. To avoid driving to Lexington's major urban attractions, consider a hotel near the city's convention center.
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