Racing returns to Churchill Downs on Thursday for the resumption of the September Meet.
Post time for each of the final nine days of the September Meet will be 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern). Racing will take place Thursday through Sunday and Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 27.
As it was during the Spring Meet (May 16-June 28) and Kentucky Derby Week (Sept. 1-5), racing at Churchill Downs will be run without fans and will be limited to essential personnel and participants because of COVID-19. Individual ticket holders who purchased tickets for September race dates through Churchill Downs or Ticketmaster.com will have their tickets refunded and will receive a credit applied to their original method of payment within the next 30-45 days.
Here’s the day-by-day schedule with national TV coverage and daily prize money offered
- Thursday, Sept. 17: 9 races (12:45-4:53 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.), $418,000
- Friday, Sept. 18: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.), $458,000
- Saturday, Sept. 19: 11 races (12:45-5:57 p.m.), TV: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-6 p.m.), $494,000
- Sunday, Sept. 20: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-5:30 p.m.), $441,000
- Wednesday, Sept. 23: 9 races (12:45-4:53 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.), $442,000
- Thursday, Sept. 24: 9 races (12:45-4:53 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.), $421,000
- Friday, Sept. 25: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.), $523,000
- Saturday, Sept. 26: 11 races (12:45-5:57 p.m.), TV: FS1 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS2 (1:30-8:30 p.m.), $609,000
- Sunday, Sept. 27: 10 races (12:45-5:26 p.m.), TV: FS2 (12:30-6 p.m.), FS1 (6-7 p.m.), FS2 (7-8 p.m.), $458,000
A total of $4,264,000 in prize money is offered in the 89-race condition book over the nine days for a daily average of $473,778. Maiden special weight races have a $75,000 purse while allowance races range from $77,000 to $81,000.
The lone remaining stakes race in September is the $100,000 Grade 3 Ack Ack, for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on Saturday, Sept. 26 – a race often used as a prep for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.