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    Saturday's 11-race card includes four graded stakes--the Pocahontas (G2), the Iroquois (G3), the Locust Grove Handicap (G3), and the Ack Ack Handicap (G3). Another first, the Pocahontas Stakes, for two-year-old fillies, and the Iroquois Stakes, for two-year-old colts and geldings, have been deemed Breeders' Cup Win & You're In races. As a Win & You’re In race, the winner of the Pocahontas will earn an automatic berth in this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) that will run at Santa Anita Park in California Nov. 1. The winner of the Iroquois will earn an automatic berth in this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) that will run the following day, Nov. 2. The Pocahontas and the Iroquois are also the first stops on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks and Road to the Kentucky Derby, respectively. The top four finishers in each of the two races will earn points toward an entry in May's Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby.  

    Every Sunday is Family Fun Day at Churchill Downs with special events geared towards kids. This Sunday fans can find Honey Hill Farms and its mobile petting zoo in the Paddock Plaza; Cookies & Canvas on the Plaza Balcony; and kids can decorate a megaphone or pennant flag in the Junior Jockey Club. Of course, Family Fun Day is not complete without a visit from Churchill Charlie, the track mascot, so keep an eye peeled for him in the area.

    If your weekend is too busy to include a trip to Churchill Downs for opening weekend of its inaugural Homecoming Meet, check the Churchill Downs calendar for details on the remaining days of the meet.

    Meet details:

    Days of Meet: Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 29 (No racing Monday - Thursday).

    Admission: $3 General Admission; $10 General Admission for Downs After Dark; Kids 12 and under free. Reserved seating information, click here.

    Post Time: Fridays: 1:45 p.m. (Gates open at 12:30 p.m.), Saturdays (except Sept. 7 & Sept. 28): 12:45 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.), and Sundays: 12:45 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) All times EDT.

    Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka: Sept. 7 & Sept. 28. First Post at 6 p.m. EDT (Gates open at 4 p.m. EDT). Themes: Sept. 7 – College Rivalry Night; Sept. 28 – Homecoming Dance: A Night to Remember.

    September Meet Stakes Schedule

    Sept. 7: $150,000 Pocahontas (GII) - 2-Year-Old Fillies at 1 1/16 Miles

    Sept. 7: $150,000 Iroquois (GIII) - 2-Year-Olds at 1 1/16 Miles

    Sept. 7: $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (GIII) - 3-Year-Olds & Up at 1 Mile

    Sept. 7: $100,000 Locust Grove - Fillies & Mares at 1 1/16 Miles

    Sept. 14: $100,000 Open Mind - Fillies & Mares at 6 Furlongs

    Sept. 21: $100,000 Dogwood (GIII) - 3-Year-Old Fillies at 7 Furlongs

    Sept. 28: $175,000 Homecoming Classic - 3-Year-Olds & Up at 1 1/8 Miles

    Sept. 28: $100,000 Jefferson Cup (GIII) - 3-Year-Olds at 1 Mile on Turf

    Photo: J.Oswald. Home page pgoto: Courtesy Churchill Downs/Dan Dry


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    I'm a lifetime Louisville resident with a passion for horse racing. When I'm not working as a paralegal or taking care of my family, I follow Thoroughbred racing and love to share the excitement and beauty of the sport with anyone willing to learn!

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