‘Where Tradition Meets Fun’
Although Lexington is famous for Keeneland, it’s not the only racetrack to call our southwest neighborhood home.
In September of 1875, a tradition was born when Lexington celebrated Red Mile’s inaugural opening of the Great Fall Trots sponsored by the Kentucky Trotting Horse Breeders Association.
The race track is one mile long and its distinctive red clay gives the track its name. Red Mile is home of the Kentucky Futurity, one of the three jewels in Trotting’s Triple Crown.
As the second oldest harness track in the world, Red Mile keeps a strong focus on offering the largest entertainment facility for live harness races.
With the facility’s recent expansion and renovation project, Red Mile now simulcasts 364 days a year, hosts a wide variety of community events and concerts, and features over 900 gaming terminals.
Well known in architectural circles is the Round Barn Stable of Memories at Red Mile. Built adjacent to the track in 1882, the four story barn was designed as an exhibition hall then later used to house horses and tack for the races. After being restored as a museum, The Round Barn went on to become a unique, historic location for special events.
This article appears on page 58 of the 2020 annual print edition of Beaumont Guide.
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