Churchill Downs will conduct a third card for the first time in its 139-year history with Friday's opening of the Homecoming Meet at the historic track.
The 12-day card, Churchill's first in September, will run on weekends through Sept. 29 and features eight stakes races. Four will be held during Saturday's "Downs After Dark" card, one of two evening events along with Sept. 28.
Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers says the additional meet is not a one-time deal, with the facility already seeking the same dates for next year.
Three of Saturday night's stakes races - the Grade 2 Pocahontas and Grade 3 Iroquois and Ack Ack Handicap - were moved from Churchill's fall card. Also scheduled is the $100,000-added Locust Grove stakes..
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