Like the popular “Friday Happy Hours” celebrations conducted during the meet, “Holiday Happy Hours” on Thursday, July 3 is sponsored by Budweiser Select and Fischer’s and offers special $2 beer, $2 frozen drinks and $2 hot dogs and music in the paddock garden from 4-7 p.m. (all times EDT). The track will offer 11 live races on Thursday’s pre-holiday program and first race post time is scheduled for 2:45 p.m.
The 4th of July holiday weekend coincides with the final three days of racing in Churchill Downs’ 52-day Spring Meet. Major stakes races are scheduled on each of those days of racing and post time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:15 p.m.
Racing on Friday, July 4 is headed by the $200,000-added Firecracker Handicap, a Grade II race for 3-year-olds and up on the turf course, and the infield will be the scene that day of the “World’s Largest Free Picnic.” The celebration of music, food and fun is sponsored by Louisville’s WAKY 103.5 and features music by Louisville’s legendary Monarchs and others, a classic car show and inflatables for the kids.
Saturday’s racing program features the $150,000-added, Grade III Bashford Manor Stakes for 2-year-olds and Sunday’s closing day program is headed by the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) for fillies and mares on the turf.