Kentucky Downs hosted a Family Fun Day and College Day during the live horse races on Sept. 8.

"It is just a great opportunity for families to come out and make a day of it," said Clint Lincoln, marketing assistant at Kentucky Downs.

The fun day offered families a chance to get their faces painted, grab balloon art, get a spray on tattoo and pet several animals including a donkey, rabbits, alpacas, sheep and a tortoise.

"I know we are a gambling destination, but during the live racing season we have plenty of little activities on this day for kids," Lincoln said.

He said the horse owners and jockeys bring their families and participate in the events on Family Fun Day.

Lincoln said he even stops by the zoo to pet the animals and see what was brought.

During the ten live races at Kentucky Downs, the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association gave away 10 Samsung Chrome Books Plus laptops to a full-time college student. The winners were drawn from the raffle and announced after each race.

"It's to try and get young people out to the track," said Grace Clark, marketing intern at Kentucky Downs.

Clark said they were expecting between 100 and 200 college students from around the area to put their name into the drawing for the laptops.

"It is really a good opportunity to spend the day at the races with friends and just get to see an awesome experience," Clark said.

Three ambassadors from the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University stayed at the HBPA booth all day taking college students' information for the drawing.

Kentucky Downs sponsored two $1,500 scholarships that were given away after races number eight and nine. The two winners were Holly Maupin from Western Kentucky University and Hannah Laws from Middle Tennessee State University.

The last day of live racing this year will be Thursday, Sept. 12 starting at 12:15 p.m. with 10 races schedule for that day.

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