Keeneland Race Course Is A Sure Bet

It’s a few minutes past 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning in Lexington, Kentucky; it’s still pretty much dark out, and the temperature is a few ticks north of 40 degrees.

But it’s opening weekend at Keeneland Race Course, and the ground floor of the grandstand is bustling. The horses have been on the track for hours for morning workouts, and Keeneland invites patrons in to watch, offering breakfast for $7, activities for children, and tours of the grounds. The hundreds in attendance are undeterred by the fact that the sun hasn’t yet come up and that we’re going to need gloves if we’re going to spend more than a few minutes outside.

Keeneland hosted its first horse race in 1936 and nearly 70 years later, it sets an industry standard for Thoroughbred racing. In an era in which nearly every critic of the sport points to “too much racing,” Keeneland is open for racing for less than two months a year; its current fall meet runs just 17 racing days between October 5 and 27, offering 15 graded stakes race and for many horses, the final prep before the Breeders’ Cup next month. For the month of October, the nation’s finest racing happens at Keeneland.


One thought on “Keeneland Race Course Is A Sure Bet

  1. Thank you for sharing this story Teresa. There is no,organization in all of professional sports or in business I respect and admire more than Keeneland. What a fine example for others to follow. Your story took me back to the few times I have been there. It’s the most beautiful place on earth. The sights,sounds and smells can be replicated nowhere else. I will always remember getting to see Funny Cide race there a few years ago. I was more excited to see him than any human celebrity or athlete I could think of.
    Have a great weekend. May all your furlongs be winning ones

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