Keeneland's Fall Meet 2014 Is Not To Be Missed!
It’s post time as horse racing is happening at Keeneland this month. The fall track meet runs from October 3-25 and includes several prep races for the Breeder’s Cup. Gates open at 11a.m. with general admission just $5. Racing starts on a Friday and runs through the week with no racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. This year the Breeder’s Cup will be in Santa Anita Park in California, but next year it will be held right here in Lexington at Keeneland.
The Keeneland Racecourse sits on 147 acres of farmland in Lexington less than 15 minutes from downtown. Established in 1935, the Thoroughbred racetrack retains much of its charm from yesteryear, with the stone building exteriors unchanged in decades. Race fans are often fashionably dressed and it’s not uncommon to see people wearing bow ties, straw hats, or chic scarves. Even college students get in the spirit, often coordinating colors for their whole group.
There are several special events during the meet. Here are just some of them:
Wednesday, October 15 is Wear Red Day at the track, with race fans wearing red to help raise awareness about heart disease. The first 3000 guests will receive heart pins from the American Heart Association.
Sunday, October 19 is Heroes Day where all military and first responders receive free general admission to the track.
See Blue Day is Friday, October 24 in celebration of the University of Kentucky’s homecoming weekend. All UK students, alumni, and faculty receive free general admission.
Tailgating is an option every Friday and Saturday. Fans can wager from the hill near the Keene Barn and even watch the races from a jumbo screen.
Enjoy all that Lexington has to offer this fall!
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