Keeneland's fall meet will get off and running this Friday.
The 17-day meet will feature some of racing's most celebrated horses ahead of next month's Breeder's Cup World Championships. Officials say the track will debut a new merchandise pavilion and will expand its social and digital media presence.
Racing continues through Oct. 29.
The Lexington race track is celebrating its 80th year of racing. During Fall Meet, Keeneland will present a number of special events.
HERO Campaign Kick-Off – Saturday, Oct. 8
This fall, Keeneland again will team up with the HERO Campaign to promote the use of safe and sober designated drivers. The program will launch on Saturday at the HERO table just outside Keeneland’s Sales Pavilion where patrons can pledge to be a designated driver. Registrants will receive a “Be a HERO” wristband and a voucher for a free soft drink at any trackside concession stand, and the chance to win additional prizes. Patrons also can sign up for the HERO Campaign at the East and South Gates throughout the race meet.
Jockey Autograph Signing – Sunday Oct. 9
Meet retired jockeys and active Keeneland riders in an autograph signing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET adjacent to the Paddock. Among the retired jockeys participating are Kentucky Derby winners Jean Cruguet, Pat Day and Mike Manganello, as well as Herb McCauley, Larry Melancon, James Bruin, Tony D’Amico, P.J. Cooksey, Suzie and John Oldham, Kaye Bell and Kaoru Chatfield-Tsuchiya. Proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Make-A-Wish Day – Thursday Oct. 13
Local Thoroughbred farms and organizations have joined Keeneland to grant the wishes of nine deserving children. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, these children and their families will enjoy a VIP day at the races, complete with presenting a trophy to the winning connections after each race. Sponsors include Hagyard Medical Institute, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Ashford Stud, Shadwell Farm, Darley, Gainesway Farm, Shawnee Farm, Flaxman Holdings and Lane’s End.
College Scholarship Day – Friday, Oct. 14
Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association invite college students from near and far to a day at the races. Students with a valid college ID will receive free general admission and a chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships after each race. Registration for scholarships will be held in Keeneland’s College Zone in the North Terrace. New this year, students can pre-register online at www.keeneland.com/CSD. The College Zone will feature music, free snacks and prize drawings.
seeblue. Day at the Races – Friday, Oct. 21
Keeneland and the University of Kentucky dedicate a day of racing to UK students, alumni, faculty and staff. Patrons with a valid UK ID will receive free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating. Special Wildcat appearances will take place on and around the track.
Heroes Day Delivered by Papa John’s – Sunday, Oct. 23
Keeneland recognizes those who serve our community and our country. All active-duty military, veterans and first responders and their families will receive free general admission and reserved Grandstand seating. Free food and children’s activities will be available in the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m. A special presentation during the afternoon will honor the late Richmond, Ky., police officer Daniel Ellis and his family. Additional recognition will include Lexington firefighter Jason Stowe, who saved the life of a teenaged accident victim last year.
Halloween Edition of Sunrise Trackside – Saturday, Oct. 29
An appearance by the Headless Horseman marks this fun and festive Keeneland tradition. During Sunrise Trackside, the Headless Horseman will be in the Paddock at 9 a.m., and Buckles, the Keeneland Kids Club mascot, will award Kids Club prize packages to children wearing their best costumes. The Headless Horseman will return that afternoon to parade on the track between races.
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