Keeneland Horse Track
Fame, Fortune, & Thoroughbred
Waking up with the horses and giving them a warm bath just as the sun rises is not the usual image people picture when they think of the Keeneland Horse Track. Most would probably recognize it’s role in the 2003 blockbuster, Seabiscuit, and from it’s annual horse races. But the real treasure to Keeneland is your opportunity to meet horse breeders and watch them train.
Tours at Keeneland
If you’ve ever wanted to get up early with the horses or see where they race, there are various tours you can take at Keeneland that will give you the experience of a real-life horse jokey. Self-guided and Guided tours are available year-round, and offer the chance to learn about thoroughbreds and their racing stakes. There’s also morning activities that you can attend, which include the Morning Workout from 6a.m. to 10a.m. For families it’s suggested you try out the Sunrise Trackside activity, where children and parents can have breakfast at the Equestrian Dining Room and later meet the horse jockeys.
Keeneland’s Horse Races & Sales
There are 2 primary racing seasons at Keeneland: A Spring Meeting in April and a Fall Meeting in October. Groups of horses and jockeys bid for first place in a series of races, classed by grades. Some of the most famous races include the Beaumont Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes, and the Lexington Stakes.
Keeneland has also become renowned for its four annual horse auctions that attract buyers from around the world. The Keeneland Association has had a profound impact on Kentucky’s economy and politics, ranging from oppositional stances on slot machines on the track to their partnership with other horse groups.
The Keeneland Library
If seeing horses wasn’t enough, then be sure to stop by the library where they’ve kept a detailed record of horses and their race events. It is on the forefront of horse history and plays as a vital reference/research facility for those seeking to learn more about the sport.