Keeneland announced Keeneland at Home, Presented by Central Bank, offering viewers the opportunity to remotely enjoy Keeneland's five-day Summer Meet. Conducted July 8-12, the abbreviated season accommodates a portion of the 16-day Spring Meet that Keeneland was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Fans flock to Keeneland during our race meets, and we will miss seeing thousands of faces in the stands for the Summer Meet, but we look forward to delivering their favorite race-day traditions so they can hold watch parties at home and enjoy Keeneland,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “From recipes for Keeneland's favorite foods and drinks such as Maker's Mark Bread Pudding, Keeneland Burgoo and the Keeneland Breeze to details about our daily programming and wagering opportunities, Keeneland has curated a selection of ways to safely enjoy the races at home.”
The Keeneland Shop will offer a selection of Keeneland at Home Kits for fans to customize their upcoming meet experience. Home kits orders over $35 made by July 12 will come with a commemorative Summer Meet print by Kayla Weber, a bag of Keeneland's Brown Butter Popcorn and a set of Keeneland saddle towel yard flags.
New to the Keeneland race-day broadcast lineup for the Summer Meet is “Keeneland at Home Presented by Central Bank,” a 30-minute “pre-game show” on Facebook Live, YouTube and Periscope at 12:15 p.m. ET. Hosted by Christina Blacker, the program will including lessons in BETology, libations prepared by Maker's Mark, and handicapping picks from Equibase's Ellis Starr.
During the Summer Meet, races will begin each day at 1:05 p.m. ET, and TVG will present live, on-site coverage of all the day's racing starting at 1 p.m. “Today at Keeneland”–hosted by Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton–begins at 11:30a.m. daily.
Races may also be viewed by live stream on www.keeneland.com and www.KeenelandSelect.com. Cards can also be streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube beginning at 12:55 p.m. daily in addition to the Race Day mobile app.