2023 Keeneland Spring Meet

Keeneland Closes Out Record Spring

Keeneland concluded its 2023 Spring Meet on Friday following 15 days of racing that generated record all-sources wagering of $224 million, the track said in a release late Friday. All-sources wagering (not including whole-card simulcasting at Keeneland) for the Spring Meet totaled $224,348,745, surpassing the previous record of $219,284,979 set during last year's 15-day Spring Meet. The Spring Meet marks the fifth consecutive season of record wagering at Keeneland, which was boosted by an all-time record Pick 6 handle of $4,788,759 Apr. 21. On-track wagering for the Spring Meet totaled...

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Turf King Steps Forward In Keeneland Finale

10th-Keeneland, $85,655, Alw, 4-28, (NW1X), 3yo, 1mT, 1:37.97, gd, head. TURF KING (IRE) (c, 3, Kingman {GB}--Sweet Acclaim {Ire} {SW & MGSP-USA, GSP-Eng, $195,276}, by Acclamation {GB}) was a debut winner by a neck Feb. 16 over the Tapeta at Gulfstream Park. Bet down by the public to 6-5 here in the meet's finale, the bay colt settled in the second flight between horses into the backstretch. Rounding the far turn, the Chad Brown trainee encountered some traffic along the fence, but was able to re-engage past the eighth pole...

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Sunday Insights: Winchell Colt Set To Pull Debut Out Of Hat

6th-KEE, $100K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 3:40 p.m. At Keeneland on Sunday afternoon, MAGIC TAP (Tapit) debuts for Winchell Thoroughbreds breaking from post three with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons. The $450,000 KEESEP purchase, bred by Don Alberto, is a half to MGISW American Gal (Concord Point). Dam GSP American Story (Ghostzapper) is herself a sibling to G1 Golden Shaheen victor Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown) and GI Apple Blossom scorer Seventh Street (Street Cry {Ire}), who went on to produce GSW Lake Avenue (Tapit). This Steve Asmussen firster fired a bullet work...

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An Invitation To Keeneland Opening Day

Everyone's invited, as 2023 Opening Day at Keeneland has arrived. Certainly, there are swollen pools for wagering, the canorous voice of track announcer Kurt Becker, the fine warp and weft of Sunday's best worn mid-week and enough to feast on, even if you don't have the foggiest what's in burgoo. We already know that the Spring meet at the old Keene Farm, hosted by the Association will card its share of tough, competitive fields. Before the 86th running of the $600,000 GI Central Bank Ashland S., spring has not officially...

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Keeneland to Offer Free Digital Programs

Keeneland will offer free digital race-day programs for download for its Spring Meet, which begins Apr. 7, in an initiative to increase access to data for horseplayers and fans. "Keeneland believes that access to data is an important step in both educating and engaging our fans," Keeneland Vice President of Racing Gatewood Bell said. "We piloted a digital program during the pandemic that was incredibly well received when fans tuned into our racing product from afar." Complimentary race-day programs, which feature past performances from Equibase, will be available for download...

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Keeneland Adds The Hill Experience To Sundays During Spring Meet

As a nod to the growing popularity of tailgating on The Hill, Keeneland will expand the traditional Friday/Saturday schedule to now include Sundays during the Spring Meet. No ticket or reservation is required. Fans can watch the racing action via a jumbo TV and place their bets in a wagering tent with live music and food trucks nearby. Concerning tickets for its upcoming Spring Meet, to be held Apr. 7-28, those will go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. ET. A variety of options for Dining, Grandstand reserved...

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Keeneland Announces Record Spring Stakes Schedule

Keeneland will award a season record $8.05 million for 19 stakes to be run during its 2023 Spring Meet, which will cover 15 days from Apr. 7-28. Two focal points on the schedule will be the 99th running of the $1 million GI Toyota Blue Grass and 86th running of the $600,000 GI Central Bank Ashland, both major targets of the nation's top 3-year-olds. Keeneland has increased the purses of two Grade I stakes for older females--the GI Madison and the GI Jenny Wiley--by $100,000 apiece to $600,000 and has...

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