Keeneland Spring Meet

Keeneland Spring Meet Concludes with Record Handle

Keeneland closed its 2022 Spring Meet Friday with all-sources handle in excess of $219 million to establish an all-time meet wagering record for the track, and a third consecutive season of record handle. The Lexington oval offered record average daily purses of $1.147 million, attracting an average of 9.1 starters per race. "This Spring Meet was unmatched in many measures, most of all the fact that everyone seemed to revel in the energy of having fans back in full force on race days," said Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin....

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Keeneland Catalogs 73 Horses of Racing Age for April Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 73 horses for its April Horses of Racing Age Sale, to be held Friday, Apr. 29 following the races on closing day of the Spring Meet. The sale, which will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET and be livestreamed on Keeneland.com, will be conducted as an integrated event, with live auctioneers at Keeneland and with horses presented for sale both physically at Keeneland and at off-site locations. Keeneland also will provide online and phone bidding for buyers who wish to participate remotely. "We're really excited about hosting...

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Keeneland Conducting Hiring Center, Job Fair for Spring Meet

Keeneland is inviting people who are interested in working at the track during the 2022 Spring Meet from Apr. 8-29 to apply for available positions in one of three ways: Attend the Job Fair Mar. 19, stop by the Hiring Center during March or apply online. Keeneland is looking to fill more than 2,000 positions for the Spring Meet in Concessions, Culinary, Dining, Guest Services, Parking, Retail, Security, Track Kitchen and other areas. On-site interviews for all positions will be conducted at the Job Fair and at the Hiring Center....

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Keeneland Spring Meet Tickets on Sale Feb. 15

Tickets for the 2022 Keeneland spring meet, to be held Apr. 8-29, will go on sale to the public beginning at 9 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Feb. 15. Similar to last year, all general admission, grandstand and dining tickets must be pre-purchased online through Keeneland's official online ticket office at tickets.Keeneland.com or on the Keeneland Race Day app. Also on sale beginning Feb. 15 are dining and general admission tickets for Kentucky Derby Day at Keeneland Saturday, May 7. The 15-day spring meet offers racing Wednesdays through Sundays. Keeneland will be...

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Keeneland's April HORA Sale on Spring Meet's Final Day

Keeneland will hold the April Horses of Racing Age Sale Friday, Apr. 29, following the last race on the closing day of the Spring Meet. The 10-race card will have an adjusted first post of 12:30 p.m. from the traditional 1 p.m., with the final race of the closing card scheduled for approximately 5:09 p.m. The sale will follow at 6:30 p.m. "Keeneland is excited for this opportunity to bridge racing and sales and capitalize on the energy of the Spring Meet," said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy....

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Significant Purse Increases for '21 Keeneland Spring Stakes

Keeneland has announced a revamped stakes schedule for its 15-day 2022 Spring Meet, which will be held from Apr. 8-29. A total of 19 stakes will be run, and all have received purse increases for a total of $7.7 million in total stakes purses. Among notable changes are that the Apr. 9 GII Toyota Blue Grass S., Keeneland's main GI Kentucky Derby prep, will once again offer a $1-million purse (it was $800,000 last year); and the $600,000 GI Central Bank Ashland ($400,000 in 2021) will be contested on opening...

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UK HealthCare Named Official Health Care Provider for Keeneland Meets

Keeneland and UK HealthCare have entered into a partnership in which UK HealthCare will become the track's "Official First Aid Provider" of first aid and emergency medical services to racing participants, fans and staff during race meets. UK HealthCare will staff and equip Keeneland's state-of-the-art First Aid center, and their trauma personnel will support the emergency response vehicles stationed on track during the race day. Through this partnership, the EMS care available to jockeys, participants and patrons at Keeneland will be an extension of the Level 1 trauma service received...

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Raging Bull Returns a Winner in Maker's Mark

Having last tasted victory in the GI Shoemaker Mile last May, Peter Brant's Raging Bull (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) exploded from off the pace to comfortably best 8-1 chance Ride a Comet (Candy Ride {Arg}) in Friday's GI Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland. Settled in a rail-hugging fifth behind Get Smokin (Get Stormy) through opening fractions of :22.47 and :45.65, the 7-2 chance made a big move to get into contention approaching the quarter pole, swung out three wide to take control at the head of the lane and drove...

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Keeneland Announces Spring Meet Ticketing Plans

Keeneland has released plans to offer fans a limited number of ticket packages for dining, Reserved Grandstand seating and General Admission for the 2021 Spring Meet, to be held Apr. 2-23. All ticket packages were designed in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols and will be pre-sold online in two phases. Fans are encouraged to visit Keeneland.com/tickets for information on Spring Meet ticket options and the process to purchase. "Keeneland is eager to welcome fans, although fewer in number, back this spring for what promises to be an exciting race meet,"...

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Keeneland to Allow Limited Spectators in April

The upcoming Keeneland Spring Meet, to be held April 2-23, will allow a limited number of spectators. Pre-sold ticket packages will be available Monday, Mar. 1, and will include dining, reserved grandstand seating, and general admission. Race participants, sponsors, box holders, and Club members will also be given limited access. "The enthusiasm and loyalty of our fans are what make Keeneland so special," said Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin. "We have missed their presence on race days and we are excited to welcome them, albeit in limited number, back...

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Keeneland Releases Spring Stakes Schedule

Keeneland will present 18 stakes, featuring the 97th running of the $800,000 GII Toyota Blue Grass S. and the 84th running of the $400,000 GI Central Bank Ashland S., worth a total of $4.1 million during its 2021 Spring Meet from Apr. 2-23. Post time for the first race during the 15-day season will be 1:05 p.m. ET. Keeneland will be closed Easter Sunday, Apr. 4. "Keeneland is excited to welcome racing back to the Bluegrass in April," Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. "With the cancellation of last...

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Letter from Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason

To our Industry, Fans and Central Kentucky Community, The decision to cancel this year's Spring Meet and April Sale due to the alarming spread of COVID-19 has been agonizing for the Keeneland family. We understand the devastating impact this has on the Thoroughbred industry, our Central Kentucky community who cherishes this tradition, and our employees who pour their hearts into this organization. We share the disappointment and frustration of our fans and horsemen--a silent April at Keeneland still has not sunk in. However, we knew this decision was the only...

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