Ten Things to Know Before You Go: Keeneland’s Fall Meet
Courtesy of Penelope Miller of America's Best Racing
Lexington, Ky., is the horse capital of the world, and if you’re planning a trip to the Bluegrass this autumn for Keeneland’s famed fall meet, we have 10 things you need to know before you go!
1. Keeneland’s October meet has more Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races than any other meet.
Want to see the stars of horse racing’s World Championships up close? Then you need to come to Keeneland, especially on Opening Weekend. That’s because the Lexington oval has 10 Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races – more than any other meet in the world – in its first two weeks.
2. It’s a bettor’s paradise.
If you love betting horse racing, then you want to play Keeneland. With full, competitive fields of horses, upsets and big prices aren’t uncommon. There’s a fortune waiting for you in Lexington in October!
3. Not sure how to bet? Keeneland’s here to help.
If you’re not sure how to play the races, don’t worry. While you’re at Keeneland, look for a Betologist; they’re everywhere at the races, and they’re willing and able to help you learn how to become a top horseplayer.
4. Spend sunrise at the track
Every Saturday morning in October, Keeneland opens its doors to visitors for training hours. With breakfast, coffee (of course!), walking tours, and a Kid’s Club Corner, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy during a morning at the track.
5. Visit Horse Country while you’re in town.
Have you always wanted to see the famous horse farms of Kentucky? Then Horse Country is for you! With tons of farms, nurserys, a Thoroughbred retraining center, a feed company, and a top equine veterinary practice on their roster of members, you have so much to choose from.
6. Check out the Thoroughbred Makeover.
If you love horses, are shopping for the perfect ride, or just want to see what happens to racehorses after they finish their careers at the track, you need to check out the Thoroughbred Makeover. With an incredible schedule of events from Thursday, Oct. 4 until Sunday, Oct. 7, you’ll be amazed at the abilities of the Thoroughbred when it comes to all kinds of sports.
7. The Secretariat Festival is coming to Lexington.
The Secretariat Festival, scheduled for Oct. 13-14, is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Big Red’s unforgettable Triple Crown victory. Join the fun for farm tours, meet-and-greets with the people closest to Secretariat, and a preview of the new Secretariat memorial sculpture, you won’t want to miss this!
8. Check out The Hill.
Looking for a fun way to spend the day with your friends? The Hill is the place for you. Spend an afternoon tailgating, watching the races, listening to live music, placing a few bets, and having a blast, all without spending a ton of money. Just be sure to check out the tailgating rules and you’ll be good to go!
9. Meet the jockeys.
Keeneland has a jockey autograph signing on Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and all proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. While we don’t know exactly what riders will be there yet, you can bet there will be some stars: After all, Keeneland is the biggest racing event in the nation this weekend!
10. Try the local cuisine while you’re there.
Have you ever had burgoo? Bread pudding? Biscuits and gravy? Keeneland has all of these and more! While there are plenty of classics on the menu at the Lexington track, take my advice (or check out this article) and you’re sure to find a new favorite food.
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