Keeneland Race Track
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40510
Phone: (859) 254-3412
Keeneland Live Racing Season: April (Spring Meet) & October (Fall Meet)
2017 Fall Graded Stakes Races at Keeneland
- $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) | 2-year-old fillies going 8 1/2 furlongs
- $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) | 3-year-olds & up going 6 furlongs
- $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) | 3-year-olds & up going 8 furlongs
- $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) | 2-year-olds going 8 1/2 furlongs
- $400,000 First Lady (G1) | 3-year-olds & up going 8 furlongs
- $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) | 3-year-olds & up going 6 furlongs
- $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select | 3-year-olds & up going 5 1/2 furlongs
- $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) | 3-year-olds & up going 9 furlongs
- $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) | 2-year-olds going 8 1/2 furlongs
- $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) | 2-year-old fillies going 8 1/2 furlongs
- $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) | 3-year-olds & up going 5 1/2 furlongs
- $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lanes’ End (G1) | 3-year-old fillies going 9 furlongs
- $100,000 Sycamore (G3) | 3-year-olds & up going 12 furlongs
- $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) | 3-year-old fillies going 8 1/2 furlongs
- $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) | 3-year-old fillies going 7 furlongs
- $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) | 3-year-olds & up going 12 furlongs
- $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) | 3-year-olds & up going 9 furlongs
Home of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup
Keeneland played host to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. This was Keeneland’s 1st opportunity to host the Breeders’ Cup, after being held at Santa Anita for the previous three years. Racing fans at Keeneland saw Triple Crown winner American Pharoah race and win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, cementing his legacy and his place in American racing history. Additionally, the Keeneland grounds underwent a series of major facility improvements in anticipation of the race, including the construction of the 45,000 sq. ft. Makers’ Mark lounge, and new luxury seating areas.
History of Keeneland Horse Racing
What started as an idea in 1933, Keeneland Race Course is an industry leader in live racing (first run in 1936), sales (started in 1938), and horse racing history (the Keeneland Library opened in 1939). A 1953 renovation saw improvements to the grandstand and the movement of the finish line closer to the first turn; 1961 saw the first Visumatic Timer in America: a system that posted fractions and final times on the tote board); and 1979 saw Keeneland become only the fourth race track in the country to use an electronic totalisator system that allowed patrons to buy and cash tickets from any window in the facility.
Two years after a 1984 visit from England’s Queen Elizabeth II, Keeneland was designated a National Historic Landmark and April 1993 saw the race track prove to be a springboard for the Kentucky Derby when Sea Hero, Prairie Bayou and Wild Gale were the winning trifecta in the nation’s signature race after competing at the Lexington track. Until 1997, Keeneland had been one of the few racetracks in America to not use a track announcer; that same year, they introduced drive-through wagering through a series of terminals in the parking lot. As one of the most picturesque horse racing tracks in North America, Keeneland has been used by Hollywood for many horse-related movies, including Seabiscuit and Secretariat. Continuing their trend of industry-leading technology:
Keeneland was the first U.S. horse track to implement Trakus technology as well as the since-replaced synthetic Polytrack racing surface. Consistently ranked highest on the Horseplayers Association of North America’s list of top tracks, Keeneland was also only the second to be accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance, which certifies a track’s commitment to injury reporting and prevention, aftercare, creating a safer racing environment, and medication testing.
About the Keeneland Sale
Widely considered to be the world’s premier auction house for Thoroughbred racehorses, Keeneland has sold more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company. Buyers from over 50 countries regularly attend the four annual auctions held in January, April, September, and November. The sales facilities were first thought of in the 1930s, with the first horses sold on the grounds in 1943. Since the early 2000s, Keeneland graduates have won nearly half of all Triple Crown races (the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes). Among the roster of great horses to grace their sales ring: Zenyatta, Animal Kingdom, A.P. Indy, Curlin, Sunday Silence, and Mizdirection.
Amenities at the Keeneland Race Track
Home to the world’s largest collection of information related to horse racing (specifically the Thoroughbred), the Keeneland Library houses thousands of books, journals, photographic negatives, and the priceless Daily Racing Form archive.
Besides the world-class horse racing and library, Keeneland also features the incredible Track Kitchen for partrons to enjoy. The Track Kitchen offers its guests amazing breakfast, lunch and brunch options.