With the spread of COVID-19, Keeneland had originally stated they would continue with their spring meet, but without spectators. On March 16, they announced the meet in whole will be cancelled.
Following a guidance announcement issued Sunday, March 15 by the CDC, that warned against holding large events or gatherings of 50 people or more.
“Keeneland’s Spring Meet is a rite and tradition that touches every aspect of Central Kentucky and beyond, and the decision to cancel racing is agonizing for our staff, our many loyal fans and our horsemen,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “During the past several weeks, we have exhausted all avenues for safely conducting our Spring Meet. Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have diligently worked with local, state and national partners in health and government to ensure our actions are the most responsible we can take. We all find ourselves in uncharted territory, but nothing is more important to Keeneland than protecting the health and safety of our athletes, stable employees, horsemen, patrons, track employees and the community at large.”
Those who have already purchased tickets for the Spring Meet will automatically be issued a full refund and an email confirmation of the refund.
Keeneland says they will continue to provide stabling for the horses that are currently on the grounds. The race track will work with those who are caring for the horses and provide necessary protocols the create a safe environment.
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