Welcome to the Horse Capital of the World
The horse capital of the world wouldn’t be the horse capital of the world without Keeneland.
The world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland sales “graduates” have accounted for more than half of all winners of the Triple Crown classic races. Keeneland has sold 22 Kentucky Derby winners, 23 Preakness winners and 20 Belmont winners, including 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify.
In April and October, Keeneland offers world-class racing with over 300,000 attendees annually and 32 graded stakes worth $9.675 million.
A highlight of the Spring Meet includes the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass stakes race leading up to the Kentucky Derby. In Fall of 2020, Keeneland will once again be home to the Breeders’ Cup.
In 2019, Keeneland welcomed the inaugural Railbird Festival, which will return again in 2020.
If you saw the movie Seabiscuit, it was Lexington’s Keeneland Racecourse that was transformed into Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course for the film. It worked so well, scenes from Secretariat’s 31-length victory at the Belmont Stakes were shot at Lexington’s Keeneland Racecourse for the 2010 movie, Secretariat.
Founded in 1936, Keeneland’s mission is to continually invest in the industry and to preserve the tradition of Thoroughbred racing. Keeneland was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
As a National Historic Landmark, Keeneland features beautifully landscaped grounds that are open to the public every day.
Open at 6 am, one of Lexington’s best kept breakfast secrets is Keeneland’s Track Kitchen (and you don’t have to be a horseman to get in).
See you at the track!
This article appears on page 58 of the 2020 annual print edition of Beaumont Guide.
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