Keeneland fall meet begins with crowd restrictions


LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Tens of thousands of fans were at Keeneland Friday, to mingle and watch the races, as the Fall Meet gets underway.

The track is already full of energy. This year’s Fall Meet marks Keeneland’s 85th racing anniversary.

The stands will be full Saturday, and so will the horse stalls.

Post time for the first race is 1 p.m.

Something different to note, Keeneland is limiting capacity. The track will host around 20,000 fans each day of racing.

Remember, tickets should be bought online in advance.

Many fans are out-of-towners, including the Ellingtons, who come to Keeneland every year from North Carolina.

“It’s exciting. It’s fun. You can’t wait to see the horses come out,” Cindy Ellington said. “We missed it last year and that was like family time that we missed. It was all the excitement of the race that we missed. So, this year is special.”

Beth Larson and Russ Belongia came to visit Keeneland from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“I’ve never seen a live horse race and I guess I’m just excited to see that and hopefully, we win!” Larson said.

During their visit, they learned how to place a wager.

“It was quite interesting to sit and figure out first, second and third,” Belongia said.

Veteran bettors also attended opening day. Ray and Shelly Dipasquale travelled to Lexington from Pittsburgh.

“We love to come to Keeneland, we love Kentucky, we’re here for the meet,” Ray said. “It’s a fun time, here for the restaurants, great people, everybody’s smiling, everybody’s here for the same thing: horses.”

Friday and Saturday of this week are sold out, but there are still tickets available for other dates. You can also tailgate on The Hill on Fridays and Saturdays. The races will be played on the jumbotron. No ticket is required.

The Fall Meet at Keeneland runs Wednesday through Sunday until October 30, with no races on Monday or Tuesday.

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