‘Taste of the Races’ draws hundreds to Keeneland for drinks, deals

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Thursday is the official start of the Keeneland Spring Meet. But ahead of the races, shoppers got a preview at a ‘Taste of the Races’.

The Keeneland Shop opened up Tuesday for the special two-day spring preview. It’s an event that Jackie Jay says keeps her coming back year after year.

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And she’s not the only one. John Morton drove in from Ashland.

“My parents started bringing me when I was in grade school,” said Morton, who tells us he’s been coming ever since.

Hundreds of shoppers on the hunt for race day looks, Keeneland memorabilia and more got a chance to browse through the shop and take advantage of a special 20% discount.

Morton shared his favorite part of the event.

“20% off and the alcohol,” laughed Morton, holding up a souvenir glass.

Jay added, “The drinks, yes. And the popcorn.”

And because it is called a ‘Taste of the Races’ the first 200 in line received a souvenir Keeneland Catstudio glass.

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