LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Sixteen days of racing came to an end at Keeneland’s Spring Meet on a sunny Friday afternoon.
According to Kara Heissenbuttel of Keeneland, mother nature has been their best friend and she’s been good to them this month. They’ve had lots of great weather days and sunshine and wonderful crowds. The community has really come out and has been supportive. She says It’s just been a really great experience.
It all kicked off on a Thursday this year with a day of racing and an evening of music, food, and fun with Thursday Night Live. Attendance and wagering records were broken the first Saturday of the meet, and that same day, Vacoma won the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes to become a contender in the Kentucky Derby.
Over the course of the meet, students were awarded scholarships, fans lined up for the Maker’s Mark signing, there were betology classes, plenty of betting, and it was a winning experience all around.
Even though live racing is on hiatus here until October, fans are invited to come on out to the track and watch two of Kentucky’s most famous races.
Heissenbuttel says Keeneland is the place to be on Oaks and Derby Day. On Oaks Day, they have a party in the paddock. And then on Derby Day, she says that they have the world’s largest derby party. There’s music, a hat contest, and fun games for the kids throughout the day.
Keeneland is open year round for tours and other various events, but it’s the racing that holds the hearts of many here in the bluegrass, and keeps them coming back for more.
You can hear the crowd is still super excited, right until the very ends. It’s been a great 2019 spring meet.