LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Keeneland Public Affairs) – Keeneland has announced Keeneland at Home Presented by Central Bank, which offers a variety of creative and fun ways for fans to remotely enjoy Keeneland’s five-day Summer Meet, to be held July 8-12.
The season, which accommodates a portion of the 16-day Spring Meet that Keeneland was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be held without fans.
“Fans flock to Keeneland during our race meets, and we will miss seeing thousands of faces in the stands for the Summer Meet, but we look forward to delivering their favorite race-day traditions so they can hold watch parties at home and enjoy Keeneland,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “From recipes for Keeneland’s favorite foods and drinks such as Maker’s Mark Bread Pudding, Keeneland Burgoo and the Keeneland Breeze to details about our daily programming and wagering opportunities, Keeneland has curated a selection of ways to safely enjoy the races at home.”
New to the race-day broadcast lineup for the Summer Meet is “Keeneland at Home Presented by Central Bank,” a 30-minute “pre-game show” on Facebook Live, YouTube and Periscope at 12:15 p.m. ET. Hosted by Christina Blacker, the program will feature a number of race-day experiences to kick off your at-home watch party, including lessons in BETology, libations prepared by Maker’s Mark, handicapping picks from Equibase’s Ellis Starr and more.
“Central Bank is excited to be involved with Keeneland at Home, a unique opportunity to make everything we love about Keeneland accessible to people regardless of where they are so they can experience the Summer Meet at home,” Central Bank Chairman, President and CEO Luther Deaton Jr. said. “This program is the latest chapter in Central Bank’s long-standing relationship with Keeneland, which, of course, includes sponsorship of the historic Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies. When the Ashland was moved from April 4 to July 11 during the Summer Meet, Central Bank’s presentation of Keeneland at Home became a natural partnership.”
To help fans create the Keeneland experience for their in-home watch parties, The Keeneland Shop is offering a selection of Keeneland at Home Kits that fans are able to craft to suit their taste and style. Kits, which include branded drinkware, apparel and accessories, are available in Pick 2, Pick 3 and Pick 4 bundles via The Keeneland Shop online store. Fans are encouraged to place their orders before the July 8 opening day to be able to enjoy the kits during all five days of racing.
Purchases of Keeneland at Home kits over $35 made through July 12 will come with a commemorative Summer Meet print by Kayla Weber, a bag of Keeneland’s Brown Butter Popcorn and a set of Keeneland saddle towel yard flags.
Meanwhile, Keeneland has expanded its offerings to enable fans to access live racing coverage through new channels at home.
In addition to the live stream on Keeneland.com andKeenelandSelect.com, fans may stream the entire card on Facebook Live and YouTube beginning at 12:55 p.m.daily. Keeneland also has enhanced its viewing experience on its popular Race Day mobile app with new video features that allow users to watch live coverage while navigating throughout the app.
Race-day programming will begin at 11:30 a.m. with “Today at Keeneland,” a 30-minute preview show with handicapping picks and discussion of horses of interest. Racing analysts Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton host “Today at Keeneland,” which airs live on TVG2, The CW Lexington and WKYT.com and is streamed live onKeeneland.com, KeenelandSelect.com and Facebook Live. Fans will also have the opportunity to tune in to a live Winner’s Circle Camera Presented by Coolmore.
During the Summer Meet, Keeneland will offer complimentary race-day programs, which can be downloaded at Keeneland.com or through the Keeneland Race Day app.
Fans may wager on the Summer Meet by signing up for an account with Keeneland Select, Keeneland’s online wagering platform. Keeneland Select will offer a special bonus for new sign-ups: wager $100 on the Summer Meet and receive $50 back. This is on top of Keeneland Select’s lucrative sign-up bonus, which will earn a player $100 after he or she wagers $300 within the first 30 days.
In addition, Red Mile will conduct drive-thru wagering during the Summer Meet from 8 a.m. until the final post at Keeneland.
Keeneland 2020 Summer Meet at a Glance
First post: 1:05 p.m. ET
Races: Nine races on July 8-10 and July 12 and 10 races on July 11. The season includes 10 graded stakes worth $2,575,000: $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) and $100,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select on July 10; $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2), $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1), $250,000 Madison (G1), $150,000 Shakertown (G2) and $150,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association on July 11; and $175,000 TVG Elkhorn (G2) and $100,000 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) on July 12.
TV coverage: Live, on-site coverage on TVG begins each race day at 1 p.m. On June 12, NBCSN will provide live coverage of the TVG Elkhorn (G2) from 5-7 p.m.
Online coverage: Live streaming of all races at no charge is available on Keeneland.com, Facebook Live and YouTube. Keeneland’s Race Day app will provide enhanced video coverage, including the ability to watch full-screen or multitask throughout the app with floating live video coverage on other screens.
Programs: Complimentary race-day programs can be downloaded at Keeneland.com.
Social: Fans are invited to tag @Keeneland and use the hashtag #KeenelandatHome to share their watch parties and unique Keeneland experiences.