Lexington, Kentucky, is proud Keeneland Race Course territory; Keeneland is a thoroughbred horse racing facility that makes for one of the richest meets in the northern USA and for many graded stakes. Six of these stakes are from the fall meet and are Grade 1, used as preps for Breeders’ Cup. The 15-day spring meet features the Blue Grass Stakes, an important prep race for none other than the Kentucky Derby.

This racing facility was founded in 1936 on 147 acres in Lexington. It was founded as a nonprofit racing/auction entity, and the proceeds from these activities were earmarked for supporting the thoroughbred industry and the Lexington community.

The Breeder’s Cup was hosted at this venue for the first time in 2015. Notwithstanding the skeptical and the unbelieving, Keeneland proved to be quite appropriate venue for the huge event, and its success was duly laureated by a Thoroughbred Daily News reporter.

Keeneland has always had a soft spot for traditions, and it tries to maintain them as much as possible. It was not until 1997 that it agreed to broadcast over a public-address system, and its retro-feel has lent itself to be used as a scenario in many of the shots for the 2003 movie Seabiscuit and the 2010 movie Secretariat. The shots included the Belmont Stakes Triple-Crown win for Secretariat.

Not only is it also known for its reference library, but it is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places, plus it was made a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

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Keeneland Park Racetrack Facts:

  • Racecourse type: flat dirt, turf 1 1/16 miles dirt oval and a 7 ½ furlong turf oval
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Purse: Up to 600,000.
  • Venue capacity: 50,000 spectators.
  • Track length: 1 1/16 miles dirt oval, 7 ½ furlong turf oval.
  • Important track records: (2015) Breeders' Cup Classic was won by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (first to win the “Grand Slam” of horse racing: Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic.)