Keeneland has plenty of college-centered events in the starting gate


Spectators pose for a picture in front of the track during the first day of Keeneland’s spring meet on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Sydney Momeyer

Get your bets ready, because Keeneland’s Fall Meet begins this week.

On Oct. 5, Keeneland will reopen its doors for the fall season until Oct. 25. During this time, there are various events scheduled, including some specifically geared toward college students.

Friday, Oct. 12, will be the park’s College Scholarship Day. During this event, college students are able to get in for free and can enter to win a $1,000 scholarship. Ten different scholarships are being given out, along with free food and prize drawings. The event will also present the winners of the two $10,000 Run Happy Scholarships.

“Run Happy was a champion racehorse,” Keeneland spokesperson Amy Owens said. “His owners are very supportive of college education.”

According to the 2018 Fall Meet news release, seeblue Day at the Races will be held on Friday Oct. 19. Also known as “Big Blue Nation Day,” this event is another chance for students to get into the park for free, along with alumni, faculty and staff. If a valid UK ID is presented, there will be available access to Grandstand seating.

On Saturdays and on the opening Friday, Keeneland offers what is known as “The Hill.” This area allows for tailgating where students can gather to enjoy events offered by the park.

“As Keeneland’s designated tailgate lot, The Hill has fan-approved amenities including a jumbo screen TV to watch live racing and football, wagering booths, live music, local food trucks and free shuttles to the Grandstand,” the news release said. “On Saturdays and opening Friday, enjoy performances from the area’s favorite Bluegrass bands from noon-4 p.m.”

Keeneland has college ambassadors that help plan for these events and recruit students to attend.

“We do a lot to maintain relationships,” Owens said. “We like to advocate to college students and get them to come out to the races.

Races will not be held on Mondays and Tuesdays.