Keeneland Horse Races

Keeneland Horse Racing: Tips for the Perfect Day

Beaumont Inn bed and breakfast is only 30 minutes from Keeneland, and when you leave Keeneland to return to the inn, you will be going opposite most of the traffic (since most folks head toward Lexington). We are a lovely alternative to a hotel. Many of our guests enjoy a day at Keeneland, then return to the inn for fine food in one of Beaumont’s restaurants and drinks in the Tavern. While Keeneland has live racing for three weeks in April and three weeks in October, visitors are welcome year-round with plenty to see.

With its tranquil setting and lovely stone fences and buildings, this national historic landmark is one of the most genteel and beautiful racetracks in the world. Keeneland is a combination Thoroughbred race course and sales company located six miles west of Lexington in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region. Keeneland provides superior year-round training facilities and annually conducts race meetings of the highest caliber in April and October. Keeneland offers simulcast racing year-round at its facility. Visitors can watch racing from all over the country on one of hundreds of televisions and wager while enjoying lunch against a beautiful backdrop. Shop in the gift shop, talk a self-guided walking tour of the grounds, and visit the library.

Keeneland Horse Races

Tips for a Perfect Day at the Races
Keeneland Thoroughbred Racetrack is one of our all time favorite things. The minute you turn onto the property you are welcomed by and guided to park amongst the tall trees and grassy lots.  As you approach the beautiful stone clubhouse for admittance, you are greeted by just about everyone dressed in Keeneland green.

  • Since we have guests from around the world that visit for the horse races in April & October, be sure to make your room and dining reservations at Beaumont Inn well in advance!
  • It’s only $5 for general admission and $3 more for the program which you must have even is you don’t plan on betting.  The program gives you all the betting options, all the information on the horse, the trainer, the jockey.
  • General admission does not guarantee a seat, but you might be lucky to grab a bench and/or you can bring lawn chairs. Tickets for special seating and dining are also available.

Keeneland Horse Track

  • We rarely sit down because we go back and forth from the paddock to the finish line. At the paddock you get to the horses up close as the trainers and groomsman bring the unsaddled thoroughbred racehorses out to be viewed. Spectacular site!
  • Keeneland is known for their Reuben sandwiches (piled high with the most tender corned beef ever) and burgoo.  My mouth is watering!

Keeneland Horse Track

  • We have found the best time to go is during the week (closed on Monday and Tuesdays) and Sundays. Saturday can be VERY crowded (photo above).
  • It is a wonderful “people watching” place and very kid friendly. Most dress very casual, but you’ll see many really dressed up!
  • Spring meet is April, Fall, October but you can go in any time.  They have simulcast racing, a great gift shop.  It has become a very popular place to watch the Kentucky Derby.

Visit Year Round
Thoroughbred sales are held five times yearly with two-year olds selling in April, yearlings selling in July and September, breeding stock in November, and horses of all ages in January. Anyone interested in attending one of the sales can do so simply by coming to Keeneland. You do not need to buy a ticket, make a reservation or pay an admission price. Also, you do not have to come with any intention to buy. You are more than welcome to attend as an observer, although seats in the Keeneland sales pavilion are reserved for buyers and sellers. Grounds are open for visitation from 6:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with no admission fee.

More Things to Do
Discover all about life on a horse farm – read more about horse farm tour options. Or go to the Kentucky Horse Farm Park. For more things to do in Kentucky Horse Country, see our guide to the Bluegrass Region!

After a day at Keeneland, return to our historic bed and breakfast for fine and drink in our restaurant and tavern, a wonderful alternative to the generic hotel.

Visit the Keeneland website for more.

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