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This Day in Keeneland's History: Oct. 7

October 7, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2016) – Keeneland’s 2016 Fall Meet, which opens today, marks the track’s 80th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Barn Notes throughout the Fall Meet will look back at memorable races and track highlights from Keeneland’s rich history.

Here are a few highlights from Oct. 7:

1961: On opening day of the 11-day Fall Meet, Keeneland becomes the first American Thoroughbred track to use the Visumatic Timer, which posts various fractions and final times on the tote board.

1989: Opening day of the 16-day Fall Meet during which Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas wins a Fall Meet record 22 races.

1995: Opening day of the 16-day Fall Meet, which marks the debut of a new entrance at the intersection of Versailles Road and Man o’ War Boulevard.