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Opening Weekend Special Events

April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8 – Opening Day

College Scholarship Day. Thousands of students from colleges and universities in Kentucky and beyond will be at the track for this popular event. Keeneland partners with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association to host the day. Admission is free with a college ID. Full-time students can register in the North Terrace to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships and prizes from local vendors awarded after each of the day’s races. Also to be given away following the post parade for the 8th race is the Runhappy Scholarship worth $10,000. The first 2,000 students to register will receive a Keeneland College Scholarship Day T-shirt courtesy of Kennedy’s Wildcat Den or a Southern Proper hat.

Keeneland Shop’s Milliners Corner presents Christine A. Moore Millinery adjacent to the Walking Ring from 9 a.m. to the last race. Milliners Corner will feature hat makers from across the country.

Tailgating on The Hill. Keeneland’s hugely popular tailgate lot, The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center, will feature local food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track.

Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000-guaranteed pool will be offered on the final four races of the day.

Saturday, April 9
 

Sunrise Trackside. Itching to experience the sights and sounds of Keeneland in the morning? Sunrise Trackside, sponsored by LEX18 and Dunkin’ Donuts, offers activities for all ages beginning at 7 a.m.  Fans can enjoy Breakfast With the Works, a Southern-style breakfast and trackside commentary while horses train on the main track (until 8:30 a.m.); children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7-9 a.m.); Keeneland tours (8-10:30 a.m.); Paddock demonstration with the Lexington Mounted Police Unit (9 a.m.); a trackside handicapping seminar (11 a.m.); and a Q&A session with jockey Javier Castellano in the Paddock (11:35 a.m.).

Keeneland Shop’s Milliners Corner presents Christine A. Moore Millinery adjacent to the Walking Ring from 9 a.m. to the last race.

Craft Beer Tent. The special selection of beers will include Blue Stallion, Country Boy, Fat Tire, Kentucky Ale Race Day IPA, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Woodchuck Hard Cider.

Tailgating on The Hill. Keeneland’s hugely popular tailgate lot, The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center, will feature local food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. The Hill will showcase Central Kentucky’s favorite bluegrass bands from 12-4 p.m. BETologists also will be available to answer fans’ questions.

Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4 Wager. Keeneland and the New York Racing Association have created the special Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4 wager that begins with the Bay Shore (G3) (4:52 p.m. ET), followed by the Madison (G1) (5:20 p.m.), Wood Memorial (G1) (5:30 p.m.) and Toyota Blue Grass (6 p.m.).

All-Stakes Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $300,000-guaranteed Pick 4 featuring races 7-10, the Commonwealth (G3), Shakertown (G2), Madison and Toyota Blue Grass.

All-Stakes Pick 5 Presented by TVG. A $300,000-guaranteed Pick 5 featuring races 6-10, Central Bank Ashland (G1), Commonwealth, Shakertown, Madison and Toyota Blue Grass.
 

Sunday, April 10

Jockey Autograph Signing. Fans may get autographs of active jockeys from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. adjacent to the Paddock to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.