Nearly 2,500 fifth-grade students will take field trips to Keeneland this week to learn about the historic race track and the vital role of the horse industry in Kentucky’s economy as part of a partnership between Keeneland and Fayette County Public Schools.
Keeneland will host several hundred fifth graders each morning beginning Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30. Students will be welcomed by Keeneland officials, watch a live Thoroughbred auction demonstration in the sales pavilion, and tour the track’s grandstand, paddock and trackside areas.
New this year, horse industry partners such as Darley, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, North American Racing Academy, Locust Trace AgriScience Farm and Sallee Horse Vans will be featured at various stations along the tour route.
“We look forward to these student visits, and we appreciate the opportunity to teach them about Keeneland and the importance of Kentucky’s horse industry,” said Keeneland Vice President and COO Vince Gabbert. “It’s a natural tie-in to the students’ economics curriculum, and it creates awareness about the job opportunities available within our industry.”
Keeneland will provide each student with a “Thoroughbred Racing and Sales” book, which can be used in the classroom following the field trips.