This drawing shows Keeneland’s mile and one-sixteenth main track and 7 1/2-furlong turf course. Red and white poles, set a quarter-mile apart, mark the course, with green and white poles dividing the quarters into eighths. The black and white poles divide the eighths into sixteenths of a mile. The poles are referred to in terms of distance from the finish.
The quarter pole, for example, is a quarter-mile from the finish line. In addition to its main finish line on the main track, Keeneland has an alternate finish line coinciding with the sixteenth pole. This alternate finish line permits the running of mile and one-sixteenth races, with the start and finish at the sixteenth pole. The finish line used in each race is marked with a large red disk.