Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland


Thursday, October 14 marks the 14th year for Make-A-Wish Day® at Keeneland, the culmination of a rewarding experience for a special group of deserving children.

Local Thoroughbred farms and organizations team up with Keeneland to grant wishes for many deserving children. At Keeneland, the children and their families will be treated to a VIP experience, complete with presenting a trophy after each race, meeting jockeys and experiencing all the excitement of a day at the races.

Fans are encouraged to cheer on these children and support Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. They will have the opportunity to help make even more wishes come true by dropping donations near the Keeneland Paddock.

How to Give

It takes a community to make every child’s wish come true. Through donations, volunteering and fundraising, there’s a way for everyone to make a difference for local children and families. To donate, please click here; contact Faith Hacker at (859) 619-5475 or fhacker@oki.wish.org

To learn more about Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, please visit https://oki.wish.org/keeneland

 

In Honor of John Greely, IV

Founder of Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland

 

John Greely, IV, a fourth-generation Kentucky Thoroughbred horseman and philanthropist, called Kentucky home his entire life. He loved the bluegrass, thoroughbred racing, and helping those in need. John supported many racing, breeding, and equine aftercare organizations and was instrumental in making Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland. 

Through Greely’s leadership, each year, local Thoroughbred farms and organizations team up with Keeneland to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. At Keeneland, the children and their families are treated to a VIP experience, complete with presenting a trophy after each race, meeting jockeys and experiencing all the excitement of a day at the races. Several local farms and equine medical facilities sponsor the participating wish kids. Since Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland began, enough has been raised to make dozens of wishes come true for local children with critical illnesses.

Make-A-Wish is grateful for Greely’s passion for wishes and his commitment to making a difference for kids in his community.

Meet Our 2021 Wish Kids


 

lily

Lilly, 14


I wish to have a camper

Wish Sponsor – Keeneland

 

Boone

Boone, 4


I wish to have a golf cart

Wish Sponsor - Coolmore

 

reed

Reed, 11


I wish to meet a living president

Wish Sponsor – Spendthrift

 

Katie

Katie, 16


I wish to go on a beach trip

Wish Sponsor - Hagyard

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Gwen

Gwyn, 10


I wish to write and illustrate my own children's book

Wish Sponsor – AirDrie Stud

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Molly

Molly, 7


I wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Wish Sponsor – Lane’s End

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kooper

Kooper, 6


I wish to have a puppy

Wish Sponsor – Flaxman Holdings

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Landon

Landon, 17


I wish to meet a famous YouTuber

Wish Sponsor - Godolphin

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Jayden

Jayden, 14


I wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Wish Sponsor - Gainesway

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Jaden

Jaden, 10


I wish to have a golf cart

Wish Sponsor – Rood & Riddle