A Commitment to Safety and Integrity


Keeneland was founded with the mission to put the best interests of the horse first. Throughout our 83-year history, the safety of horse and rider has been priority No. 1. Toward that goal, Keeneland has invested significantly in state-of-the-art technology to provide the most consistent racing surfaces possible and in initiatives that advance health and welfare research to benefit horse and rider; funded Thoroughbred aftercare initiatives; and been among the first to participate in databases that track equine and jockey injuries to promote transparency and study.

Track Safety

Current Figures


Number of Horses on Track (October): 22,889
Number of Horses with Timed Workout (October): 1,772
Number of Starters (October): 1,522

Oct. 26


Number of Horses on Track: 382
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 9
Number of Starters: 75
Dirt Moisture Content: 22.12%
Turf Moisture Content: 44.54%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 25


Number of Horses on Track: 763
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 102
Number of Starters: 91
Dirt Moisture Content: 19.12%
Turf Moisture Content: 31.43%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 24


Number of Horses on Track: 939
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 62
Number of Starters: 75
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.66%
Turf Moisture Content: 33.11%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 23


Number of Horses on Track: 991
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 38
Number of Starters: 79
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.10%
Turf Moisture Content: 37.47%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 22


Number of Horses on Track: 745
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 12
Number of Starters: 0
Dirt Moisture Content: 20.89%
Turf Moisture Content: 38.53%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 21


Number of Horses on Track: 689
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 31
Number of Starters: 0
Dirt Moisture Content: 19.43%
Turf Moisture Content: 33.84%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 20


Number of Horses on Track: 717
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 91
Number of Starters: 82
Dirt Moisture Content: 20.11%
Turf Moisture Content: 36.47%
Number of Incidents: 1

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Oct. 19


Number of Horses on Track: 994
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 136
Number of Starters: 102
Dirt Moisture Content: 19.41%
Turf Moisture Content: 30.41%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 18


Number of Horses on Track: 986
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 93
Number of Starters: 96
Dirt Moisture Content: 19.43%
Turf Moisture Content: 31.75%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 17


Number of Horses on Track: 1,144
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 89
Number of Starters: 82
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.92%
Turf Moisture Content: 31.79%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 16


Number of Horses on Track: 775
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 0
Number of Starters: 775
Dirt Moisture Content: 22.15%
Turf Moisture Content: 37.49%
Number of Incidents: 1

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Oct. 15


Number of Horses on Track: 846
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 35
Number of Starters: 0
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.55%
Turf Moisture Content: 24.25%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 14


Number of Horses on Track: 784
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 17
Number of Starters: 0
Dirt Moisture Content: 19.07%
Turf Moisture Content: 27.40%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 13


Number of Horses on Track: 793
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 115
Number of Starters: 90
Dirt Moisture Content: 19.64%
Turf Moisture Content: 31.32%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 12


Number of Horses on Track: 973
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 102
Number of Starters: 99
Dirt Moisture Content: 20.77%
Turf Moisture Content: 36.73%
Number of Incidents: 1

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Oct. 11


Number of Horses on Track: 1,036
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 102
Number of Starters: 91
Dirt Moisture Content: 20.41%
Turf Moisture Content: 31.85%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 10


Number of Horses on Track: 1,051
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 76
Number of Starters: 100
Dirt Moisture Content: 20.08%
Turf Moisture Content: 35.25%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 9


Number of Horses on Track: 1,071
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 89
Number of Starters: 77
Dirt Moisture Content: 20.6%
Turf Moisture Content: 39.44%
Number of Incidents: 1

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Oct. 8


Number of Horses on Track: 995
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 10
Number of Starters: N/A
Dirt Moisture Content: 22.76%
Turf Moisture Content: 41.41%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 7


Number of Horses on Track: 428
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 0
Number of Starters: N/A
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 6


Number of Horses on Track: 772
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 150
Number of Starters: 94
Dirt Moisture Content: 22.59%
Turf Moisture Content: 36.16%
Number of Incidents 0

Oct. 5


Number of Horses on Track: 987
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 162
Number of Starters: 118
Dirt Moisture Content: 19.32%
Turf Moisture Content: 30.91%
Number of Incidents 1

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Oct. 4


Number of Horses on Track: 1,116
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 88
Number of Starters: 99
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.89%
Turf Moisture Content: 29.53%
Number of Incidents 2

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Oct. 3


Number of Horses on Track: 1,019
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 52
Number of Starters: N/A
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.83%
Turf Moisture Content: 44.24%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 2


Number of Horses on Track: 938
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 69
Number of Starters: N/A
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.98%
Turf Moisture Content: 43.47%
Number of Incidents: 0

Oct. 1


Number of Horses on Track: 864
Number of Horses with Timed Workout: 42
Number of Starters: N/A
Dirt Moisture Content: 18.98%
Turf Moisture Content: 43.47%
Number of Incidents: 0

NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Accreditation


Keeneland was among the first race tracks in North America to earn accreditation by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety & Integrity Alliance in 2009. Since then, Keeneland has been fully re-accredited every two years, most recently in the fall of 2017.

Alliance certification standards address an extensive list of safety and integrity concerns within six broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; uniform medication, testing and penalties; safety research; and wagering security.

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Keeneland Race Track Maintenance Merges Art and Science


Keeneland is committed to advancing knowledge and providing the most consistent dirt and turf racing surfaces in the industry. This commitment is reflected in the significant investment made in the unique design and ongoing maintenance of our dirt track, turf course and training track, and the year-round best practices employed by our track maintenance team.

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Keeneland dirt track

Mawsafe Turf Rail


Keeneland replaced its inside turf rail with a Mawsafe safety rail in 2016. The unique flexibility of the Mawsafe rail makes it safer than existing solid pipe construction for horse and rider. The major safety feature is the horizontal PVC rail will absorb the impact of a horse and rider. The rail is designed to spring and bend as the ropes around a boxing ring, flexing under the weight of the horse to allow the rider to guide his mount back onto the turf course.

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Keeneland turf rail

Racing Equipment Promotes Safety and Welfare

Keeneland implements a numbers of policies regarding racing equipment for both horse and rider.

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Veterinary Oversight


Keeneland’s Equine Safety Director, Dr. George Mundy, coordinates with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Medical Director to ensure ample practicing veterinarians are on track during racing and training. The KHRC provides an official veterinarian who manages the KHRC veterinary staff, maintains the practices and procedures and ensures compliance with those practices and procedures.

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Thoroughbred Aftercare and Welfare

The aftercare of Thoroughbreds is of the utmost importance to Keeneland, and Keeneland champions these initiatives for the betterment of the sport.

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