Keeneland Health and Safety Protocols


The health and safety of our employees, horsemen and fans is our priority. Keeneland will provide updates on our protocols and monitor developments to follow guidance from health and government officials. Please continue to reference this page for the most up-to-date information.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of Keeneland patrons and employees is of paramount importance. Keeneland encourages vaccinations for all eligible individuals. Masks are not required at this time but continue to be recommended indoors for those who are unvaccinated or have underlying conditions.

For your safety, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the grounds.

Updated April 5, 2022
Live Racing

Things to Know Before Your Race Day Visit



  • Gates open at 11 a.m.
  • Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Day-of walk-up ticket sales will be available only at the ticket office windows when tickets remain.
  • Post time for the first race each day is 1:00 p.m., April 9 and 29 at 12:30 p.m. Races are run approximately every half hour.
  • Mutuel windows in the grandstand open at around 12:30 p.m. Drive-thru wagering opens at 8 a.m.
  • Foldable chairs are only permitted in general areas on the first floor; they are not permitted in the Clubhouse, Paddock area, or floors 2-4.
  • Alcohol, coolers, food or beverage, grills, tents and selfie sticks are not permitted inside the admission gates.
  • Keeneland allows the use of umbrellas outdoors. Please be mindful of your surroundings and do not open/close/twirl umbrellas near horses.
  • Fans may notice additional security when entering Keeneland's admission gates. Patrons will be asked to open their coats or jackets for visual inspection, and soft checks will be performed on any bags. You may be asked to return traditional backpacks to your car.
  • All bags are subject to inspection at the admission gate. Traditional backpacks and book bags are not permitted. Guests may bring strollers, diaper bags, camera bags and purses/pocket books at Keeneland's discretion. For the safety of our guests, patrons will be asked to walk through metal detectors prior to entering through admission gates.
  • Keeneland is accessible to patrons with disabilities. Please call the ticketing office at (859) 288-4299 for more information.
  • Only trained service animals are permitted inside the gates. Service animals will not be permitted inside the Paddock or Walking Ring, due to the safety of our horses.
  • Firearms and weapons are not allowed within the race track gates, regardless of a CCDW permit.

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    Evacuation Guidelines

    In the event of an emergency, please be aware of Keeneland's evacuation guidelines for exiting the plant.