Keeneland Safety Protocols

The safety of our patrons, staff and horses is of the utmost priority for Keeneland. Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with Keeneland's safety guidelines and protocols.


Keeneland's Operations Limited Until Further Notice

Keeneland Spring Meet Canceled due to COVID-19 Safety Concerns 

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of Keeneland's fans, horsemen and staff surrounding COVID-19, Keeneland has canceled the upcoming Spring Meet due to concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19.

Keeneland will also be closed to all non-essential guests and horsemen. Only essential employees, owners, trainers, veterinarians, blacksmiths and stable workers will be allowed entry.

The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued Sunday, March 15, by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and mass gatherings that include “conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings and other types of assemblies.” Specifically, the CDC recommended that events attended by 50 people or more should be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks.

Screening checkpoints will be set up at Gates 2 and 3 and the Rice Road barn entrance to monitor those seeking access to Keeneland. Each checkpoint will require a temperature check. Only those with a temperature less than 100.5 degrees and showing no symptoms of COVID-19 will be granted access. Persons permitted to enter will receive an armband granting access for only that day.

Furthermore, anyone with a business purpose requiring access to Keeneland also will complete screening at a checkpoint.

These limited operations also include:

  • Spring Meet scheduled for April 2-24 has been canceled

  • April Sale scheduled for April 7 has been canceled

  • Keeneland's General Office is closed until further notice

  • Tour operations, including visits from outside tour companies, will cease until further notice

  • The Keeneland Shop will be closed to patrons until further notice

  • The Keeneland Library will be closed to patrons until further notice

  • The Red Mile will be closed until March 30

  • The Hiring Center for the Spring Meet has been suspended

  • The Track Kitchen will extend closing hours to 6 p.m. to service the needs of our backside

  • Training Hours will resume as normal.  Only essential horsemen with horses training will be permitted on property.

Thank you for your understanding as Keeneland, the State of Kentucky and the U.S. government work together to do everything in our power to keep our community healthy and safe as the situation continues to evolve.

Please be aware

Keeneland statement regarding COVID-19

“Keeneland’s Spring Meet is a rite and tradition that touches every aspect of Central Kentucky and beyond, and the decision to cancel racing is agonizing for our staff, our many loyal fans and our horsemen. During the past several weeks, we have exhausted all avenues for safely conducting our Spring Meet. Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have diligently worked with local, state and national partners in health and government to ensure our actions are the most responsible we can take. We all find ourselves in uncharted territory, but nothing is more important to Keeneland than protecting the health and safety of our athletes, stable employees, horsemen, patrons, track employees and the community at large.”

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Keeneland Paddock

If You See Something, Say Something

For security concerns text the word SAFE to 84700 and Keeneland security 
will respond immediately 

For emergencies, always dial 911


Evacuation Guidelines

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

Live Racing

Things to Know Before Your Visit

Please note, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the 2020 Keeneland Spring Meet has been canceled.

  • Gates open at 11 a.m.
  • General admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
  • Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 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 not permitted in the Clubhouse or the Paddock area, but are permitted in other general areas.
  • Alcohol, coolers, food, grills, tents and selfie sticks are not permitted inside the admission gates.
  • 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.
  • 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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