Welcome to Opening Weekend


Many people say the official first day of spring is opening day at Keeneland, a showcase of Thoroughbred racing’s equine and human stars in a spectacular season in Central Kentucky. Keeneland’s 2019 Spring Meet begins April 4-7 with nine graded stakes worth a total of $2,850,000.

Graded Stakes Races


Featuring a blockbuster weekend of nine graded stakes races headlined by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), respective major preps on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Palisades Turf Sprint


Thursday, April 4

Post time 6:18 pm

Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3)


Friday, April 5

Post time 5:30 pm

Commonwealth (G3)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 4:00 pm

Shakertown (G2)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 4:35 pm

Madison (G1)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 5:10 pm

Central Bank Ashland (G1)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 5:45 pm

View Noms

View PPs

Toyota Blue Grass (G2)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 6:23 pm

View Noms

View PPs

Beaumont (G3) presented by Keeneland Select


Sunday, April 7

Post time 4:24 pm

Appalachian (G2) presented by Japan Racing Association


Sunday, April 8

Post time 4:57 pm

A Tradition of World-Class Racing

Nationally prominent preps for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, respectively, the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and Central Bank Ashland (G1) headline Keeneland's opening weekend of racing during the Spring Meet. View the nominations to both of these Classic prep races which will be held April 6.

Toyota Blue Grass Noms Central Bank Ashland Noms

Race Day Events

The Keeneland race meet offers a number of special events for fans to enjoy.

Special Events

Jockey Autograph Signing

Racing fans can meet jockeys currently participating at Keeneland as well as retired jockeys. 

04/04/2019 - 1:15pm

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Special Events

Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland

The 2019 Spring Meet kicks off on Thursday, April 4, with a community-wide celebration headlined by an afternoon of racing starting at 3 p.m.

04/04/2019 - 3:00pm

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Special Events

College Scholarship Day

College Scholarship Day offers a free, fun day at the races for thousands of college and university students from Kentucky and beyond.

04/05/2019 - 12:00pm

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Special Events
The Hill

The Hill

“The Hill” is Keeneland’s official tailgating area, where thousands of fans gather on Fridays and Saturdays during the race meet to celebrate world

04/05/2019 - 12:30pm

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Special Events

Sunrise Trackside

Every Saturday morning during the race meet, Keeneland shares a special side of Thoroughbred racing that is worth getting up early to enjoy.

04/06/2019 - 7:00am

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