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 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

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Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3)


Friday, April 5

Post time 5:30 pm

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Commonwealth (G3)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 4:00 pm

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Shakertown (G2)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 4:35 pm

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Madison (G1)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 5:10 pm

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Central Bank Ashland (G1)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 5:45 pm

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Toyota Blue Grass (G2)


Saturday, April 6

Post time 6:23 pm

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Beaumont (G3) presented by Keeneland Select


Sunday, April 7

Post time 4:24 pm

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Appalachian (G2) presented by Japan Racing Association


Sunday, April 8

Post time 4:57 pm

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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