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 2018 Spring Meet begins April 6-8 with eight graded stakes worth a total of $2,750,000.

Graded Stakes Races


Featuring a blockbuster weekend of eight 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).

Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3)


Friday, April 6

Post time 5:30 pm

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Commonwealth (G3)


Saturday, April 7

Post time 4:00 pm

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Shakertown (G2)


Saturday, April 7

Post time 4:35 pm

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Madison (G1)


Saturday, April 7

Post time 5:10 pm

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Central Bank Ashland (G1)


Saturday, April 7

Post time 5:45 pm

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Toyota Blue Grass (G2)


Saturday, April 7

Post time 6:23 pm

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Meet the Contenders

Appalachian (G2) presented by Japan Racing Association


Sunday, April 8

Post time 4:24 pm

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Beaumont (G3) presented by Keeneland Select


Sunday, April 8

Post time 4:57 pm

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A Tradition of World-Class Racing

A nationally prominent prep for the Kentucky Derby, the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) headlines Keeneland's opening weekend of racing during the Spring Meet. Meet the contenders you'll see in the starting gate on April 7.

Toyota Blue Grass Contenders