Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Off to the races

The fall meet (October 3-25) at Keeneland kicked off Friday, marking 72 years of thoroughbred horse racing at the track. Keeneland was founded in 1935 and began spring and fall racing meets in 1936. Set in the middle of horse farms and rolling bluegrass hills, Keeneland remains a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

Keeneland clings to tradition with the call for the races, paddock walks, tailgating, and the ivy covered clubhouse, but has conceded to some changes in recent years including hiring an announcer for races, and installing a new all-weather Polytrack surface to reduce injuries to horses.
-- JC

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