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What to expect for race fans when Keeneland Fall Meet opens October 8th

Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 10:57:07-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — When racing begins this Friday at the 2021 fall meet, there will be some things race fans need to know about.

“As we looked at the operations on our grounds and staffing challenges that everyone is facing, we wanted to make sure we could deliver on that (Keeneland) experience, and no one wants to come here and wait in line for hours,” said Kara Heissenbuttel, the track’s Director of Patron Experience.


Keeneland officials hope the attendance limit of 20,000 plus people will lessen wait times at concession stands and betting windows while affording those inside more space to spread out.

Traditions like big tailgate parties on “The Hill” are also back in play at the fall meet. No tickets or reservations are required to watch and wager on from that area on Fridays and Saturdays.


“We are so excited to have the hill back open, and you can wager from the hill, or through the Keeneland select account,” Heissenbuttel added.

A quick reminder, tickets are already sold out for this Friday and Saturday. The fall meet runs through October 30th.

There is a 48-hour return available on General Admission, Reserved Seat, and dining tickets. You can check out as inventory will be automatically updated and available for purchase online.