LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Keeneland has announced that they will cancel the April sales and that races will be run without spectators at least for the first half of the meet.
"The health and safety of Keeneland’s fans, horsemen, athletes and staff are at the forefront of every decision our leadership makes about our racing, sales and hospitality operations. After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health and with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Keeneland is taking the following steps out of an abundance of caution to do our part in containing the spread of COVID-19 while upholding our commitments to the local community, the Thoroughbred industry and our staff," reads a statement from a track spokesperson.
Keeneland’s Spring Meet will open on April 2 without spectators, although the track says it will reevalute that decision on Apr. 15. Limited credentials will be provided to those with horses running.
Patrons who purchased tickets for racing dates between April 2-11 will automatically receive a full refund on those purchases. Patrons who have already purchased tickets for racing dates between April 15-24 have the option to request a full refund at any time.
For additional details and Frequently Asked Questions on this subject, please visit keeneland.com/COVID19. Keeneland will continue to update this area of our website as information becomes available.