Twice A Year

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 6, 2009 in General Discussion, Other Events | No Comments >>

Heaven for horseplayers happens twice a year in Kentucky. It is in April and October. It happens when those beautiful gates at Keeneland Race Course swing open.

I love the trek down to Lexington, Kentucky. I am blessed as a fan to live 75 miles away. In the fall, the foliage cannot be described. The spring brings the hope of things to come. What more could you ask for? I believe that H.A.N.A named them the #1 track in America. That says it all….

The track was purchased by Jack Keene in 1935 for $130,00o and some stock options. Looking back, it was a steal that could not be matched. Opening day was October 15, 1936. The meet ran from the 15th to the 24th. The total attendance for the meet was 25,337. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1986. You can add that it was the first track to use poly track. They were training on this surface long before Turfway Park put it into use… By the way, they also own Turfway Park with Harrah’s Entertainment.

Is it the sales? The caliber of horses that run there? The way the crowds applaud runners as they come back to unsaddle? Could it be the finely dressed University of Kentucky students? Or, just the average every day player enjoying the sunshine? I think it is all of the above that makes it what it is….

The poly track plays well for closers, and the turf course loves those who come from the back of the pack. The burgoo is second to none, and the beer is cold… You can watch state of the art equipment, or just relish the action. You make the call. The signal is even great on the screen. You get first rate action from yo to go….. Don’t miss out on the action. They run every day except Monday and Tuesday. First post is 1:10 p.m.  The meet ends on the 31st, and this weekend is the last chance to catch runners stamping their ticket to the Breeders’ Cup…

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