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General Information
President & CEO
Bill Thomason
Address: 
4201 Versailles Rd
Lexington, KY 40510
Main Phone: 
(859) 254-3412
Racing Office: 
(800) 456-9896
Fax: 
(859) 288-4176
Owner Hospitality: 
Name: 
Katherine McKee - Stakes
Phone: 
(859) 288-4289
Name: 
Phoebe Wiley - Non Stakes
Phone: 
(859) 288-4305
About Us: 

Located in the heart of Central Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region, Keeneland plays an important role in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding.

From its inception in 1936, Keeneland’s founders, led by respected horsemen Hal Price Headley and Major Louis Beard, intended it to be a special place—one that symbolizes the best in Thoroughbred racing. Today, Keeneland continues to be guided by that original mission, taking a leadership role in the industry to improve safety, promote integrity and preserve racing’s storied history.

Each April and October, the nation’s best Thoroughbred owners, trainers and jockeys converge at Keeneland to compete for some of North America’s richest purse money.  The spring meeting is anchored by the Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland Stakes, Grade 1 prep races for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively. Keeneland’s fall meeting opens with FallStars Weekend, featuring nine graded stakes, led by the Shadwell Turf Mile, Darley Alcibiades, Juddmonte Spinster, Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity and First Lady, all Grade 1 stakes which have served as a springboard to Breeders’ Cup success for many horses.

As the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland has sold more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company, including 83 Breeders’ Cup World Championship winners; 19 Kentucky Derby winners; 21 Preakness winners; 18 Belmont winners; 11 recipients of the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year; and five Epsom Derby winners. Keeneland’s global brand attracts a diverse international clientele, with buyers representing nearly every U.S. state and 50 countries attending its four annual sales.

Keeneland is a National Historic Landmark, and its beautiful, park-like grounds are open to the public every day. Fans also are welcome to visit the Keeneland Library, one of the world’s largest informational and pictorial repositories related to Thoroughbred racing.

For the first time, The Breeder's Cup Championships will be held at Keeneland Race Course October 30th and 31st in 2015.

Race Dates: 
Spring Meet
Apr 7 2017 to Apr 28 2017
Fall Meet
Oct 6 2017 to Oct 28 2017
Number of Race Days: 
32
Graded Stakes: 
30
Other Stakes: 
3
Track Details: 
Track Surface: 
Dirt
Track Size: 
1 1/16 Mile
Track Surface: 
Turf Course
Track Size: 
7.5 Furlongs
Track Surface: 
Polytrack
Track Size: 
5 Furlongs
Keeneland is a proud supporter of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).
Keeneland has passed the NTRA's certification for Safety and Integrity.
Click here to learn more about the NTRA certification process.