Keeneland Race Track
Located in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, Keeneland, a National Historic Landmark, 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 Meet 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 Meet opens with Fall Stars Weekend, featuring nine graded stakes, led by the Shadwell Turf Mile, Darley Alcibiades, Juddmonte Spinster, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and First Lady, all Grade 1 stakes that 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 repositories of information and photographs related to Thoroughbred racing.
Home of the 2015 Breeders' Cup
For the first time, the Breeders' Cup was held here, the cradle of the breeding industry and the heart of the Bluegrass state, where the very idea of the Breeders’ Cup was conceived.
Keeneland, one of the most iconic tracks in the country, hosted the Breeders' Cup with classic elegance and eliminated any doubt that Lexington could host a world-class event. It was here that American Pharoah made history and broke the Keeneland track record.
Home of RunTheBluegrass
Home of Lexington's RunTheBluegrass Half-Marathon each spring (typically the Saturday before Spring Meet), Keeneland offers special Behind-the-Scenes Tours to our runners and their guests, with breakfast in the famous Track Kitchen as well as the opportunity to see some of the early morning workouts!