2019’s Race Week Tours, Parties and Special Events!

**Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 14, 9:00am ET

Champions of Racing Experience

Champions of Racing Experience

Thursday, March 28

11:00am - 4:30pm


This intimate small group tour takes you to two of our most exquisite Bluegrass Thoroughbred Farms: WinStar Farm and Ashford Stud! You’ll tour the grounds of both, meeting many former champion race horses, including our very own Triple Crown Champion, Justify!

Lunch at The Stave restaurant is included - with a special cocktail flight to sample! - and as always there'll be plenty of drinks and snacks aboard your chartered bus!

“A Taste of Pepper” Experience

Friday, March 29

10:15 AM - 4:00 PM


If you like bourbon, history, ice cream, bourbon, beer, bourbon…this experience is for you!

Enjoy the scenic drive from Keeneland to Woodford Reserve (originally the Old Oscar Pepper property!) where you’ll learn the craft and history of their world-renowned bourbon whiskey, tour the grounds and taste the goods!

Then we’ll take you to the James E. Pepper Distillery District, just outside of downtown, for a plethora of fun! Enjoy lunch at Goodfellas Pizzeria and Wise Guy Lounge, sample some local ice cream at Crank & Boom, pop in to our beer sponsor’s establishment for a sip, and also tour the newly re-opened and completely renovated James E. Pepper distillery.

As always, your tour hosts will be well-equipped with stories, drinks and snacks along the way, as well!

From the beautiful drives to the amazing bourbons, and everything else you’ll have the chance to experience, this is a tour you don’t want to miss!

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Triple Crown Experience

Friday, March 29

10:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Hit up three champion experiences in this one tour: meet our 2019 Honoree and Triple Crown Champion Justify at Ashford Stud, tour and taste at Woodford Reserve, and enjoy some of our very best local fare and a cocktail flight at The Stave restaurant.

You won’t find any more valuable gems than these, here in our Bluegrass! And of course, we’ll make sure you have uniquely Kentucky snacks and drinks on the ride…

WinStar + Woodford “Dream Big” Experience

Friday, March 29

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM or 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Visit two of our Bluegrass’ most exquisite properties - which also happen to be our primary partners this year: WinStar Farm and Woodford Reserve Distillery!

You’ll depart Keeneland on a luxury chartered bus, stocked with your very own tour hosts, beverages, snacks and FUN! We’ll take you to visit the Champions who reside at WinStar Farm (like Pioneer of the Nile, Tiznow, and more!) and also over to Woodford, where you’ll learn the craft of top-notch bourbon making! (p.s. You’ll also get to sample the goods in a guided bourbon tasting!)

Lunch will be provided at the distillery, for enjoyment on the patio or inside the visitor’s center.

Woodford + Justify Experience

Friday, March 29

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Meet this year’s two honorees in one experience… depart Keeneland for Woodford Reserve, where you’ll enjoy lunch, a private tour experience and guided bourbon tasting!

Next, you’ll take the scenic route past the newly reopened Castle & Key distillery, and in to Frankfort where we’ll make a special stop at the home of the Kentucky Bourbon Ball, Rebecca Ruth Candies!

Finally, you’ll make your way to Ashford Stud to meet the Champion himself, Justify (as well as a fantastic tour of the iconic grounds!)

Of course, your hosts will be stocked with snacks and beverages and lots of fun for your journey too!

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Keeneland “Behind-the-Scenes” Tour

Friday, March 29

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


For more than 75 years, The Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, April, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings back to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, as well as millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky.

Guests will start with a guided tour of the Keeneland Grandstand and Paddock The morning tour includes watching the Thoroughbreds during morning workouts, delicious breakfast in Keeneland's Track Kitchen and a visit to the Gift Shop! Space is limited so make your reservations now! Group will depart from the Grandstand South Entrance promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Craft Beer Experience

Saturday, March 30

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Chartered Tour departs from 21c Hotel

Check out three of our best craft breweries, including our own beer sponsor Ethereal Brewing, Mirror Twin Brewing and new to the Lexington scene: Rockhouse Brewery!

We’ll do the driving and provide some snacks and beer exchange on the ride; you’ll receive samples and tours at each stop. Food is available for purchase at each stop as well!

Race Day VIP Experience

Saturday, March 30

7:30am - 1:00pm


Fully catered by Keeneland Hospitality!

VIP is located inside the Keene Barn, right at our Finish Line. You will need your ticket to check in and get your VIP bracelet for all-day access.

Exclusive access to indoor restrooms

VIP Gear Check

Continental breakfast 7:30 - 9:30am.

Lunch from 11:00am - 1:00pm.

All-you-can-drink Ethereal craft beer!

ONLY those who have purchased a VIP ticket will have access to the indoor seating, restrooms and all-you-can-eat buffet and Ethereal Craft Beer!

Indoor and outdoor seating right at the Finish Line to watch your friends, family and fellow athletes complete their race!

Dedicated massage therapist

Cash bar also available!

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America’s Prettiest Half-Marathon Course Tours

Friday, March 29

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Take a ride along America's prettiest 13.1 miles, guided by a veteran of the course! Learn about our history, landscape and geography, where most runners' favorite views are and also receive running tips to get you prepped for Race Day!

Tour buses leave our Race Expo at Keeneland at various intervals between 11:00am and 5:00pm. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and capacity is 10 people per tour.

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Certified Bourbon Steward Training

Thursday, March 28

4:30pm - 6:30pm

21c Hotel (Gallery 4)

More details coming soon!

Learn to discuss, taste, and recommend America’s Native Spirit with friends and family in this fun and interactive class! You’ll learn the history and parameters of making bourbon, as well as how to create a flight and lead a tasting yourself! And of course you’ll learn how to nose and taste it, too!

2019's Post Race Celebration

Saturday, March 30

8:30pm - 11:00pm

21c Hotel Main Gallery

More details coming soon!

Let’s Party!

Celebrate another great year together with karaoke, dancing, and a live auction!

Cash bar available.


Bourbon 101

Friday, March 29 3:00pm

Saturday March 30 6:00pm

21c Hotel (Gallery 4)

More details coming soon!

Think you don’t like bourbon? Or maybe you’ve never tried it?

Guided by an Executive Bourbon Steward, you will taste and enjoy the many nuances and flavors in our favorite Kentucky spirit! You’ll also find out why “all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon,” and all its different styles and types!

Justins' House Of Bourbon Rare and Vintage Bourbon Tasting

Thursday 3/28 4:00 PM

Friday, 3/29 4:00 PM or 8:00 PM

More details coming soon!

Justins’ has stockpiled a collection of amazingly rare and unique bourbons, in their downtown Lexington store. But you’ll get to experience something truly special when they take you in to the “speakeasy” room for a guided experience. You’ll sample four hard-to-find, rarely seen bourbons, while learning all about them, the bourbon heritage in Kentucky and many more stories as well!

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