Keeneland race Track / Fall Meet 2008 / Lexington Kentucky
Out-of-towners show up to see the horses but Kentuckians go there to watch the people.
Keeneland Race Track in Lexington Kentucky is quite a legendary place and horse race aficionados will tell you that there is no place in the world like it.
An exquisite jewel set in the center of The Horse Capitol Of The World.
It is with out a doubt the most beautiful race track anywhere. A showcase for owners to present their best horses to well heeled spectators and serious horse people.
It's hard to put it into words, but here it is about pageantry, nobility, elegance and thrill of Thoroughbred racing.
The feel here is very much like racing in England.
My picture is of the walking ring where the brightly dressed jockeys get final instructions from trainers and get ready to be walked to the track.
The elegant atmosphere at Keeneland has been the same since the 1930's. Amazing to many is that it is only open for racing twice a year...in the spring and then in the fall.
Today when this picture was taken it was a rainy day and the big race was The Bluegrass Stakes...a prep race that sometimes determines what colts are ready to go to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Everything is built with comfort and beauty in mind. I don't think a single drop of rain touched my head once I arrived at the door and had fun all day upstairs in a glass front corporate box overlooking the track. Many people like the Phoenix Room that has a view of this paddock. I visited with good friends and snapped a few pictures from the windows.
The Keeneland Meeting of 17 days of racing begins on October 3 and continues through the 25th.
Keeneland will offer a record $5.4 million in purses for its 19 stakes races, marking one of the richest stakes programs in North America.
On October 11th, Keeneland Race track will also host the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), an internationally renowned invitational for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
This fall season, Keeneland will become North America's first high-definition racetrackand will live race coverage and limited simulcasts in high-definition format. Additional HD broadcasts of Keenelandwill be available via on-track television monitors, infield LED tote board and also HD-compatible ESPN telecasts.
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