Each April and October in the Horse Capital of the World, Thoroughbred racing is showcased at the highest level, drawing the world's best horses and horsemen to one of the world's most beautiful race courses.
Spring Meet 2017: April 7 through 28
No racing Mondays or Tuesdays or on Easter
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Purchase tickets for one of the four dining rooms and you'll get to experience Keeneland's world-class cuisine and place your bets from the comfort of your table. Learn all about your dining options at www.keeneland.com.
General Admission is only $5 (children 12 and under are free) and gives you access to bench seating trackside. Reserved seats are individual seats with backs and arm rests, under cover. The cost for reserved seats ranges from $8 to $20 depending on the day.
In partnership with Keeneland, Red Mile offers free round-trip shuttle service on Fridays and Saturdays during meets. Park at the Red Mile entertainment complex, just five miles from Keeneland. Take advantage of ample parking at Red Mile and travel to Keeneland via shuttles departing every 30 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The final shuttle on both days will depart from Keeneland one hour after the last race to return to Red Mile, where fans can enjoy simulcast racing and over Instant Racing Machines.
Plan Ahead for Derby Day at Keeneland
Not able to get tickets to the Kentucky Derby? Come to Lexington for the world's largest Derby Party, held at Keeneland on the first Saturday in May. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the paddock, or make reservations in one of the dining rooms. Watch the race on one of 1,000 televisions or on the jumbotron. Special kids activities help make this a great event for the whole family. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and general admission is $5.
If you truly want to experience Derby Day in style, reserve a table for Keeneland's Derby Bash held in the Entertainment Center and Keene Barn. You'll enjoy a Kentucky themed buffet, a mint julep, souvenir program, live music, snacks and cash bar. For more information about Derby Day at Keeneland, click here.
They may run in Louisville, but Lexington is where more thoroughbreds are bred, born, bought and sold, trained, raced and retired than any place in the world!
Horse Farm Tours
Visiting a private thoroughbred farm is a "must do" for racing fans. Be sure to make your reservations EARLY if you are visiting during a race meet or at Kentucky Derby time. Farms accept visitors only by advance arrangement. See this link to find out everything you need to know about visiting the most prestigious horse farms in the world.