The Keeneland Association is set to host fans at full capacity for its 2021 Fall Meet, and will offer a record $6 million in stakes purses along with new ticket packages for General Admission, Reserved Seating and dining.
Tickets for The Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 8-30 will be available starting Monday, Aug. 16 through Keeneland’s e-ticketing platform at tickets.keeneland.com, and fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.
“Keeneland is thrilled to welcome greater numbers of fans back to the track for what promises to be a terrific Fall Meet,” Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. “We look forward to being together again as a community and watching great Thoroughbred racing in this beautiful surrounding. As we look ahead to Keeneland’s 85th anniversary this fall, we know reconnecting with those people and places that are special to us will be even more meaningful.”
The Fall Meet schedule will consist of 22 races which include Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend, 10 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races, two 6-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds, the Bowman Mill and the Myrtlewood for fillies and six multiple stakes race days.
“The racing excitement will be elevated by record purse money, additional stakes, blockbuster days featuring multiple stakes events throughout the meet and Breeders’ Cup-bound horses competing for automatic berths in the World Championships,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing Gatewood Bell said. “The quality of racing and the high level of competition among the nation’s top stables will appeal to horsemen and fans alike.”
Along with the extended race schedule, Keeneland will offer new customized tailgate event services at The Hill, including new dining options, local food trucks, live music and wagering.
“We appreciate the loyalty of our horsemen, horseplayers and fans, and we are committed to delivering the most memorable race-day experience possible,” Arvin said. “While challenging, this past year provided us the opportunity to review every facet of our operations and experiences for our guests. From expanding our advance-purchase ticketing options to providing new concession and dining offerings and better leveraging technology, we are excited to roll out these enhancements while remaining one of the region’s best values for world-class entertainment.”