Located in the heart of horse country, this National Historic Landmark has been operating for decades and provides spectacular thoroughbred horse racing.
When opening in 1936, Keeneland's founders wanted it to be an exceptional place. Keeneland decided from the beginning to preserve customs and always advance the production of thoroughbred racing. The Keeneland Association, Inc. has two distinct divisions. One is the racecourse racing facility, and the other is the Keeneland Sales horse auction complex. Keeneland is also known for the reference library. The racecourse is internationally renowned, and the auction complex is one of the industry's very best.
Visitors are always welcome, and the public can visit almost every day of the year. Feel free to walk the beautiful, expansive grounds, watch and possibly make a bet on a favorite thoroughbred horse, or attend 1 of the 3 horse auctions held annually. Tours offered here include the morning workouts and backstretch tours. There are a few things that visitors should be aware of, such as the dress code. You must wear a suit or sport coat, dress slacks, a dress shirt with a collar, and a tie. Clothing should be comparable for women including but not limited to skirts, dresses, tailored pantsuits, or dress slacks. You can take photos but must follow the rules.
Watching a race with the thoroughbreds is a spectacle, and the horses are magnificent! The best horses, owners, jockeys, and trainers meet here every April and October to compete. In the words of Keeneland, "racing as it was meant to be."