Keeneland has lots planned for its Fall meet starting Saturday

Backside Kitchen at Keeneland

Backside Kitchen at Keeneland

Since its inaugural season 80 years ago, Keeneland has continued its founders’ goals of presenting the finest in Thoroughbred racing while serving the local community.

During the 2016 Fall Meet, Keeneland will present a number of special events that exemplify its philanthropic endeavors while creating opportunities to engage racegoers and showcase Thoroughbred racing.

Featured Events are:

HERO Campaign Kick-Off – Saturday, Oct. 8 – Keeneland again will team up with the HERO Campaign to promote the use of safe and sober designated drivers. Campaign at the East and South Gates throughout the race meet.

Jockey Autograph Signing – Sunday Oct. 9 – Meet retired jockeys and active Keeneland riders in an autograph signing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET adjacent to the Paddock.

Make-A-Wish Day – Thursday Oct. 13 – Local Thoroughbred farms and organizations have joined Keeneland to grant the wishes of nine deserving children.

College Scholarship Day – Friday, Oct. 14 – Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association invite college students from near and far to a day at the races.

See Blue Day at the Races – Friday, Oct. 21 – Keeneland and the University of Kentucky dedicate a day of racing to UK students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Heroes Day Delivered by Papa John’s – Sunday, Oct. 23 – Keeneland recognizes those who serve our community and our country. All active-duty military, veterans and first responders and their families will receive free general admission and reserved Grandstand seating. Free food and children’s activities will be available in the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m.

Halloween Edition of Sunrise Trackside – Saturday, Oct. 29 – An appearance by the Headless Horseman marks this fun and festive Keeneland tradition. Popular Weekly Activities

The Hill – Fridays and Saturdays – At Keeneland’s official tailgating area, fans not only set up their own elaborate spreads but have access to local food trucks, a jumbo television screen to watch racing and football, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs and free shuttles to the track. On Saturdays, Central Kentucky’s favorite Bluegrass bands perform from 12 to 4 p.m.

Sunrise Trackside – Saturday mornings – This free, family-friendly event invites fans to experience the unique nature of morning workouts, enjoy breakfast and participate in tours, children’s activities, a Paddock demonstration, a handicapping seminar and a question-and-answer session with a Keeneland jockey.

Craft Beer Tent – Fridays and Saturdays (except Friday, Oct. 14)

Keeneland 2016 Fall Meet at a Glance – Post time: 1:05 p.m. ET. Gates open at 11 a.m. No racing on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission: $5. Free for children 12 and younger. See for more information.