11:23am

Fri October 7, 2011
Sports

Keeneland Kicks Off 75th Celebration

Thousands of race fans are brushing up on their handicapping and flipping through the Daily Racing Form for an October tradition in Lexington: the fall meet at Keeneland. Nine graded stakes races are slated for this weekend, including the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile and the Dixiana Breeder's Futurity. 

"What these horses are doing are getting their last major prep in before the Breeder's Cup, getting those important earnings. So if you come out here, you're going to see the best of the best before you see them run in November," says Keeneland spokeswoman Julie Balog. 

The fall meet, which runs through October 29th, marks the 75th anniversary of Keeneland. The Lexington track ran its first race on October 15th, 1936. 

Balog says Keeneland has a rich history but is always looking for ways to innovate and use technology. 

"This will be the first meet that people can wager from their smartphone if they're here. It's called FastBet. We want people to take advantage of that. Maybe you want to not leave your seat, but you want to wager, you can do that from your smartphone." 

The 17-day meet opens Friday and runs through October 29.