Plan your perfect day at Keeneland

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away.

Jockeys + racehorses competing at Keeneland.

Budget or not, there’s plenty of ways to have fun at Keeneland. | Photo by

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We’re just one week out from the 2024 Keeneland Spring Meet.

Whether you enjoy testing your luck by betting or like to keep things low-key in the tailgate, we’ve rounded up how you can have your best day at Keeneland.

A wall filled with colorful numbered tags

Get ready for the Spring Meet before Keeneland’s $93 million renovation is completed. | Photo by LEXtoday

Ballin’ on a budget

Tailgating at Keeneland is almost a rite of passage. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy the grounds — without breaking the bank.

  • Eat: Grab a cooler, some hotdogs + a gas grill from your local Kroger, or a couple of deli sandwiches from Wilson’s Grocery for the perfect lunch on The Hill.
  • Shop: Dressing your best doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. We recommend heading to Pop’s Resale or Street Scene to get all your vintage Keeneland duds.
  • Tickets: The best part of The Hill? It’s free to tailgate, offers complimentary shuttle service to the Grandstand area, and has a big screen to watch the races live. For a closer view, snag a $7-$10 general admission ticket.

Don’t forget: This year, paved rows and parking spaces will require permits. The cost will be $10 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $20 Friday-Sunday. The handicap parking + Meadow and Hill lots will remain free.

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There’s so many ways to horse around at Keeneland, like with this Keeneland Lemonade. | Photo courtesy of @lovethebluegrass

Living lavishly

If you’ve got a few extra dollars to spend, you won’t say neigh to any of these suggestions.

  • Eat: On-site dining at Keeneland Track Kitchen is perfect way to start off your day. Grab some breakfast and you might even get to say hay to a jockey.
  • Shop: Weather in Lexington can be unpredictable, so we always suggest bringing a few layers like a stylish pullover from Morton James. For sunnier days, snag a pair of sunglasses from Shady Rays to pair with a sundress from Peplum Boutique or sports coat from Logan’s of Lexington.
  • Tickets: Various ticket packages give you the ability to customize your day. Want a business casual atmosphere? The Phoenix Dining Room is a great option. If you want a more immersive experience, Grandstand area tickets range $15-$25.
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