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A picture perfect local tailgate at Keeneland

Win the best tailgate, place your bets, and show off your hosting skills.

A tailgate set up with glasses, trays of bitesized snacks + bourbon

You dressed up, why not dress up your tailgate? | Photo by Kate McClung

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The 2023 Keeneland Fall Meet returns this Friday, Oct. 6, bringing world class thoroughbreds + thousands of visitors to the Horse Capital of the World.

Before we get into building our perfect local tailgate spread, let’s take a look at some quick picks as you plan your visit.

  • If you haven’t already, get your tickets. Prices vary per day, ranging from $7 to $150.
  • Remember: There’s no racing on Mondays or Tuesdays, but you can see take a Morning Works Tour or eat at The Track Kitchen. Watch what the pros told us to order.

Also, consider this your heads up to book any October dinner reservations ASAP.

A wide angle view of a home good store Syers Browning

Syers Browning is chock full of entertaining and hosting of all types. | Photo by LEXtoday

The set up

First things first, know the dos + don’ts for tailgating at Keeneland. The Hill and The Meadow are the most spacious for hosting larger groups, but you can also snag a parking spot Paved Parking Rows.

Bonus: The Hill will host live music every Friday-Sunday, bringing in acts like Restless Leg String Band + Grayson Jenkins to add to the already immaculate vibes.

  • Set the scene with equestrian accents from Syers Browning. Think: ice buckets, decorative napkins, and julep cups.
  • Stirrup and snaffle servewear paired with horse and jockey placemats + tumblers from Pomegranate are a winning bet.

The sips + snacks

As always, bet and drink responsibly + remember to order your Ubers and Lyfts ahead of time.

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