You won’t be able to bet on the ponies from inside the track, but that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on any of the action.
On Monday, UK Athletics announced a partnership with Keeneland called “A Day at Keeneland Presented by Toyota” that will be broadcast live on Saturday, July 11 from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. EST.
Join us on Saturday, July 11 from 2 – 6 p.m. EST for "A Day at Keeneland Presented by @Toyota!" ??
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) July 6, 2020
The live, four-hour program will provide “continuous coverage of Keeneland’s Saturday card that includes six graded stakes races and the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), which will award 170 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.”, according to UK’s website.
“We are excited about this new venture with UK Sports Network to showcase our biggest day of this unprecedented Summer Meet,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said, according to UK. “This radio broadcast enhances the Keeneland at Home experience for our fans who cannot join us at the track, and it celebrates the long connection between Keeneland and the UK Wildcats. We know Big Blue Nation eagerly anticipates the chance to hopefully enjoy more UK football-Keeneland racing doubleheaders this fall.”
Tom Leach will host the event, which will air on 630 WLAP (sound familiar?), the iHeartRadio app, and live-streamed on the UK Athletics website. The University also announced a couple of added bonuses to the event.
- A chat between UK football coach Mark Stoops and Hall of Fame trainer and Lexington native Shug McGaughey;
- Classic race call from the legendary UK football and men’s basketball announcer Cawood Ledford of the 1979 Blue Grass Stakes won by Spectacular Bid; and
- Interviews with Keeneland trainers about their racing connections and passion for UK sports.
Keeneland’s Summer Meet officially begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday, with the first race expected to post at 1:05 p.m. each day. Every race will be streamed live on Keeneland.com.