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Keeneland Fall Meet will be closed to general public

Horses will run at Keeneland this fall, but once again, the general public will not be allowed in the stands.

Today, the racetrack announced that the Fall Meet, which takes place October 2-24, will be closed to the public. Only a limited number of participants and essential personnel will be allowed to attend, including those with a competing horse. Sponsors, box holders and Club members will also have limited access.

“The safety of our employees, our participants and our fans remains Keeneland’s top priority,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We have the most loyal fans in the world and we cannot wait for the day when we can welcome them back for live racing. The decision to close the meet to the public was made after consulting with local and state government officials and public health experts and monitoring how various sporting venues and events around the world have operated during the pandemic. With the guidance of these experts and lessons learned from recent events, we know this is the responsible course of action.”

As with the Summer Meet and September Yearling Sale, Keeneland will implement strict health and safety protocols to combat the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Individuals permitted to come onto the Keeneland grounds will be credentialed or ticketed in advance. Seating will be assigned and properly social distanced on race days.
  • Participants include those with a competing horse, including a limited number of owners and trainers. Keeneland also will allow limited access to sponsors, box holders and Club members.
  • Keeneland will not permit any general admission or walk-up attendees. Credentialed participants will be assigned a seat for the race day.
  • Keeneland will maintain records to allow for contact tracing.
  • Health screenings, including a series of questions and temperature checks, will continue at all entrance gates.
  • All individuals must wear a face mask and maintain proper social distancing while at Keeneland.

The Breeders’ Cup will be held at Keeneland the first weekend of November and on Saturday, officials announced that no fans would be allowed in; however, the World Championships will return to Lexington in 2022 when all of this is over (hopefully).

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Keeneland Fall Meet will be closed to general public



  1. BowdenQB4ever
    2:20 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    A horrible new low for the state of Kentucky. Would be nice to see our athletes march against this.



  2. UKrailbird
    3:03 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Totally agree QB. First they announce no fans for Breeder’s Cup, now they ban fans from the fall meet. Very disappointed. I live in FL now, but was born/raised in Versailles. The wife and I, plus another couple of our best friends, were planning several weeks in Lexington for the final week of the fall meet and the Breeder’s Cup. Now, we will not be coming and we will not spend the thousands of $$ in KY that we would normally spend. This is another economic crush on the great Commonwealth of KY. Just imagine this multiplied by the thousands of other fans that now cannot contribute to the economic livelihood of KY. With the decisions that have been and continue to be made in KY, it may never recover from this overreactive shutdown and cancellation craziness.



  3. jaws2
    3:28 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Just as ridiculous as a jockey wearing a mask while racing around the track! This has gotten beyond out of control; it’s become all about control. At least some organizations are beginning to successfully sue states and win.



  4. rushman
    9:18 pm September 16, 2020 Permalink

    “Dandy” Beshear strikes again. What a zero.