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keeneland oct meeting

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keeneland oct meeting

hello,my wife and I will be in Lexington the weekend of October 3-5th.

we will be going to the racetrack on one or more of these dates, i note it seems high value stakes meetings so I assume it will be busy. will we just be able to pitch up and pay for general admission and will there be queues to purchase tickets or would it be better to purchase the tickets online in advance. is there a separate gate for people who have purchased tickets online or do we have to queue in the same line as the general admin on the day ticket purchasers. many thanks john

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1. Re: keeneland oct meeting

Needless to say, getting you inside is an easy process, the only difference is where you wish to sit - general admission, reserved seating, or upstairs (which has a dress code). You'll need tickets in advance for the last two. You never wait long to get in one way or the other.

The only waits are at the paramutual windows to buy or collect your winnings and those are brief. You should immediately read the signs showing the way to order your tickets which speeds up the process. The sellers are people oriented so they're used to dealing with patrons unfamiliar with the system.

Some tips:

Keeneland is a beautiful racecourse, a place where moneyed horse breeders bring their animals to test them against their best competition. The October meet draws sheiks and big money for the yearling sale that goes on at that same time. Ladies are often seen in skirts and heels - and hats for big stakes races - while gentlemen are often seen wearing tweed, but nice casual clothes are acceptable except in the upstairs which requires a jacket.

You'll need to try the Burgoo, a beef stew like speciality of Kentucky as well as a Mint Julip(bourbon distilleries abound in the area), a mint enfused bourbon cocktail, most refreshing. If you'd like a taste of real Southern cooking, rise at dawn and have breakfast at the track kitchen in the barn area then go watch the workouts. Keeneland is the only track of which I'm familiar that permits the public in the barn area.

To do your handicapping, you'll need a copy of the Daily Racing Form that contains the past performance charts for the horses entered in that day's races. It's available locally in print for a few dollars, or better still on-line with a credit card two days in advance which allows more consideration time.

Finally, after the races are over, drive down to Shakertown at Pleasant Hill on US68 for a fine dinner. A restored village of the religious order founded by Mother Anne Lee in 1776 when she arrived from England, this village was established in the early 19th century and restored in the 1970's offering overnight accommodations in the restored buildings and original recipes in the dining rooms. A must see.

Hope this helps and welcome!!

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2. Re: keeneland oct meeting

Buy tickets online. They will go fast. Tickets go on sale August 1. There are several options but the main advantage of getting tickets is to have a place to roost from time to time. Be sure to read the descriptions of the rooms as one of the dining rooms doesn't face the track. The Equestrian room is more casual than the others but still gives you a reserved table for the day. The upstairs rooms are dressier. All of the rooms have their own betting windows so there is seldom a wait.

The line to get in isn't a big issue.

Edited: 24 June 2014, 03:06
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3. Re: keeneland oct meeting

Buy tickets online. They will go fast. Tickets go on sale August 1. There are several options but the main advantage of getting tickets is to have a place to roost from time to time. Be sure to read the descriptions of the rooms as one of the dining rooms doesn't face the track. The Equestrian room is more casual than the others but still gives you a reserved table for the day. The upstairs rooms are dressier. All of the rooms have their own betting windows so there is seldom a wait.

The line to get in isn't a big issue.

Edited: 24 June 2014, 03:07
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4. Re: keeneland oct meeting

hi,thanks for the quick replies, I will probably get the tickets online. that breakfast in the barn sounds great then the workouts .we will be going to Churchill downs and belterra park in the previous weeks of our holiday so it will be interesting to compare them. to be honest on our previous visits to tracks in the usa the wife just picks the nice names and she has more success than when I pick them studying form.go figure.anyway we will be looking forward to visiting Kentucky in sept/oct and meeting all you nice people. greetings from Scotland. john

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