Keeneland to Hold Five Day Meeting in July


Keeneland announced they will hold a five day race meeting from July 8-12. (Photo credit:

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Race Dates Committee today approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free, five-day Summer Meet, to be held Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12.

“Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to our request, and we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these unprecedented times,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We also thank Ellis Park for their cooperation in this process and for making these non-traditional dates available to Keeneland. We look forward to sharing more details about the Summer Meet in the coming weeks.”

“We are all in this together, and Ellis Park is pleased to work with Keeneland on a plan that benefits our horsemen and Kentucky racing,” Ellis Park General Manager Jeffrey Inman said.

Keeneland plans to host 9-10 races each day of the Summer Meet, and feature 10 graded stakes traditionally run during the track’s Spring Meet, anchored by the $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), preps for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively.

Keeneland Stakes Schedule

Date Stakes Division Distance
July 10 $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) 4YOs & Up 1 Mile (T)
July 10 $100,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented
by Keeneland Select
3YO Fillies 7 Furlongs, 184’
July 11 $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) 3YOs 1 1/8 Miles
July 11 $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) 3YO Fillies 1 1/16 Miles
July 11 $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) 4YOs & Up, F&M 1 1/16 Miles (T)
July 11 $250,000 Madison (G1)  4YOs & Up, F&M 7 Furlongs
July 11 $150,000 Shakertown (G2) 3YOs & Up 5 1/2 Furlongs
July 11 $150,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented
by Japan Racing Association
3YO Fillies 1 Mile (T)
July 12 $175,000 TVG Elkhorn (G2) 4YOs & Up 1½ Miles (T)
July 12 $100,000 Kentucky Utilities
Transylvania (G3)
3YOs 1 1/16 Miles (T)



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9 Nest 87
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