For the third time in history, the eyes of the world will be on Keeneland in November, as the famous course plays host to the year-ending Breeders’ Cup. Over the course of two days, there will be 14 prestigious races staged, with over $31 million in prize money up for grabs.
The biggest race remains the Classic, as Flightline is the favorite according to Breeders’ Cup betting odds. He looks to cement his place in the history books as one of the finest equine stars we have ever seen.
But, for those visiting Keeneland this year to attend the Breeders’ Cup, what should you know before traveling?
Those that attend meets at Keeneland throughout the year have become experts in ensuring that they have the best possible experience. One of the most encouraging ways to begin the day at the track is perfect for those early risers, as fans can watch the horses work out in the mornings, long before the first race is due off. Attending early can ensure that you get up close and personal with some of the biggest stars, and get a glimpse into the world of racing behind the scenes.
While the majority of services available at the track will accept card, there’s nothing close to putting a bet on at the trackside stalls. That is especially the case at Keeneland, as the bookies are the friendliest that you can expect to find anywhere in the world.
If you’re looking for some help making your bet, then they can offer their expert knowledge when it comes to the type of selection your should make. Furthermore, cash is also king when it comes to buying a pre-race programme for the days racing ahead, while you can also spend some of your winnings on the Breeders’ Cup exclusive drinks, such as the Torrie Cup or Garland.
Getting To The Track
One of the biggest concerns that many racegoers will have before attending the Breeders’ Cup meet will be how they get to the track. However, there is a number of different ways to get to Keeneland. The most popular form of transport is by car, and parking at the track is straightforward. Each parking pass will have a clear entry gate and specific location to park.
However, there is also a very popular park-and-ride program, where visitors can get a public shuttle to and from the track from a designated location. There is also ADA accessible parking for those that should need it, and a wide selection of charter/hire vehicles and rideshares.
What To Wear
There will be specific guidelines when it comes to fashion depending on the section that you are placed. For those with general admission, smart/casual is expected, which means that visitors will not be able to wear tennis shoes, but a hat or suit is optional.
However, the most strict guidelines come in the Keeneland Clubhouse and Thoroughbred Club, as all male visitors will need to wear a tie, while no denim or abbreviated attire is allowed. Female visitors in both sections will be required to wear race day attire.
Catch A Preview Show
After all the plans for the raceday are finalised, visitors than then get excited about the action that they are going to witness. There will be a number of preview shows taking place around Keeneland and the local area ahead of the Breeders’ Cup, which means that bettors can find some interesting tips for the races taking place.
Some of the most popular preview shows will also include a panel of experts, which means that you could also attend meet-and-greets with some of the biggest names in world racing.
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