8:00am - 4:00pm Location: Keeneland Address: 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40510 Website
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Founded in 1936, the historic race track and National Landmark hosts world-class racing during its spring and fall meets and is also the world’s largest and most prominent Thoroughbred auction house. In 2009, Keeneland’s timeless beauty also provided a picturesque location for the filming of Disney’s Secretariat. Now, more than eight decades since its inception, Keeneland continues to represent the best in Thoroughbred racing and tradition. Live racing begins at 1:05 p.m. with $5 general admission.
Secretariat Festival activities will be located at the Sales Pavilion’s Limestone Cafe near the Grandstand entrance. Festival admission is free and will allow access to onsite Festival activities including the greatly anticipated public debut of the Secretariat Bronze Monument with unveiling ceremony to take place outside the Sales Pavilion entrance at approximately 10:45 a.m. Following the unveiling, guests will have several opportunities to see its craftsmanship up close and take photographs of this masterpiece — maybe even a selfie with one of the Festival’s celebrities!
Guests will again have the much-anticipated opportunity to participate in our special Secretariat Festival Tours. Please click on the links below for prices and reservations for Saturday’s tours:
Keeneland Backside Legends Tours – These 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. morning tours of the historic Keeneland grounds offer guests a view of horse racing rarely seen by the general public. Each guided walking tour, co-hosted by one or more Hall of Fame jockeys, includes watching morning workouts, visiting the active barn area, and a rare insider’s look at some of the nation’s leading stables as they make preparations for the race day. Tours last approximately one hour. Please check in for tour at the Welcome Desk at the Sales Pavilion main entrance.
Claiborne Farm Tours – Reservations are now being accepted for offsite tours of the famed breeding operation where Secretariat lived out his life as a stallion and is buried in his hallowed grave. Enjoy the Festival’s expanded access Legacy Tour (Waiting List Only) departing Keeneland via motor coach at 1:30 p.m., with visits to the broodmare and foaling pastures as well as the famed Marchmont Cemetery. This designated “Legends of the Turf” Tour will be co-hosted by Steve Haskin and return to Keeneland by 4:00 p.m. For those who choose to visit Claiborne on their own, Stallion tours only are also available at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., with opportunities to see 2014 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, champion Blame, and the internationally accomplished stallion War Front among others. Stallion tours last approximately one hour. Please check in for Legacy Tour at the Welcome Desk at the Sales Pavilion main entrance.
Lane’s End Farm Tour – Waiting List Only – New to the Festival is a visit to one of the Bluegrass region’s most prestigious farms to see A.P. Indy, the venerable 30-year-old grandson of Secretariat as well as his son and promising young stallion Honor Code and a star-studded lineup that includes 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate, 2000 Eclipse Award winner Lemon Drop Kid, and 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. Other prolific sires standing at Lane’s End include Candy Ride and Mineshaft as well as newcomer City of Light. This 1.5-hour “Legends of the Turf” Tour will be co-hosted by Steve Haskin and will depart via motor coach from Keeneland at 8:45 a.m. and return at 10:30 a.m. — in the time to enjoy the Secretariat Monument unveiling.
Saturday Festival Forums will offer fans access to discussions with our special guests along with the opportunities to ask questions and hear insiders’ experiences of Big Red. Forums will take place in the separate seating space adjacent to the main domed area of the Limestone Cafe.
A Chat with the Artist – Meet Secretariat Monument artist Jocelyn Russell, who will provide the fascinating backstory about the making of this historical bronze sculpture. Approximately 45 minutes, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with Q&A session to follow.
Treating Secretariat – Meet the esteemed Kentucky equine veterinarian Dr. Robert Copelan, who sheds light on the circumstances surrounding Secretariat’s abscess that led to his loss in the Wood Memorial and his subsequent treatment leading up to the 1973 Kentucky Derby. Approximately 45 minutes, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Q&A session to follow.