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Keeneland to withhold fans from spring meet amid coronavirus concerns

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Keeneland Spring Meet 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland has announced that its Spring Meet will open on April 2 without spectators. However, a limited number of credentials will be provided to those directly connected to horses running at Keeneland. The track will work with government officials and relevant health authorities to consider re-opening to spectators on April 15. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the fans, staff and horsemen that make up the Keeneland community. Keeneland’s goal is to showcase the best of thoroughbred racing in a safe and transparent environment for everyone involved.

Patrons who purchased tickets for racing dates between April 2-11 will automatically receive a full refund on those purchases. Patrons who have already purchased tickets for racing dates between April 15-24 have the option to request a full refund at any time.

With this same caution, Keeneland has canceled the 2020 April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. Based on the ongoing discussions with government authorities, we concluded that this decision aligns best with our commitment and responsibility to put the safety and health of our community above all else.

“While our horsemen and fans are certainly disappointed about us having to take these measures, it is critical to protect the health and safety of our patrons, employees and participants from the spread of COVID-19,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We take our responsibility to the community and the horse industry seriously and we will continue to work in partnership with government authorities.”

Additionally, Keeneland’s leadership team is actively working to ensure all Keeneland employees have access to support measures as the situation continues to evolve.

The increased health and safety precautions implemented to date, including increased access to hand-sanitizing stations, more frequent cleaning and disinfecting activities and expanded access to contactless payment and wagering platforms, remain in place this spring and beyond, and will continue to expand as advised by government authorities. Patrons are urged to practice common sense public health practices by avoiding direct contact and staying home if sick.

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