LEXINGTON, KY (April 14, 2012) – Keeneland shattered its single-day attendance and all-sources wagering records on Toyota Blue Grass Day, Saturday, April 14.
On-track attendance of 40,617 crushed the previous record of 33,821 set on Saturday, April 21, 2007, Coolmore Lexington Stakes Day. The former record for a Toyota Blue Grass Day attendance was 33,727 set on April 10, 2010.
“This was a historic day at Keeneland and we are humbled by the depth and the breadth of support shown by our community and our industry,” said Nick Nicholson, President and CEO of Keeneland. “We are fortunate to have the greatest fan base in the world and they came out in droves today to enjoy the high-quality racing. This is proof that Thoroughbred racing showcased at the highest level has a bright future. Plus, it was a thrilling Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. We want to thank everyone who helped make this day special.”
All-sources wagering of $21,647,378.17 broke the former record of $19,246,840 set on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April 14, 2007.
The day’s program, which included the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1), $175,000 Commonwealth (G3) and $100,000 Shakertown (G3), was the first 12-race card in Keeneland history. There have been two 11-race programs at Keeneland: Toyota Blue Grass Day on April 10, 2010 and FallStars Day on October 9, 2010. The first 10-race program at Keeneland was offered on April 15, 2000, which was also Toyota Blue Grass Day.