Keeneland tickets go on sale Valentine’s Day

Keeneland press release

Tickets sold on; sales also include Derby Day at Keeneland  

LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 9, 2023) – Keeneland will kick off ticket sales for its upcoming Spring Meet, to be held April 7-28, on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. ET. A variety of ticket options for Dining, Grandstand reserved seating and General Admission are available, and all tickets must be pre-purchased via Keeneland’s Official Online Ticket Office at

The 15-day Spring Meet offers racing Wednesdays through Sundays, except Easter Sunday, April 9. Post time is 1 p.m. daily. Keeneland will award a season record $8.05 million for 19 stakes during this season, beginning with the $600,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) and the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on opening Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both stakes are major targets of the nation’s top 3-year-olds.  

“Thanks to our equine community, including our fans, Keeneland enjoyed a historic racing year in 2022, and we are excited to continue to build on that momentum,” Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. “The Keeneland team is busy finalizing plans for the spring, and we can’t wait to welcome guests in just a few short weeks for what we know will be a terrific racing season.”

Spring Meet Ticketing: Know Before You Purchase

Ø  Plan ahead: Demand is expected to be high, and fans are encouraged to browse ticket options, pricing and the process to purchase in advance on 

Ø  Buy tickets in advance: All Dining, Grandstand and General Admission tickets must be purchased in advance at for easy entry and to ensure attendance on preferred dates because tickets do sell out. Cash and walk-up purchases are not accepted at the main gates on race days. Season passes, which offer General Admission throughout the meet, are available for purchase prior to opening day.

Ø  Check availability during the meet: Keeneland offers a return policy of up to 48 hours in advance of race day. Ticket inventory is updated automatically and available for purchase at, so fans are encouraged to check the official ticketing site regularly.

New for Spring Meet: Tailgating on The Hill now available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

As a nod to the growing popularity of tailgating on The Hill, Keeneland will expand the traditional Friday/Saturday schedule to now include Sundays during the Spring Meet.  

No ticket or reservation is required to experience a Keeneland race day in this unique setting. Fans on The Hill can watch the racing action via a jumbo TV and place their bets in a wagering tent while live music and food trucks create a festive atmosphere.

For those who want to elevate their experience, Keeneland again will partner with RevelXP to offer tailgate packages for groups of any size. Whether a party of 10 or 750, RevelXP can organize your tailgate by furnishing a designated tent, catering, amenities and more. Visit for full details. 

Buy tickets now for Derby Day at Keeneland on Saturday, May 6

Also beginning Feb. 14, Keeneland will offer General Admission and Equestrian Room dining tickets for Kentucky Derby Day at Keeneland on Saturday, May 6. Tickets are available for pre-purchase at

Derby Day is a community celebration in the Bluegrass, and Keeneland will mark the 2023 Run for the Roses with live music, food trucks, family activities and more for guests to enjoy throughout the grounds. The Hill also will be open on Derby Day for tailgating fun. Additionally, guests may plan their own Derby party with an elevated tailgate package on The Hill through RevelXP.


To learn more about Keeneland racing, visit or follow @keeneland on Instagram and Facebook and @keenelandracing on Twitter.

Jennie Rees is a communications and advocacy specialist in the horse industry who spent 32 years covering horse racing for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal before taking a corporate buyout. In addition to handling communications for the Kentucky HBPA, Rees is Kentucky Downs’ publicity director, manages in-season racing publicity for Ellis Park and serves as a consultant to the National HBPA. Other projects include the Preakness Stakes, Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby Week and work for various HBPA affiliates and horsemen’s associations.