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Keeneland Attendance Figures Strong

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The 32,717 fans at Keeneland on Saturday marked a single-day attendance record for the fall meet and the seventh-highest single-day attendance ever. It also marked back-to-back days of record attendance. On Friday, 22,807 fans were at Keeneland, the highest attendance for a Friday during the fall meet.

Through the first seven days of the 17-day fall meet, Keeneland has drawn a total of 132,172 fans for an average of 18,882, an increase of 11.3 percent over the same period last fall. On opening Saturday, Oct. 5, 27,849 fans enjoyed a full day of stakes racing despite heavy rains.

Keeneland has posted record total attendance for four consecutive race meets (2011 fall, 2012 spring and fall, 2013 spring).

Yesterday’s 10-race card featured the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), beautiful weather with temperatures in the upper 70s and a legion of football fans credited with enjoying the “Keeneland Double”: Thoroughbred racing in the afternoon and the University of Kentucky home football game in the evening.

Before 69,873 fans at Commonwealth Stadium, the University of Alabama, the two-time national champions and the No.1-ranked team this year, defeated Kentucky, putting a damper on an otherwise perfect day in Central Kentucky.

The Keeneland Double seemed to be especially popular in 2010 when UK hosted two night games against universities whose fans enjoy racing. On Oct. 16, 23,659 fans were at Keeneland, and 67,955 people watched UK upset the University of South Carolina.

On Oct. 23, 2010, the day UK played the University of Georgia, Keeneland recorded 23,318 fans, and 70,884 fans attended the football game at Commonwealth Stadium.

Keeneland’s All-Time Highest Single-Day On-Track Attendance




Feature Race


April 14, 2012

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)


April 13, 2013

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)


April 21, 2007

Coolmore Lexington (G2)


April 10, 2010

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)


April 18, 2009

Coolmore Lexington (G2)


April 16, 2005

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)


Oct. 12, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1)




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