Say what you want, but I am smiling. And I mean I am SMILING. There is nowhere in the country more gorgeous than Keeneland. A place so perfect I've heard the line 'if heaven isn't as pretty as Keeneland, don't send me there' multiple times. It's arguably the best horse track in America and while we were supposed to have racing there in April and October, we know what happened. They canceled the racing in April but now we're getting 5 days in July.
Not only are we getting 5 days of racing, we're getting amazing races.
Keeneland plans to host 9-10 races each day of the Summer Meet, and feature 10 graded stakes traditionally run during the track’s Spring Meet, anchored by the $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), preps for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively.
The way everything has been going it doesn't sound like we're going to get a bunch of sports back by the July 5-12 date either. It sounds like everything is starting mid-late July. So you're going to have big names, well-known horses racing out at Keeneland. That's awesome for the sport. Something the sport needs. News broke yesterday that horses trained by Bob Baffert tested positive for banned substances:
One of those horses is Charlatan - a winner of one heat of the Arkansas Derby and a favorite to win the Kentucky Derby this year. We'll see what happens as this goes on but there's a chance Charlatan will be out of the Belmont/Derby pending what happens. The sport needs to have more eyes on the good of it all.
There's nothing like Keeneland though. I prefer the April meet, but there's nothing like the October triple-header. You go to Keeneland in the morning, tailgate for the football game, hit up the game and then Two Keys/Tin Roof late night. You get maybe just 1-2 of those a year but it's truly a remarkable day.
Oh and you should be tuning into Photo Finish on BarstoolBets every Saturday, it's been working out alright: