Saturday, April 5, 2008

It's Pretty Darn Amazing.........

.... what racing can be when done up right. I wrote below my thoughts on Keeneland, as a person who had never been there - just as an observer of racing. Planning a visit this week I expected to be disappointed. However, this was not the case.

This place is amazing. And exactly how racing should be run, and should be everywhere.

I will hopefully jot down some thoughts, and some stories later but a few snippets that you may or may not be interested in.

First up, the tailgate. The lineup was so long to get in, parking was in the boondocks. Cool to see 22 year old college kids drinking in parking lots to go to racing, if you ask me.

Further, the crowds were huge. No getting around it, it was like a football game. line-ups everywhere, you can reach out and touch the horses, and I am not sure if I have been to a nicer setting for the runners. Do not for a moment think that you will hear the announcer on the tarmac - impossible. It is way, way too loud out there when the horses come down the stretch.

There is something to be said about "meets" and NOT having wall to wall racing. Keeneland is a prime example.

Anyhow, hopefully I can get some more shots up and write a better post about racing in Kentucky. Might have to do that when I get back.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.


Anonymous said...

Amazing isn't it? Keeneland gets 4 times the total handle Woodbine gets.
Woodbine of course has one of the highest takeouts out there while Keeneland has the lowest.
Keeneland doesn't even have slots.
I heard WEG increased the food prices last week too. They just want people to leave the place broke, it seems to be real short sided thinking, and people are now actually avoiding their product.

Anonymous said...

Check out this link. Great read from 4 years ago. Unfortunately little has changed with the idiots who run racing.

Pull the Pocket said...

I just read in the Lex paper before I headed to stop 2: On track attendance was 24,000.

On track handle of course was only something like $2M. Total handle was $11M.

It's a great place for racing. They really do it up right there.

Anonymous said...

24,000, sounds like the good old days!

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