The Keeneland Experience

first_imgSally and I joined two other couples and went to Keeneland Raceway last weekend.  As I have written before, this beautiful facility in Lexington, Kentucky, becomes an experience just by being there.  Add to that the fact that this track attracts some of the finest horses in the world for its meet makes it even more fun for the betting enthusiast.Keeneland recently changed from a synthetic racing surface back to a dirt surface for its main track.  Keeneland was a dirt track for most of its 80 years, but like so many facilities, they thought the maintenance and drainage on a synthetic surface would improve the racing experience.  However, most horse owners believe the artificial surface causes more racing injuries and, thus, they prefer the dirt track.The dirt surface is comprised of sand, silt, and clay native to Kentucky.  It features a unique drainage system that is found only at Keeneland.  It would take too long to describe this system in this article.  In a nutshell, they place the dirt mixture on a very porous base and then add two large draining tracts along the rail and the outside fence.  The water literally goes through this surface as if it were a kitchen sieve.Keeneland did this for the safety factor and they also needed a dirt surface to qualify to host the 2015 Breeder’s Cup.  You have one week left to visit this beautiful facility.  I recommend you do so.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*