Keeneland Gears Up For Spring Meet, Traffic Concerns

Apr 3, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Keeneland will be featuring a number of new attractions and services at this year’s Spring Race Meet starting this Friday.

A new tailgating lot dubbed “The Hill” will include food trucks, a Bluegrass concert series, and a jumbo screen for those wanting to watch the races outside the track.

Yet one unwelcome change could be the amount of traffic, as major construction is set to continue on US60/Versailles Road for the next ten months. Keeneland spokesperson Julie Balog says state and local officials have been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to lessen the impact of the roadwork.

"They hope to have all the lanes at the intersection of Man o' War and Versailles Road open by Friday, which would free up a lot of extra thoroughfare in that area. We're also opening alternate entrances, so if you're traveling on Versailles Road from New Circle Road, you can take an alternate entrance at Van Meter Road," she says.

Balog says Keeneland is also working to demystify the wagering process for newcomers. Special betting experts will be available this year to answer questions from beginners.