Keeneland's 2018 Spring Meet, which kicks off Friday, April 6, promises 16 days of spectacular racing highlighted by 16 stakes worth a season-record $4.4 million. The meet gets off to a fast start as opening weekend will showcase many of racing's stars competing in eight graded stakes, led by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), nationally prominent prep races on the 2018 Roads to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively.
Also featured this Spring are lowered takeout and an Early Pick 5; robust social and digital media that deliver handicapping tools and information to your fingertips; a new “Today at Keeneland” preview show; popular special events that support community initiatives; exciting new brands and returning favorites at The Keeneland Shop and enhanced food and hospitality options, all designed to create the best racing experience possible for our fans.
The Spring Meet runs April 6-27, with racing Wednesdays through Sundays. Gates open at 11 a.m. ET, with post time for the first race set for 1:05 p.m.
Keeneland has lowered takeout for the Spring Meet, with pricing on win, place and show wagers decreasing from 17.5 percent to 16 percent and from 22 percent to 19.5 percent on exactas. Takeout for the Pick 5 is 15 percent. Takeout for all other exotic wagers remains at 22 percent.
New this spring is an Early Pick 5 with its own carryover provisions separate from the Late Pick 5.
Other popular wagers include:
$200,000-guaranteed Pick 4 presented by TVG on Fridays: April 6, 13, 20 – final four races.
$300,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 5 – April 7: 6th race through Toyota Blue Grass.
$400,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 – April 7: 7th race through Toyota Blue Grass.
$300,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 – April 14: 7th race through Coolmore Jenny Wiley.
$300,000-guaranteed Pick 4 – April 21: 7th through 10th races.
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