IF YOU GO
Keeneland Spring Meet
When: Through April 25. Gates open at 11 a.m.; first post at 1:05 p.m. No racing Mondays and Tuesdays or Easter Sunday, April 20.
Where: Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Rd.
Tickets: $5 general admission
Learn more: (859) 254-3412, 1-800-456-3412, Keeneland.com
Highlights during the meet include:
Through April 13: Meet milliner Christine A. Moore. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Keeneland Gift Shop.
April 11, 18: Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000 guaranteed pool will be offered on races 6-9.
April 11, 12, 18, 19: Craft Beer Tent featuring craft beers including Country Boy, Kentucky Ale Kolsch, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Sweetwater. North Terrace patio.
April 11, 12, 18, 19, 25: Tailgating at The Hill, next to Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. Food trucks, jumbo TV, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. Live bluegrass music on Saturdays.
April 11: Maker's Mark commemorative bottle signing. Bottle sales start April 4 at retail stores across Kentucky and benefit UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute.
April 11, 12: Bosom Buddy Bags trunk show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Keeneland Gift Shop.
April 12, 19: Sunrise Trackside. Family friendly activities beginning at 7 a.m. with Breakfast With the Works, featuring Southern-style breakfast and trackside commentary on Thoroughbreds as they train (until 8:30 a.m.); children's activities (7-9 a.m.); equine-related demonstration in paddock (9 a.m.); walking tours of Keeneland (8-10 a.m.); trackside handicapping seminar (11:30 a.m.); Q&A session with Keeneland jockey in paddock (12:05 p.m.). Photos with bugler Steve Buttleman.
April 12: All-Stakes Pick 4. $300,000 guaranteed featuring races 8-11, the Shakertown (G3), Madison (G3), Jenny Wiley (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass (G1).
April 12: All-Stakes Pick 5. $300,000 guaranteed featuring races 7-11, the Commonwealth (G3), Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1), and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1).
April 13: Horses and Hope Pink Day to raise breast cancer awareness. Nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys will sign commemorative fundraising poster by Peb.
April 16, 23: "Wins-day" Challenge handicapping contest. Register at Wagering Central. $10 entry fee. Guaranteed $2,500 pool. First 200 to register will receive a Daily Racing Form and a card for an appetizer at Malone's.
April 18: 50 to 1 movie tour celebrating Mine That Bird's victory in the 2009 Derby. Appearance by Mine That Bird and a fan meet-and-greet with actors from the movie.
April 18: It's My Derby fund-raiser. Includes panel discussion and VIP reception with Stuart Janney, 2013 Derby winner Orb's co-owner and breeder, and Orb trainer Shug McGaughey; trainer Barclay Tagg, winner of the 2003 Derby and Preakness with Funny Cide; and two-time Derby-winning jockey Chris McCarron. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will moderate the panel. Proceeds benefit Kentucky Derby Museum. In Keeneland Sales Pavilion.
April 18, 19: Dorfman Pacific trunk show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Keeneland Gift Shop.
April 19: Kids Club Easter Egg Hunt. Plus baby chicks, bunnies and other animals from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. 9 a.m. North Terrace Lawn.
April 23: TVG Hat Giveaway. First 1,000 patrons with paid admission get voucher for a free TVG hat.
April 24: Herald-Leader Subscriber Appreciation Day. Free general admission for all Herald-Leader subscribers with the coupon from the front page of the April 24 edition. Meet Herald-Leader personalities.
April 25: Concert on the Lawn featuring Laura Bell Bundy and Sundy Best. Benefits Markey Cancer Center. Immediately after races on Clubhouse Lawn.