Some people might have feared that another Luke Bryan Farm Tour-caliber traffic jam would strike during Breeders' Cup weekend, but traffic ran smoothly along the route to Keeneland Race Course Friday.
Racegoers said the shuttle system from off-site parking locations was quick and efficient, and traffic on Versailles Road near Keeneland was barely slowing down Friday afternoon.
Eric Walsh of Bergen County, N.J., said the 13-minute mid-afternoon ride he took from Rupp Arena was "very convenient."
Jane Cunard of British Columbia, Canada, echoed that assessment.
"Excellent. Perfect," Cunard said.
Shuttles and taxis flowed easily into Gate 1 of Keeneland, and other racegoers and tailgaters filed into Gate 2 and Van Meter Road.
People parking at the Kentucky Horse Park, Whitaker Ballpark and Rupp Arena completely filled shuttle after shuttle heading to Keeneland starting about 9:30 a.m.
"It was great, really great," said Walter Skinner, who parked at the Horse Park. "There were no lines, no anything." Skinner said the drop-off point at Keeneland was a lot closer to the entrance than he thought it would be.
Thomas and Elaine Hathaway rode in on the shuttle from one of the off-site parking areas and said things moved along well.
"It was a great way to come in rather than fighting the parking," Elaine Hathaway said.