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Keeneland: Betologists help you play the ponies

Betologist Katie Fretts, age 22, took a break from handing out information about mobile betting to cheer for the third race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on April 6, 2013. Keeneland introduced betologists this spring. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Betologist Katie Fretts, age 22, took a break from handing out information about mobile betting to cheer for the third race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on April 6, 2013. Keeneland introduced betologists this spring. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Maybe you are just a casual once-a-meet Keeneland-goer who thinks the Daily Racing Form looks like graduate school math and wouldn't know a trifecta from a Triceratops.

Or maybe you are the loyal Form reader who just needs someone to bounce your betting strategy off.

Either way, Keeneland has the friend you need, and they are easy to spot, because they're milling in distinctive tan hats and green vests — or jackets, because it's going to be chilly this weekend.

The Betologists are in their second year at Keeneland, and for this meet they have been increased from an initial pool of 10 roving experts to 25 for the fall meet.

"They mingle with fans throughout the entire campus on race days, assisting novice fans and expert horseplayers," Keeneland spokesperson Amy Gregory says. "It has become a model for other race tracks around the country."

So if you're looking for a hot tip this weekend, you won't have to look far.

Fall Meet events

Fridays and Saturdays: Keeneland's tailgate lot, The Hill, will feature food trucks, a jumbo TV screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. On Saturdays, fans may take in live music and college football on television screens. BETologists will be available to answer fans' questions.

Every Saturday: Sunrise Trackside offers activities for all ages beginning at 7 a.m. Enjoy morning workouts, Breakfast with the Works, children's activities, tours and more.

Every Wednesday: Wins-day Challenge. Entry fee is $10, with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. The first 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form and an appetizer card from Malone's.

Oct. 17: Christine Moore trunk show at the gift shop.

Oct. 19: Heroes Day. All military (active duty and veterans), first responders — police officers, firefighters, EMTs — and their families receive free general admission and access to grandstand seating.

Oct. 24: The University of Kentucky's Homecoming weekend will be celebrated with See Blue Day. Tailgate on The Hill from noon to 1 p.m. for special appearances by the UK cheerleaders, pep band and more. UK students, alumni and faculty receive free general admission and access to reserved grandstand seating with their IDs. A special Lextran shuttle will pick up at Wildcat Plaza on UK's campus.

Oct. 24: State Traditions trunk show at the gift shop.

Oct. 25: Fan Appreciation Day. The first 3,000 patrons will be treated to a special giveaway and sampling of bread pudding in the North Terrace. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oct. 25: State Traditions trunk show at the gift shop.

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