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Keeneland changes ticket plan for Calipari signing

Keeneland has changed its ticketing plans for University of Kentucky fans looking to have Coach John Calipari sign a commemorative bottle of Maker's Mark.

The original plan was to distribute tickets via an in-person lottery drawing three days before the signing, but the race track will now distribute them using Ticketmaster.

According to the track, the 1,200 tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 3. Only one ticket is allowed per customer.

Tickets are free, but there will be a $1 handling fee that will be donated to a charity, according to a Keeneland news release.

"We believe that utilizing such a system in this case will help us ensure a safe, convenient and more enjoyable process for all concerned," said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson in the statement.

Fans are then to bring their online receipts to Keeneland's drive-through wagering areas beginning April 6 to claim their tickets. Fans also must bring a photo ID. Tickets also can be picked up inside Keene land's South Gate beginning at 6 p.m. April 8. People may camp out overnight under the grandstand.

Ticket holders must be in line by 7 a.m. April 9. The signing by Calipari, Nicholson and Bill Samuels of Maker's Mark starts at 8 a.m. The signing is limited to one 2010 commemorative bottle per person with no other items allowed.

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