Two Lexington traditions combine April 4 as Central Bank Thursday Night Live comes to Keeneland for a special afternoon of racing and an evening of live music to kick off the 2019 Spring Meet.
Keeneland had already announced a rare Thursday opening of the Spring Meet, highlighted by the inaugural running of the $100,000 Palisades Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds April 4, setting up the track’s signature weekend with nine stakes anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland on April 6, major preps for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, respectively.
For this Thursday Night Live day only, racing will begin at 3 p.m. with the last post of the eight races at 6:55 p.m. and serve as a lead-in for a live music concert in the track’s paddock. Gates open at 1 p.m. that day.
“Keeneland is an iconic gathering place for the community — it’s a rite of spring,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Hosting Central Bank Thursday Night Live makes opening day even more special as we invite fans to be part of a great day of Thoroughbred racing and live music in this beautiful setting.”
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Thursday Night Live, held in downtown Lexington dating to 1996, will continue in its traditional location, Cheapside Park, following this inaugural event. Live music will be provided on April 4 at the track in partnership with The Burl, a popular live music venue.
Information on reserved seating and dining reservations for opening day is available on