Meet jockey James Graham on Saturday at Keeneland

James Graham
James Graham

On the final weekend of Keeneland's fall meet, Ireland native James Graham is the featured jockey Saturday, when top-notch riders sign autographs and take questions from fans.

He will appear in the paddock at 12:05 p.m.

Graham is ranked 29th in earnings this year.

Commemorative autograph books featuring profile pages of several jockeys riding at Keeneland will be available for $5 during the Sunrise Trackside activities Saturday morning and in the Keeneland Gift Shop. All proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.


James Graham

Born: May 17, 1979, in Finglas, Dublin, Ireland

First Grade 1 win: 2009 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Hot Cha Cha

First graded stakes win: 2004 Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks (G3) at Arlington Park on Lovely Afternoon

First stakes win: 2004 Canterbury Park Lassie on Berbatim


All figures current as of Wednesday.

Keeneland wins: 135

Keeneland stakes wins: 8


All figures current as of Wednesday.

Starts: 12,463

First-place finishes: 1,661

Earnings: $51.7 million

Average earnings per start: $4,145

SOURCES: Keeneland,

Keeneland Fall Meet

When: Through Oct. 26. Gates open at 11 a.m.; first post at 1:05 p.m.

Where: Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Rd.

Tickets: $5 general admission

Learn more: (859) 254-3412, 1-800-456-3412,


Highlights during the fall meet include:

Oct. 25, 26: Tailgating on The Hill. Next to Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill will feature food trucks, a jumbo TV with Keeneland racing and SEC college football, live bluegrass music on Saturdays, more.

Oct. 25, 26: Craft Beer Tent. Tent in North Terrace will serve local craft beers.

Oct. 26: America's Best Racing. Ambassadors will conduct betting seminars and offer giveaways on The Hill.

Oct. 26: Sunrise Trackside. Family-friendly activities beginning at 7 a.m. with Breakfast With the Works, featuring a 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 (8:45 a.m.); walking tours of Keeneland (8:30-10:30 a.m.); trackside handicapping seminar (11:30 a.m.); and Q&A session with Keeneland jockey in paddock (12:05 p.m.).

Oct. 26: Fan Appreciation Day. Free sample of bread pudding, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in North Terrace.