I try to make it down to Keeneland at least once a season, if not once a year; too many good memories of spending every October and April there when I was in college. It has always felt so cool to have Keeneland as a “thing” – as part of my collegiate experience – but it is not something that I just attribute to being “college”. It’s a Lexington thing, a cultural thing, a thing you do to get away for the day with friends. There is excitement over dresses and drinks and seeing and being seen that it remains an event I look forward to year after year.
Now this year’s trip ended up being two-fold. The main point was of course a day at the track, but it ended up also being a mini-birthday celebration, thanks to my bud Brittany, who is such a dang dear. She hosted us at her house and she decked out our preparty brunch with balloons and sweets and candles, all to celebrate my impending 3-0. My friends Molly and Danny drove up from Nashville for the day as well, and I made the three of them sing me happy birthday after pitchers of mimosas. It was the best and the best little kick-off. (Thanks B and Mol and Dan!)
In partnership with Keeneland, my friends and I were treated to a Clubhouse tickets package that included quite a number of perks. We cashed in drink tickets, wagered some betting vouchers, and studied our complimentary programs – all in all, Keeneland done right.
We also familiarized ourselves with the Keeneland Race Day App. The app is not only a house for information like events at the park and promotions, but also betting insights, like handicappers’ consensus, a glossary of betting terms (most helpful), and a bet simulator for practice (also super helpful). There were drop downs with tips, race specifics (like purse and payouts), video replays, and more. It was intuitive and easily navigable and made me feel like I could be a Keeneland pro in no time.
Speaking of Keeneland pro, it was around this time that I felt the spirit to wager a bet. I put all my money eggs in one horse’s basket, placing one bet for it to win, and another for it to win, place, or show. Had that horse won? Ladies, get into formation. But it came in fourth. So, me.
All in all, we had the complete Keeneland experience. We clubhouse’d, we paddock’d, we gambled, we mimosa’d, and we donned we now our gay apparel. It was such a good time, such an easy trip from Cincinnati, and I look forward to when we meet again in the fall.
Thanks friends and Keeneland for such a good time!