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Keeneland’s spring meet meant great racing — and special events supported its philanthropic mission

As a complement to the spectacular racing, Keeneland offered a full slate of special events that benefited the horse industry and the Central Kentucky community.

Keeneland hosted three fundraising events in support of jockeys.

Current and retired riders participated in a jockey autograph session on opening day that raised $6,740 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

RunHappy scholarships

Keeneland also was a host site for the second TVG-PDJF Telethon on April 7 that netted $250,000 in donations from fans who were able to speak with Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG personalities.

A second jockey autograph signing on Horses and Hope Pink Day, April 25, raised $3,552 for the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation.
More than 2,500 students registered to participate in the popular College Scholarship Day on April 5, which offered $30,000 in scholarship money, including two $10,000 Runhappy Scholarships and $1,000 scholarships awarded after each of the day’s 10 races.

Jim and Linda McIngvale, owners of champion Runhappy who stands at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, make the Runhappy Scholarships possible. Keeneland hosts College Scholarship Day in partnership with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association. The event has distributed nearly $380,000 at Keeneland since it began during the 2002 Fall Meet.

Military Day

Thousands of fans had their commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle signed by players from the University of Kentucky’s 2011-2012 national championship men’s basketball team as part of Maker’s Mark Day on April 13. Proceeds from sales of the 2019 bottle, the fifth and final commemorative Maker’s Mark® bourbon bottle in the series, benefit UK’s Center for Academic Tutorial Services (CATS), the first center of its kind in America.

Keeneland honored active and veteran military members and their families during Military Day at the Races Presented by Marathon on April 14.

In honor of Month of the Military Child, Keeneland hosted activities for children throughout the day. Also featured among the many special presentations was the unfurling of a 40’ x 60’ American flag on Keeneland’s main track.

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