By KATI WILSON
Lexington, Ky. is the horse capital of the world, and going to school in Kentucky, we get to enjoy the great sport of horse racing. With Keeneland just a few miles down the road from the college, it’s easy for students to take a quick trip to enjoy the races. This year, opening race day was Oct. 5 and it will remain open until Oct. 27. This past Friday, Oct. 12, was Keeneland Scholarship Day, and as college students, who doesn’t like free things?
The scholarship day was an opportunity for college students to enjoy a day at the races and possibly walk away with a scholarship. With a college ID, students got in free. The gates opened at 11 a.m. and the first 1,000 students received a free scholarship day t-shirt and a hat from Vineyard Vines with their registration.
Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association gave away ten $1,000 scholarships to full-time students. There were ten races during the day and one name was chosen after each race. While many Georgetown students were at the races on Friday, Hailey Goen, a sophomore, was lucky enough to win one of the scholarships.
Keeneland had its first day of live racing on Oct. 15, 1936. Lexington had been with- out a horse track for before this. They wanted to find a track unique in structure that would be a community project where proceeds would be used only to improve the facility and could be donated to local charities. They wanted to create a racetrack that would carry on Kentucky’s thoroughbred tradition for future generations. On opening day, more than 8,000 fans came to the races.
Keeneland has held true to its original mission and serves as a leader in promoting innovations to advance Thoroughbred racing while preserving the sport’s history and integrity. It is also the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction house, bringing together people from all over the world. To date, Keeneland has contributed more than $18 million to charitable equine-related programs.
The College Scholarship Days are just one example of how Keeneland is giving back to their community today. They are encouraging education by giving a means to pay for their schooling and providing a way for students to not only have fun, but also to learn about the rich Kentucky tradition that is horse racing. If you missed out last week or want another chance to win, there is also a racing season in the spring where Keeneland offers another scholarship day.