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12:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Keeneland Features New Attractions At This Year's Season Opening

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Keeneland will be featuring a number of new attractions and services at this year’s Spring Race Meet starting tomorrow. But one unwelcome change could be the amount of traffic – as major construction is set to continue on US60/Versailles Road for the next ten months. Keeneland spokesperson Julie Balog said state and local officials have been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to lessen the impact of the roadwork.

“They hope to have all of the lanes at the intersection of Man-O-War and Versailles Road open by Friday, which would open up a lot of thru fare in that area. We’re also opening alternate entrances. So if you’re traveling on Versailles road from New Circle Road you can take an alternate entrance at Van Meter Road,” Balog said.

Balog says Keeneland is also working to demystify the wagering process for newcomers. Special betting experts will be available this year to answer questions from beginners.“And for instance we are going to have something new called a bet-ologist,” she said. “And they will be wearing a vest and a fedora and wearing a big button that says ‘Ask Me About Wagering!’ and they truly will be roaming through the crowd. So if you have a question about wagering you can stop one of the bet-ologists  and they will answer questions for you.”

Keeneland will also have other attractions including new tailgating lot dubbed “The Hill” will include food trucks, a Bluegrass concert series and a jumbo screen for those wanting to watch the races outside the track.