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Keeneland fall meet, 1950

Posted on October 23, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Spectators viewed a close race during Keeneland’s 1950 fall meet. Crowds were generally 5,000 to 6,000, but some days there would would be 12,000 people during the 10-day fall meet. Seven races were held each day except for the two Saturday cards, which featured nine. General admission was $1 for men and $.50 for women. Greyhound had seven scheduled bus routes from downtown directly to the track. The meet featured one stakes race, the Breeders’ Futurity, one of the nation’s fall headliners for juveniles. The winner took home almost $28,000, which would be about $280,000 in today’s dollars. Among the stories making headlines that meet was a 19-year-old Chicagoan who admitted that he took part in a $13,000 Chicago robbery and lost all of his share — $3,000 — during a day at the track. After the fall meet ended, racing shifted to Churchill Downs for its 18-day session. The 2017 Keeneland fall meet, which features 17 days of live racing, ends Oct. 28. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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