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Keeneland Spring Meet preparations, 1961

Posted on April 6, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Eight-year Keeneland employee Roy Carter prepares for the start of the Spring Meet, April 6, 1961. The meet lasted 14 days with no racing on Mondays. The highlight of the meet, the Blue Grass Stakes, took place on the last day of the meet and featured a $25,000 purse – $209,000 today adjusted for inflation. This years $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes takes place on opening weekend of the Spring Meet. Total attendance for the 14-day 1961 Spring Meet was 94,895. On-track attendance for the 2017 15-day Spring Meet, was 252,247. In 1961 the on-track handle was $3.3 million, adjusted for inflation that would be $27.6 million today. The 2017 Spring meet had on on-track handle of $17.7 million and all-sources wagering of $140.6 million. Herald-Leader file photo

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