Keeneland opens with Transylvania
Three stakes will held on April 19: the $200,000 Lexington for three-year-olds; $150,000 Ben Ali and $100,000 Giant's Causeway. The Ben Ali traditionally has been held the day after the Lexington but was moved this year due to Keeneland being dark on Easter Sunday, April 20.
The opening-day feature is the Grade 3, $100,000 Transylvania, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for three-year-olds. Grade 3 Generous winner Global View, runner-up to Bobby's Kitten when making his 2014 bow in a March 8 allowance at Tampa Bay Downs, is the top draw. Jose Lezcano rides for trainer Tom Proctor.
Other Transylvania contenders include multiple stakes hero Storming Inti, a close third most recently in the Grade 3 Palm Beach; Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club runner-up Laddie Boy, who will make his turf debut; Grade 3-placed Pleveun, who exits a fourth in the Palm Beach; and impressive maiden winner Picozza.
The spring meet kicks off with the always-popular College Scholarship Day on Friday and concludes April 25 with a concert by Lexington's own Laura Bell Bundy and Sundy Best. In between, Keeneland once again provides racing fans with activities and events for all ages, including the inaugural Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 as part of Sunrise Trackside.
Sunday is Military Day at the Races. Keeneland will honor all active and inactive members of the military and their families with free general admission with a military ID at any pass gate. The North Terrace will be transformed into the Military Family Zone with free food, live music, children's activities and more. Keeneland will welcome a special guest, U.S. Army Sgt. Dallas Robinson, for a meet and greet with fans. Robinson, a Kentuckian, was a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team that competed in Sochi, Russia.
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