Keeneland Diaries: Fabulous FallStars

The Life
Perfect fall weather greeted over 28,000 fans for FallStars Saturday at Keeneland. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

Keeneland’s FallStars Saturday promised to be a fantastic afternoon of racing and fun with five major races lined up, including three Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” events which guaranteed their victors a spot in horse racing’s World Championships on Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. 

Saturday marked the final major day of prep races for the Breeders’ Cup, and some of the best Thoroughbreds on the planet had come to Kentucky to battle for a chance to compete in the World Championships.

I got to the track bright and early, anticipating an exciting day ahead of me; what I didn’t expect was to be met with a darkened Grandstand! Apparently one very destructive squirrel had met a major transformer, and the result was a power outage that included both Keeneland as well as Lexington’s airport. While it was an inauspicious start to FallStars Saturday, a good day a the track always includes a few unexpected hijinks, and after a brief delay of game the lights came back on and the crowds began rolling in and a sensational day of racing was ready to kick off.

The slideshow below will take you through my day at Keeneland on Saturday from morning to night; it was a spectacular afternoon, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.

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