Anne M. Eberhardt

Keeneland to Host Trackside Party Opening Day

The event, called "Swinging at Sunset" features a 17-piece jazz orchestra.

From Keeneland
Keeneland kicks off opening FallStars Weekend Oct. 9, in style as it hosts “Swinging at Sunset,” a trackside party featuring a 17-piece jazz orchestra, immediately following the races.

Presented by Stoll Keenon Ogden, Swinging at Sunset will be the centerpiece event of an opening day filled with fan festivities and spectacular racing, including the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) and Phoenix Stakes (gr. III). Gates open at 11 a.m. (all times ET), with a special post time on Friday of 2:15 p.m.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Swinging at Sunset will transform Keeneland’s trackside apron into a magical party under the stars. As the sun sets, the grandstand will be flooded with colored lights, and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra will perform big-band music from the ‘30s and ‘40s on the racetrack.

Patrons are welcome to join in the swing dancing fun alongside members of the local HepCats Swing Dance club, or enjoy multiple bars and food offerings trackside. Grey Goose will serve its signature opening weekend drink, “FallStars Fizz,” mixed with a glowing swizzle stick. 

Swinging at Sunset is free with a $5 race day general admission.

Keeneland, its media partner WLEX-18, and Lex-Tran want to ensure that all patrons have a safe ride home from opening day. WLEX-18 will offer free taxi rides within 30 miles of Keeneland and Lex-Tran’s COLT Trolley will provide $1 rides.

The Keeneland fall meeting continues through Oct. 31. Post time for the balance of the meeting will be 1:05 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m.