According to a timetable laid out by Keeneland officials, training on the main track will end May 15. The training track will be open for limited hours, 4:30-7:30 a.m from May 15-30. No horses will be allowed on the grounds after May 30. During construction, horses that normally stable at Keeneland will be relocated to the The Thoroughbred Center or Turfway Park, which will be open as a year-round training center. "Sometime around late August we expect this project to be completed," Nicholson said.
In addition to Polytrack, additional space along the apron will be added as will a new LED tote-video board in the infield. Also in the plans are the installation of lights that will be used during morning training hours and the placement of antennas around the track to collect handicapping data using microchips placed inside the horse's saddlecloths.More than 13,000 square feet will be added to the trackside apron in the grandstand, enough to accommodate approximately 2,660 additional spectators. Additionally, 4,300 square feet will be added to the clubhouse lawn, which should accommodate 860 more fans. The new tote-video board is comprised of five separate sections that have more than 1,500 digital LED tiles that provide crisp, clear color video, photos, and mutual graphics. The entire tote board is mobile and each section can be disassembled and reassembled as needed. More than 15 miles of conduit will be installed underground, allowing Keeneland to take advantage of new high-definition technologies and radio frequency technologies.