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Keeneland summer meet approved for July 8-12

The meet will feature preps for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
Credit: AP
Javier Castellano rides Stopchargingmaria, fourth from left, across the finish line to win the Breeders' Cup Distaff horse race at Keeneland race track Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved Keeneland's request for a spectator-free summer meet July 8-12.

Keeneland will host between nine and 10 races each day, and feature 10 graded stakes traditionally run in its canceled spring meet, including the $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), preps for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

“Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to our request, and we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these unprecedented times,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We also thank Ellis Park for their cooperation in this process and for making these non-traditional dates available to Keeneland. We look forward to sharing more details about the Summer Meet in the coming weeks.”

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