Keeneland-Keeneland Racetrack

Off Versailles and Rice Rds., Lexington, Kentucky


Street View 


Completed in 1936, this is the most conspicuous manifestation of horse raising and racing in Lexington, the heart of Kentucky "bluegrass" country. It is the site of the Phoenix Handicap, the oldest stakes race in the United States, and the Blue Grass Stakes; it is also preeminent for its annual horse sales. The track was originally begun in 1916 by Jack Keene, an extraordinary figure in American racing. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, September 24, 1986

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 24, 1986
Reference number
NR name
Keeneland--Keeneland Racetrack
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Outdoor recreation; Animal facility
Current functions
Animal facility; Outdoor recreation
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1916; 1936; 1937
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • August 6, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger