Fashion, bourbon and fast horses make Keeneland Racecourse the place to be this weekend [Horse racing]

Fashion, bourbon and fast horses make Keeneland Racecourse the place to be this

Or, if you can make it to Keeneland early Friday morning, pick up the limited edition Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle which celebrates University of Kentucky football player Tim Couch. Proceeds from the bottle benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK HealthCare. A bottle signing is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Friday morning with Couch, Maker’s Mark COO Rob Samuels, and Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson. A Maker’s Mark dipping station will be available in the Keeneland Gift Shop where you can dip Keeneland or Maker’s Mark merchandise in Maker’s Mark’s signature red wax.

If you’re making your trip to Keeneland a family affair, start with Breakfast With the Works. Enjoy a Southern-style breakfast in the trackside Equestrian Room beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. The cost for breakfast is $7 per person and free for children 3 and under. The event features children’s activities, trackside commentary on the horses working, and even a show-and-tell.

While enjoying breakfast, take the opportunity to introduce the kids to Keeneland’s new Kid's Club mascot, Buckles the horse. Keeneland's Kids Club is open to kids 12 and under and offers free activities on Saturdays including face painting, pin the tail on the horse, photos in jockey silks, and educational paddock demonstrations. If you can’t get the family moving early enough to make it to Breakfast With The Works, trackside show-and-tell begins at 9 a.m. and the paddock demonstration starts at 10 a.m. in the Keeneland paddock.