Apply online immediately or at Hiring Center, Job Fair in September
Keeneland is preparing for an eventful October and November – specifically the Fall Meet on Oct. 7-29 and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4-5 – and has many job opportunities for people who are interested in working at the track. Positions now are posted on Keeneland.com/jobs, while those who want to learn more about job opportunities are encouraged to sign up to receive the e-newsletter “Employment Opportunities” to stay connected.
Keeneland Hiring Events will begin in September to recruit employees to join its seasonal team.
“Keeneland’s seasonal workforce is invaluable to our race meet operations, and this fall takes on added importance because we are hosting the Breeders’ Cup,” Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. “There are many opportunities to be part of the fun, including consistent hours, competitive compensation and work with a quality hospitality and operations team, while being part of a unique Kentucky tradition.”
Keeneland’s seasonal employees come from some 168 cities in 60 Kentucky counties and 26 states as far away as California.
Positions and benefits
For the Fall Meet and Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland offers seasonal employment in a variety of areas.
Keeneland Hospitality provides food and beverage service for the entire Keeneland campus, including the Clubhouse, Grandstand, concessions and Track Kitchen, and has opportunities for people with all levels of culinary, wait staff and host experience. Candidates will receive the opportunity to gain valuable culinary and dining experience while training directly under talented chefs and dining room servers.
The majority of seasonal positions are entry level and do not require any formal training. These jobs can be a good fit for active people who are interested in a seasonal position that can lead to other opportunities, and for those who are looking for a short-term opportunity, to be part of a Kentucky tradition, a fun atmosphere and earn additional income.
Team members will receive paid training prior to the start of the race meet. Employees are paid weekly and will receive 50 percent off meals at concessions stands and a 30 percent discount on merchandise at The Keeneland Shop.
At a Glance: Keeneland Hiring Events for Fall Meet and Breeders’ Cup
- Hiring Center—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 6-29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET; second-floor Grandstand (take Elevator B from ground floor near Paddock).
- Job Fair—Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grandstand.
Applicants should bring two forms of identification to these events, where on-site interviews will be conducted and employment offers might be made on the spot:
Candidates also may apply online at any time at Keeneland.com/jobs.
Volunteer Group program offers Fall Meet opportunities for community organizations
In addition to outstanding seasonal employment opportunities, Keeneland is proud to support the community via its Volunteer Group program. The program enables fraternities, sororities, high school booster clubs, senior groups, charitable organizations and other certified groups that have a tax identification number to receive a contribution of $10 for every hour that one of their members works during the Fall Meet. Members of participating organizations might work in roles ranging from a server assistant in one of Keeneland’s premier dining rooms to serving food and drinks at a concession stand or working as a parking attendant.
If your group is interested in applying for one of these select opportunities, please click here.
Since its first race meet more than 85 years ago, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. The world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland conducts four sales a year, in January, April, September and November. Graduates of Keeneland sales dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and 2020 and is holding the event again on Nov. 4-5, 2022. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a privately held company with a not-for-profit mission that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses and millions of dollars donated in support of horse industry initiatives and charitable contributions for education, research, and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. Keeneland also maintains the Keeneland Library, a world-renowned public research institution with the mission of preserving information about the Thoroughbred industry. To learn more, visit Keeneland.com.
For more information contact:
Amy Gregory at 859 361-3490
Amy Owens at 859 421-2566