Knox the Fox sneaks to Keeneland

Susan EspirituOur Town Adventure Seekers, West Knoxville

Melissa Tindell and her husband, Chad, visit Keeneland Race Track every April with a group of their friends thanks to another friend, Matt Martland, who started planning this trip years ago, with Covid-19 interfering with the tradition the last few years. Melissa says, “The trip to Keeneland is an activity my husband and I look forward to every year. We pack a lot into one day, including food, fellowship and fun. We are grateful to the Martlands for organizing such a fun day.”

Meghan and Matt Martland (photo courtesy of Julie Whitman)

Martland plans for 50 people on a coach bus that has 54 seats, but he has to keep seats for coolers, of course. Then he reserves seats in the grandstand for when they arrive at the track around 11:45 to see the first race at 1 p.m. with the last race at 5:14 p.m.

“While only some in our group like to place bets on the horse races, everyone enjoys the rich history and amazing ambience when one steps into Keeneland,” says Martland. “The horses are some of the most gorgeous creatures walking this earth. Being among them and seeing them so up-close-and-personal on the paddock truly is a treat.”

Knox the Fox checking out the hats at                     Keeneland

Got to get a Reuben!

Foxes and horses don’t generally hang out together so having Knox the Fox at the Keeneland Race Track provided quite a twist. Still, I figured he would do well sneaking into the hat selection my friend Melissa found on this trip to the celebrated venue.

“One was priced more than $700,” an astonished Tindell related. Not sure if Knox was near that one or not. Another tip, “Get a Reuben, when you’re there!” This trip is an addition to my ever-growing bucket list, so I must live a little a lot longer.

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