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Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland


October 11, 2018


Lexington, KY

MAKE-A-WISH® DAY AT KEENELAND TO GIVES WISH KIDS VIP EXPERIENCE, HIGHLIGHTS POWER OF WISHES 11th annual Make-A-Wish® Day at Keeneland to benefit Kentucky kids with critical illnesses

For the 11th year, Keeneland Race Course, in partnership with local Thoroughbred farms and equine facilities, is celebrating Make-A-Wish® Day at Keeneland on Thursday, October 11, 2018. This annual event will again provide local wish kids with a VIP experience, highlight the impact wishes have on children battling critical illnesses, and provide attendees with the opportunity to raise money to grant even more wishes to kids in Kentucky.

A total of 300 Kentucky wish kids and their families will be part of Make-A-Wish day at Keeneland. As guests of honor, the wish families spend the morning touring their sponsor’s property, enjoy a VIP lunch in the Phoenix Room, meet the Keeneland jockeys in the paddock, watch their sponsor’s race from the winner’s circle, and, at the end of each race, the wish kids present the trophy for the race named after their sponsor.

One of these kids is 9-year-old Destiny whose wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort will soon be granted. Destiny has a kidney condition, and about a year ago she endured a kidney transplant when she received a kidney from her mom, Sara. Destiny is looking forward to her wish because her family deserves a break too.

Fans attending Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland are encouraged to show their support for Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. They will have the opportunity to help make even more wishes come true by placing a donation into the “Wishing Well” near the Keeneland Paddock.

WHAT: Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland

WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Race Post Time: 1:05 p.m.

WHERE: Keeneland Race Course
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with Destiny and her family, wish kids and their
families, Make-A-Wish OH, KY & IN President & CEO, and Make-A-Wish staff.
• To capture Wish Kid, Hannah singing the national anthem we recommend arriving at
11:50 a.m.; performance at noon.
• Destiny and her family are available for interviews between 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
• Wish kid and family interviews available throughout the day in the Phoenix Room;
however, please see race details below – wish kids and their families will be unavailable
for 30 minutes prior to their race time and for 30 minutes after.
• Make-A-Wish OH, KY & IN President & CEO, Doug Kelly available throughout the day; local Make-AWish
staff also available throughout the day.

TICKETS: Tickets are available at

ONSITE CONTACT: Kelly Phillips, Marketing Director, (805) 551-0211

The full list of sponsors of Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland and corresponding race post times include:

Race Time; Sponsor; Wish Child; Hometown
1:05 p.m. Hagyard McKenzy, age 16 Madison, IN
1:39 p.m. Shadwell Paige, age 3 Richmond
2:12 p.m. Godolphin Cody, age 12 Richmond
2:45 p.m. Lane’s End John, age 20 Paris
3:18 p.m. Spendthrift Farm Destiny, age 9 Louisville
3:51 p.m. Gainesway Owen, age 17 Lebanon
4:24 p.m. WinStar Joseph, age 13 Frankfort
4:57 p.m. Flaxman Holdings David, age 7 Louisville
5:30 p.m. Ashford Stud Naomi, age 11 Lexington
6:03 p.m. Rood & Riddle Naomi, age 13 Georgetown

Make-A-Wish relies on the financial support of the local community to grant wishes. Formore information on ways to help, visit, call 1-877-206-9474 

and follow Make-A-Wish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @makeawishohkyin.

About Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. There are currently over 300 children in Kentucky who are awaiting their wish. For more details on how to get engaged with our chapter,please visit or follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin.

Press Contact

Juli Miller
Vice President, Development
2545 Farmers Drive Suite 300
Columbus, OH  43235

Phone : (317) 522-4083 x4415
Fax : (614) 923-0560

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