First ever Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar starts today; Kentucky’s Bob Elliston helped make it happen

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which consists of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, kick off today at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Bob Elliston was instrumental in bringing the Breeders’ Cup to Keeneland in 2015 and to Del Mar this year. Elliston, shown here in his office at Keeneland...

Keeneland initiates new concussion protocol for jockeys beginning with 2017 Fall Meet

Keeneland will require jockeys competing in the 2017 Fall Meet to complete a baseline concussion assessment prior to being allowed to ride. Keeneland is among the first race tracks in the U.S. to establish concussion management and return to participation protocol. “Keeneland is proud of this concussion protocol and the collaborative effort that created it,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing...

Keeneland catalogs 4,145 horses for 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 4,145 horses for its 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale, the world’s largest and most important sale of its kind, to be held Nov. 7-18. Headlining the November Sale catalog are graded stakes winners and graded stakes producers, led by champion Stellar Wind and Grade 1 stakes winners Lady Eli, Cathryn Sophia, Her Emmynency, Al’s Gal, Paola Queen and Street Fancy. November...

Buyers looking for next racing superstar drive Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale numbers to records

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended Saturday following a 12-day run that saw commerce achieve heights not seen in nearly a decade. A spectacular crop of yearlings spurred bidding wars among domestic and foreign buyers throughout the auction, driving gross receipts above $300 million for the first time since 2008, while producing record average and median prices and the sale of 13 seven-figure...

Tapit filly brings season-best $2.7 million as Keeneland’s September Yearling sale gets underway

Keeneland’s reformatted Week 1 of the September Yearling Sale produced $8 million-plus horses and fueled significant increases in trade during Monday’s opening premier Book 1. Leading the action was a $2.7 million Tapit filly purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier to be the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the highest-priced filly sold at the September...

Premier Book 1 sale of elite yearlings kicks off Keeneland’s 74th annual September Sale Monday

Keeneland begins its 74th annual September Yearling Sale on Monday with a premier Book 1 sale of 167 elite yearlings that starts at 3 p.m. ET. A total of 4,139 yearlings have been cataloged to the September Sale, which will cover 12 sessions through Saturday, Sept. 23. “Globally, the September Sale is the primary source of champions and graded stakes winners year after year,” Keeneland Vice President...

Catalog for 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale available to public online beginning Aug. 8

Keeneland announced the expansion of its lucrative September Sale Bonus Program to include a Sellers Program, which, together with the previously announced Book 1 Bonus, will offer cash rewards to horses sold at the September Yearling Sale that win graded or group stakes. The September Sale Bonus Program begins with graduates of the 2017 September Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23. Officials also confirmed...

Keeneland’s fall stakes schedule offers total of $5.3 million; First Lady debuts as Breeders’ Challenge

Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Meet, which covers 17 days from Oct. 6-28, will present six Grade 1 races among 17 graded stakes worth $5.325 million and will showcase many of the nation’s top contenders aiming for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships during its signature Fall Stars Weekend on the first three days of the season. Among the most prestigious race meets in the country, Keeneland’s Fall...

Keeneland announces lucrative rewards program, format change for Book 1 of 2017 September Sale

Keeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, Wednesday introduced enhancements to its September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23. Highlighting the new features is the Book 1 Bonus, which offers lucrative cash rewards to sellers and owners of yearlings sold in the premier Book 1 sale that win Grade/Group 1 stakes during their 2- or 3-year-old campaigns. Sellers and owners of yearlings...

Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell receives ITBA Wild Geese Award

Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell was honored with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s (ITBA) 2016 Wild Geese Award at its National Breeding and Racing Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at The Heritage Killenard. ITBA Chairman Stephen Collins said the Wild Geese Award is an acknowledgement “to one of our own who has flown the Irish flag with pride on an international...

Keeneland schedules 16 stakes races worth $4.325 million for 2017 Spring Meet

Keeneland announced a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), and introduces Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet as the signature sponsor of the $200,000 Lexington (G3). Purse money for the Lexington and opening day Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select have been increased...

Stonestreet to become sponsor of Keeneland’s Grade 3 Lexington; purse increased to $200,000

Keeneland announced Tuesday that Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet has become the signature sponsor of the Spring Meet’s Lexington (G3), to be held Saturday, April 15. Purse money for the Lexington will increase in 2017 from $150,000 to $200,000. The stakes, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, is one of the final prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1). “I am very pleased to...

Keeneland January All Ages Sale results reinforce big buyer demand for quality horses

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Friday with returns bearing out market trends seen at Thoroughbred auctions worldwide: increasing buyer selectivity and demand for top-quality horses. Gross sales for the five-day auction, held Jan. 9-13, were $28,785,500, down 18.83 percent from last year’s $35,463,000 for the five-day sale. The average of $29,954 decreased 12.16 percent from...

Keeneland catalogs 1,892 entries for 59th Horses of All Ages Sale on Jan. 9-13

Keeneland has cataloged 1,892 horses for its 59th Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 9-13, 2017. The catalog includes 726 broodmares, 147 broodmare prospects, 732 yearlings, 280 horses of racing age and seven stallions and stallion prospects. The interactive catalog is available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are to be mailed the week of Dec. 19. “The January Sale traditionally is...

Keeneland catalogs 4,762 horses for upcoming November Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 4,762 horses for its world-renowned 2016 November Breeding Stock Sale, to be held Nov. 8-20. In 2015, the November Sale sold the world’s highest-priced Thoroughbred at public auction for the year and registered a North American record price for a weanling for the second consecutive year. November Sale catalogs are available on Keeneland.com. Print catalogs will be mailed the...

Robust upper and middle market fuels successful Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended Sunday with solid results driven by a competitive market and active participation from the world’s deepest buying bench. The sale produced nine yearlings that commanded $1 million or more, led by a Scat Daddy colt sold for $3 million to be the highest-priced horse sold at public auction anywhere in the world this year. During the 13-day auction, held...

Half brother to champion Beholder sells for $3 million on third day of Keeneland Yearling Sale

Keeneland realized significant gains in average and median prices during the third session of its September Yearling Sale, where a half-brother to multiple champion Beholder received a round of applause after he sold to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $3 million. The colt was one of six yearlings to bring seven-figure prices during Wednesday’s session. The $3 million yearling is the most expensive...

Medaglia d’Oro colt brings $1 million to top opening session of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

A colt by leading sire Medaglia d’Oro sold for $1 million to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier to lead the first day of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale Monday, which saw strong participation from a diverse contingent of domestic and foreign buyers. Keeneland sold 108 yearlings for a gross of $34,531,000, down 22.65 percent from the opening session in 2015 when 150 horses sold for $44,642,000. The session...

Keeneland’s premier September Yearling Sale gets underway Monday for two-week run

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, which this year to date has produced 38 Grade/Group 1 winners around the world to lead all other sales companies, opens its 73rd edition on Monday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. ET. A total of 4,479 horses were cataloged to the sale, which will cover 13 sessions through Sunday, Sept. 25 and be streamed live on Keeneland.com. The September Sale catalog represents the cream...

Former Turfway president Elliston joins Keeneland team in new vice president racing, sales position

Keeneland announced Tuesday that Robert N. Elliston, executive vice president & COO of Breeders’ Cup Limited since 2012, will join the historic Thoroughbred race track and sales company in the new position of Vice President of Racing and Sales, effective Aug. 29.   Keeneland’s globally significant racing and sales business lines will be consolidated under Elliston to align resources, foster...