Sir Alfred Munnings’ ‘A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath’ brings top price at 2017 Sporting Art Auction

Spirited bidding and the sale of Sir Alfred Munnings’ A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath for $186,300, including buyer premium, highlighted the fifth annual Sporting Art Auction, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. The Sporting Art Auction is a collaborative effort between Keeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred sales company, and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, the country’s foremost gallery...

Market remains strong as Keeneland November sale closes with increases in overall average, median

Fierce competition for quality horses among an exceptionally deep buying bench generated healthy results as Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Saturday. Buyer confidence carried forward from the September Yearling Sale, spurring premium prices; increases in average and median; and the sale of 18 horses for $1 million or more, led by the $6 million paid by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier...

Southern Lights Holiday Festival returns to Kentucky Horse Park Friday, open through Dec. 31

The 24th annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. A holiday tradition for many families, more than 120,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation. Families...

You’re to Blame brings $440,000 as horses of racing age take spotlight at Keeneland’s November sale

Horses of racing age were featured on Tuesday during the eighth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, fetching the day’s highest prices, led by the $440,000 paid by Steven W. Young, agent, for You’re to Blame, a 3-year-old graded stakes-placed son of Distorted Humor from the family of multiple champion Gio Ponti. Lane’s End, agent, consigned You’re to Blame, third in the Bay...

Fools in Love reaches $1 Million to top Thursday session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

England’s Cheveley Park Stud Ltd. paid $1 million for Group 2 producer Fools in Love on Thursday during the third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Fools in Love is the 18th horse to bring $1 million or more during the first three sessions of the November Sale, equaling the number of seven-figure horses recorded during the initial three sessions last year. On the first of two...

For Royalty brings $2.1 Million to top Wednesday session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

For Royalty, dam of Grade 1 winner Constellation in foal to Bernardini, sold to Summer Wind Equine for $2.1 million to lead today’s second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which saw increases in average and median prices and the sale of eight broodmares and broodmare prospects and one weanling for $1 million or more each. On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 105 horses for $41,692,000,...

Ag commissioner praises signing of new agreement to resume live equine exports to China

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing Monday. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where...

Fans, handicappers, make the trip from Kentucky and throughout the region for Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – Kentucky was well-represented with owners, jockeys and trainers at the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar and some fans from the region also made their way out to California for horse racing’s big day. A group made the trip to Del Mar California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Pictured (l to r) Joyce Clark of Louisville, Blaine Morris...

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 wrap-up: Fall meet concludes with on-track attendance the second-highest in history

Keeneland successfully closed its 2017 Fall Meet on Saturday, one that featured 17 days of superlative racing and unique special events that combined to produce the second-highest Fall Meet attendance in track history and solid wagering results. On-track attendance for the Fall Meet, held Oct. 6-28, totaled 270,555, second only to last Fall’s record 276,543. Average daily attendance of 15,915 was...

Veteran handicapper, analyst Mike Battaglia to retire from on-air duties at close of Keeneland’s meet today

Keeneland officials have announced that popular handicapper and racing analyst Mike Battaglia will step down from his on-air race-day duties at Keeneland with today’s close of the Fall Meet. Battaglia will continue to set the track’s morning-line odds and provide expert picks for Keeneland.com. “On behalf of Keeneland and our fans, we thank Mike for his tireless promotion of racing, particularly...

Henry Clay Memorial Foundation presents third annual “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland” Dec. 2

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation proudly continues the annual tradition “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland.” The grounds around the Mansion, the Smokehouse and the Keeper’s Cottage will be transformed into an outdoor village-like market place featuring Kentucky Proud products and the handiwork of Kentucky’s finest artisans. “This year we have over 30 vendors for the Christmas...

Lovely Bernadette gets ground-saving trip to win Keeneland’s $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View

James Miller’s Lovely Bernadette swept by pace-setting I’m Betty G inside the sixteenth pole and had more than enough left to hold off favored Journey Home by 1½ lengths to win the 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View for 3-year-old fillies before a Friday afternoon crowd of 18,378. Trained by Jimmy DiVito and ridden by Florent Geroux, Lovely Bernadette covered the 1 1/16 miles on...

Big Bend much the best in narrow win in $100,000 Sycamore for three-year-olds at Keeneland

Union Rags Racing’s Big Bend swept to the front at midstretch with a powerful burst and then had more than enough left in the tank to hold off Nessy by three-quarters of a length and win the 23rd running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) for 3-year-olds and up before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,324. Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Big Bend covered the 1½ miles on a firm Keeneland...

Phipps Stable’s Browse sweeps to win in featured Mulholland Springs Purse at Keeneland

Phipps Stable’s homebred Browse swept to the lead in midstretch and cruised to a 1½-length victory over Sensitive to win Wednesday’s featured $69,000 Mulholland Springs Purse for fillies and mares before a crowd of 10,219. Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Browse covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:44.44. Browse was the third winner of the afternoon for Ortiz. Browse...

Barn Notes: Fault headlines overflow field entered in Friday’s Pino Oak Valley View at Keeneland

Agave Racing Stable’s Fault, winner of the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington prior to finishing a close third in the Sands Point (G2) at Belmont, tops a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and one also-eligible entered Tuesday for Friday’s 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3). The Pin Oak Valley View, run at 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course, will go as the ninth race on Friday’s...

Last Promise Kept captures Sunday’s featured Claiborne Farm Purse at Keeneland

Tim Turney’s Last Promise Kept rallied from far off the pace to win Sunday’s featured $67,000 Claiborne Farm Purse for fillies and mares by a half-length over La Sola Ranger before a crowd of 13,544. Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Florent Geroux, Last Promise Kept covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:45.58. Sunday’s triumph was the second in three career starts for Last Promise...

La Coronel holds off Daddys Lil Darling to win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland

John C. Oxley’s La Coronel went to the front soon after the break and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by a half-length to win the 34th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 29,636. The figure marked the second-largest Fall Meet attendance in Keeneland history. Trained by...

Morticia spookily good while winning 21st running of Buffalo Trace Franklin County at Keeneland

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia swept past the pace-setting Kasuga in the upper stretch and had more than enough left to turn back Justa Lady and post a half-length victory in the 21st running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares before a sun-splashed Friday afternoon crowd of 17,546. Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Jose Lezcano, Morticia covered the 5½...

Sultry captures Thursday’s featured $67,000 Shadwell Farm Purse at Keeneland

Joseph Sutton’s Sultry charged to the front in deep stretch to win Thursday’s $67,000 featured Shadwell Farm Purse for 2-year-old fillies by a length over Jehozacat before a crowd of 10,323. Trained by Eddie Kenneally and ridden by Corey Lanerie, Sultry covered 7 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:24.10. A Keeneland sales graduate, Sultry is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Malibu Moon out of the Giant’s...