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Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s North American Racing Academy part of Justify’s story

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) North America Racing Academy (NARA) students can now boast of having worked with racing greatness early in their careers. Mussad on Justify in Late 2017 (provided photos) NARA graduates Austin Motley and David Mussad, while working for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland in 2017, were involved in the early training of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify....

Keeneland to celebrate Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby days with family-friendly activities

Keeneland invites fans to watch and wager on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) while enjoying a variety of family-friendly activities and accommodations ranging from a casual picnic in the Paddock to Grandstand seating to tailgating on The Hill. On Oaks and Derby Days, fans may picnic at no charge in the Paddock and Walking Ring and view...

Kentucky by Heart: Former EKU sports information director Karl Park finds new outlet in horse racing

If you live anywhere in the Richmond area or have been a keen observer of college sports in Kentucky for several decades, the name Karl Park is probably familiar. As Eastern Kentucky University’s sports information director from 1970 until he retired from that role in 2004, his dedication to EKU and quality service to the sporting public garnered him a Colonel’s share of awards along the way, not...

Keeneland concludes 2018 Spring Meet with all-sources wagering of more that $157 million

Keeneland closed its 2018 Spring Meet on Friday with near-record all-sources wagering on Keeneland of more than $157 million, highlighted by an all-time single-day handle record on Toyota Blue Grass Day and driven by full fields of quality horses and competition among the nation’s top owners, trainers and jockeys. All-sources wagering on Keeneland racing totaled $157,172,604 for the 16-day Spring...

Keeneland partners with God’s Pantry Food Bank to distribute 1,400 pounds of surplus food

Keeneland has partnered with God’s Pantry Food Bank to donate more than 1,400 pounds of excess food from its spring meet dining operations to benefit charitable organizations in central Kentucky. Keeneland coordinated pickup of proteins and vegetables each race day with God’s Pantry Food Bank via MealConnect, which is an online food recovery tool created by Feeding America. The Food Bank is a member...

Keeneland adjusts Spring meet opening day schedule in preparation for possible inclement weather

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Keeneland is adjusting the morning schedule for its Spring Meet opening Saturday to allow more time to prepare the facility for the afternoon’s race card. Keeneland will cancel Sunrise Trackside, its morning program for fans held during training hours. Additionally, gates will open Saturday at noon rather than the usual 11 a.m. Post time for the first race...

Champion Good Magic is 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

E Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic, purchased for $1 million at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 94th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2). A total of 15 3-year-olds, including one also-eligible, was entered Tuesday for the 1 1/8-mile main track test that serves as a...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to host ownership seminar at Keeneland April 22

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting an Ownership Seminar Sunday, April 22 at Keeneland in Lexington. The day-long seminar will provide an inside look at the basics of Thoroughbred ownership. Panels will consist of industry professionals who will cover various topics of ownership such as acquisition, the purchasing and selling process, owner and trainer relationships, partnerships,...

Caledonia Road, Rushing Fall headline nominations for Keeneland’s opening weekend April 6-8

Two 2017 Breeders’ Cup winners – champion Caledonia Road, who won the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies (G1), and the undefeated Rushing Fall, winner of the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) – headline the list of horses nominated to six graded stakes that are part of eight stakes to be run during the April 6-8 opening weekend of Keeneland’s 2018 Spring Meet. The 16-day season, from April 6-27, offers...

Keeneland announces online ticketing for Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle signing April 13

Keeneland officials today announced a new online ticket distribution process for its popular Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle signing, to be held Friday, April 13, at the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. The new online system will enable customers to reserve an e-ticket for the bottle signing via the Keeneland website beginning Monday, April 9, at 8:30 a.m. No tickets will be given out at Keeneland. Tickets...

Keeneland announces Kyle Wilson and Dean Roethemeier as newest additions to sales team

Keeneland officials have announced that Kyle Wilson and Dean Roethemeier will join the sales team as Sales Associates effective March 19. Dean Roethemeier Kyle Wilson Wilson and Roethemeier bring a breadth of international experience to Keeneland gained while working with major industry organizations around the world. Both are graduates of the Darley Flying Start (now Godolphin Flying Start) program. “We...

Three-year-old fillies Monomoy Girl, Caledonia Road top nominees for Keeneland’s April 7 Ashland Stakes

The 3-year-old fillies who are the respective first- and second-leading point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) – recent Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner Monomoy Girl and champion Caledonia Road –– headline the nominees for the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 7, opening Saturday of Keeneland’s 2018 Spring Meet. The 1 1/16-mile Central Bank Ashland has produced 33 winners...

TOBA releases 2018 clinic schedule; April ownership, June breeding clinics planned in Lexington

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the 2018 schedule for its seminars and clinics. These educational events feature various topics for prospective, new and established Thoroughbred owners and breeders. “We are honored to host our seminars and clinics in partnership with many of the top racetracks, breeding farms and sales companies,” said TOBA marketing and education director...

Keeneland announces lower takeout on win, place, show and exacta wagers for 2018 Spring Meet

Keeneland officials announced Thursday that the track will reduce pari-mutuel takeout rates on win, place, show and exacta wagers for its 2018 Spring Meet, to be held April 6-27. Pricing on win, place and show wagers will decrease from 17.5 percent to 16 percent and from 22 percent to 19.5 percent on exactas. Takeout for the Pick Five will be 15 percent. Takeout for all other exotic wagers will remain...

Keeneland announces 2018 Spring Meet stakes schedule featuring 16 races worth record $4.4 million

Keeneland Spring Meet 2017 Keeneland has announced its 2018 Spring Meet will offer 16 stakes worth a season record $4.4 million in purse money. Headlining the meet, to be held April 6-27, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), both nationally prominent classic preps, and enhanced status for the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. Fifteen...

Gross sales rise 21% on buyer confidence, demand for quality as Keeneland January sale comes to close

Keeneland’s 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Thursday with healthy results that signal continued buyer confidence and demand for quality that buoyed the recent September Yearling and November Breeding Stock auctions. Evidence of market strength were the significant growth in gross, average and median prices spurred by competition among major domestic and foreign buyers who took advantage...

William J. Jones presented with 16th annual Leadership Kentucky Flame of Excellence Award

Leadership Kentucky, a statewide leadership development program, held its 16th annual Alumni Luncheon in Lexington at Keeneland last week where the Flame of Excellence award was presented to William J. Jones. The Flame of Excellence award honors an outstanding Kentuckian who bravely goes before and lights the way for others. William (Bill) J. Jones is a Community Banking Division Manager with U.S....

Keeneland marks milestone as January sale tops 2017 gross during Wednesday session

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale reached a milestone Wednesday when gross sales of $31,744,700 through three days of the four-day auction exceeded total sales of $28,785,500 recorded during last year’s entire five-day auction. The total for 651 horses sold this year is 27.03 percent higher than the corresponding period last year when 581 horses brought $24,989,500. The average of $48,763...

Grade 2 winner Mrs McDougal brings $1.6 Million to top Tuesday session of Keeneland January sale

Grade 2 winner Mrs McDougal, the final horse in the ring for Tuesday’s second session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, became the sale’s highest-priced offering when she sold to Steven W. Young, agent, for $1.6 million. Mrs McDougal and a yearling colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah that sold for $1 million Tuesday are the most seven-figure horses...

Stakes winner Bellavais brings $485,000 to top first day of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale

Keeneland realized double-digit growth in gross, average and median prices during Monday’s opening session of the 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale, which was highlighted by the $485,000 paid by Steven W. Young, agent, for Bellavais, a stakes-winning daughter of Tapit from a successful female family developed and raced by Darby Dan Farm. Young said he purchased Bellavais for an undisclosed client...