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Keeneland Library releases Thoroughbred books, journals and magazines at public sale

 Keeneland Library's special sale will allow the general public to purchase duplicates of historic Thoroughbred magazines, books and journals. (Photo from Keeneland)

Keeneland Library’s special sale will allow the general public to purchase duplicates of historic Thoroughbred magazines, books and journals. (Photo from Keeneland)

For the first time since its establishment in 1939, the Keeneland Library will sell duplicate books, journals and magazines from its unique collections during a special event for the public on March 6-8. Approximately 7,000 books, many of which are from the 19th and 20th centuries, and journals dating from the 1930s to the present will be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the sale will enhance the library’s ability to preserve its collections and to offer outreach and research services.
The sale will take place in the Keene Barn at Keeneland’s Entertainment Center on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on March 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As the world’s largest repository of materials on the Thoroughbred, the Keeneland Library serves fans and researchers who value and enjoy Thoroughbred racing and its history. Most of the duplicate books are currently out of print, and all but the rarest books will be priced to sell.
Material in the sale covers equine art, fiction, horse care, breeding and pedigrees, history, the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup, biographies, racetrack media guides and memorabilia. Titles include:
Rare books from the 19th and 20th centuries: Sporting Society (1897), The American Turf (1898), First-Hand Bits of Stable Lore (1903), Catalogue of Books on Sport & Natural History (1904) and Pretty Polly (1907).
Large sets: American Stud Book, Blood-Horse Weekly, Wallace’s Annual Register and Ruff’s Guide to the Turf & Sporting Life.
International stallion registers and stud books: Weatherby’s Stallion Book, Chronique du Turf, Japan Stallion Statistical Record, and New Zealand Stud Book.
Volumes and single magazine issues: The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, Palermo Blanca and Turf Elevage.
There will be no advance sales. All purchases must be made in person. Most books are priced from $1 to $25, although some rare books will be individually priced based on market value, condition and scarcity.
During the book sale the Keeneland Gift Shop will also hold its popular annual sale, featuring giveaways and special discounts at Keeneland’s Entertainment Center. The sale will run Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WBUL-FM’s DeAnn Stephens will be at the sale on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. for giveaways. Special pricing discounts will be available to shoppers from 9 – 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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