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Keeneland Library sets duplicate Thoroughbred book sale to offer unique, rare collections


The Keeneland Library will hold its second Duplicate Book Sale on March 11-12 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

The sale will offer approximately 7,000 items from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries – books, journals, magazines, programs, posters and other materials – for purchase.

Proceeds from the sale will enhance the Library’s ability to preserve its collections and to offer outreach and research services.

“The Keeneland Library is excited to present this second edition of the Duplicate Book Sale,” Keeneland Library Director Becky Ryder said. “Our first Duplicate Book Sale two years ago was an overwhelming success, drawing buyers from five states and introducing the Library to a wide range of people from rare-book dealers to casual collectors.”

Material in the sale covers equine art, fiction, horse care, breeding and pedigrees, history, the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup World Championships, biographies, race track media guides, programs and memorabilia (Keeneland Photo)

Material in the sale covers equine art, fiction, horse care, breeding and pedigrees, history, the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup World Championships, biographies, race track media guides, programs and memorabilia (Keeneland Photo)

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 to be offered are 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 World Championships, biographies, race track media guides, programs and memorabilia. Titles include:

Rare books from the 19th and 20th centuries: Racing in America (1922-1980), American Race Horses (1950s), History of Thoroughbred Racing in America (1964).

Large sets: Ruff’s Guide to the Turf and Sporting Life; Goodwin’s Official Turf Guide; Turf, Field and Farm; Sporting Magazine; Thoroughbred Sires and Dams; European Racehorse & British Racehorse.

Volumes and single magazine issues: The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, Keeneland Magazine, Pacemaker.

Recent titles: Isaac Murphy: The Prince of Jockeys (McDaniels); How Kentucky Became Southern (Wall); Canonero II (Toby); Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World’s Greatest Jockeys (Trollinger); The Iroquois Hunt: A Bluegrass Foxhunting Tradition (Oakford); Racecourse Architecture (Roberts and Taylor).

There will be no advance sales. All purchases must be made in person. Most books are priced from $1-$25, although some rare books will be individually priced based on market value, condition and scarcity.

Shoppers at the Duplicate Book Sale also can purchase raffle tickets to win photographer Katey Barrett’s print “Winter Light.” The limited-edition print measures 20”X 16”. Raffle tickets are $5 or three for $10. Proceeds benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm. Two prints will be raffled.

From Keeneland Communications


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