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Keeneland January sale closes with highest gross since 2008, record average and record-tying median

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday with robust results – the highest gross since 2008, a record average and a record-equaling median – produced by vibrant trade that reflected the continued buyer confidence and demand for quality Thoroughbreds seen during last fall’s September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale. Highlighting the auction was the sale of champion...

Distorted Humor mare brings $750,000 to top Tuesday’s session of Keeneland January sale

Brisk trade produced healthy results during Tuesday’s second session of the January Horses of All Ages Sale, topped by the sale of the multiple Grade 3-winning Distorted Humor mare House Rules, in foal to Quality Road, to WinStar Farm for $750,000.   On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 242 horses for $17,805,100, for an average of $73,575 and a median of $35,000. During the second session in 2018, 229 horses...

Keeneland enhances 2019 Spring Meet with earlier opening day, two new stakes races

Keeneland has announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open on April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be held April 4-26, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1),...

Equibase, Keeneland announce partnership to conduct pilot test for workout data using GPS

Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite technology. Equibase currently has GPS systems at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico, and is the official timer at those tracks. Equibase’s GPS technology partner,...

Keeneland catalogs 1,555 horses, headlined by champion Abel Tasman, for 2019 January sale

Keeneland has cataloged 1,555 horses, headlined by champion Abel Tasman, for its 61st January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 7-10, 2019. January Sale catalogs are available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are scheduled to be delivered the week of Dec. 17. The catalog includes 701 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 597 yearlings, 252 horses of racing age and five stallions. Supplementary...

LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab, Justify halter and more sold at Keeneland’s Top Sporting Art Auction

Enthusiastic bidding and the sale of LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab for $149,500, including buyer premium, headlined the sixth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. Among the highlights of the auction was the sale of items belonging to Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify that raised $67,850 in...

Marquee Miss brings $750,000 to top Tuesdays first book 2 session at Keeneland November sale

Multiple stakes winner Marquee Miss, a half-sister to 2018 Grade 1 winner Promises Fulfilled, sold to WinStar Farm for $750,000 and led a strong day of commerce on Tuesday at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. On Tuesday, the first day of the two-session Book 2, Keeneland sold 223 horses for $34,942,000 for an average of $156,691 and a median of $125,000. There are no comparable figures from...

Champion Lady Eli, My Miss Sophia bring top prices during opening day of Keeneland November Sale

Champion and five-time Grade 1 winner Lady Eli and Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia, both in foal to leading sire War Front, were among eight horses to bring $1 million or more during a robust day of trade to open Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale. Monday’s session featured an exclusive Book 1 with graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and exceptional weanlings cataloged. Keeneland sold...

Keeneland concludes fall live racing meet with record all-sources wagering of more than $144 million

Keeneland successfully concluded its 2018 Fall Meet on Saturday with Fall Meet record all-sources wagering of more than $144 million, driven by Fall Meet records for single-day all-sources, Pick Four and Pick Five handle. All-sources wagering on live racing at Keeneland (not including whole-card simulcasting at Keeneland) totaled $144,309,944 for the 17-day Fall Meet, held Oct. 5-27. The figure surpassed...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association, The Mocktail Project use ‘Mocktober’ to promote inclusion of non-drinkers

For the second straight year, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and The Mocktail Project have declared this week “Mocktober” to promote inclusion of non-drinkers and empower more mindful consumption. Through Sunday, Kentuckians are encouraged to visit more than 20 participating bars, restaurants and distilleries to enjoy a non-alcoholic “mocktail” or craft their own at home using recipes...

At Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day two students snag $10k scholarships: Jordan Blain, Alex Johnston

Friday was College Scholarship Day at Keeneland in which full-time college students received free general admission and the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships awarded after each race. In addition, two $10,000 Runhappy Scholarships (one of which was only available to a student with a tie to the horse industry) were awarded. Runhappy Scholarship winners Jordan Blain and Alex Johnston with...

Keeneland, Equestricon form expanded partnership around fan development and wagering

As the fall meet at Keeneland begins, and less than a month until the second-annual Equestricon convention and festival, the two organizations have announced details of an exciting new collaboration. Fans can expect to see a larger presence from the BETologist program — which educates patrons on all aspects of handicapping and wagering — at both Keeneland this fall and at Equestricon. Keeneland...

Restless Rider headlines overflow field for Friday’s 67th running of the Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, runner-up in the Spinaway (G1) in her most recent start, headlines a field of 14 2-year-old fillies plus two also-eligibles entered Tuesday for Friday’s 67th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Darley Alcibiades serves as the centerpiece of the opening-day program for the 17-day Fall Meet that...

Keeneland catalogs 4,509 horses for 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale featuring revised format

Keeneland has cataloged 4,509 horses for its 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale to be held Nov. 5-16. Headlining the November Sale catalog are graded stakes winners and graded stakes producers, led by champion Lady Eli, in foal to War Front; Grade 1 stakes winners Dream Tree, Lady Ivanka, Sailor’s Valentine, Vasilika and Zipessa, the latter in foal to Medaglia d’Oro; and Grade 2 winner Ollie’s...

Four graded stakes winners return to Keeneland October 5-7 for opening Fall Stars Weekend

Four graded stakes winners from Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Stars Weekend, including Suedois (FR), who took the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are among the list of horses nominated to this year’s Fall Stars Weekend on Oct. 5-7, opening weekend of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet that runs through Oct. 27. Fall Stars Weekend features 10 stakes, nine of which are graded, worth $3.95 million. Five of...

Keeneland ends September Yearling Sale with ‘electric’ commerce and $377m in gross receipts

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale concluded Sunday with commerce described as “electric” at every level of the market during the 13-day auction, held Sept. 10-23. The bellwether sale produced gross receipts of $377,130,400, which was the fourth highest in September Sale history and approached the record heights of the mid-2000s. Average price bested last year’s record. Twenty-seven horses...

After four-year hiatus, Keeneland 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale returns April 9

Keeneland officials announced Friday that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held on April 8. “Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 September Yearling Sale graduates participating,” said Bob Elliston,...

After one-day hiatus, Uncle Mo colt brings $1 million to top opening day of book 2 at Keeneland

After a one-day break at the conclusion of a blockbuster Week 1 of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale that produced gross sales exceeding $216 million, the momentum continued Saturday led by the sale of the Uncle Mo colt Wall Street Lion for $1 million. The colt, the 27th million-dollar horse of the 2018 September Sale, is the first seven-figure sale of the auction’s fifth session since 2011 and...

Medaglio d’Oro colt brings top price of $2.1 million as Keeneland wraps final book one session Thursday

Amer Abdulaziz’ Phoenix Thoroughbreds paid $2.1 million for a Medaglia d’Oro colt who is a half-brother to 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Stopchargingmaria to top Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Six million-dollar horses were sold during the session, the final day of the premier Book 1, increasing the total number of seven-figure purchases to 26,...

Colt from first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tops Keeneland’s third session

Robust competition for Thoroughbred racing prospects among a global contingent of buyers continued Wednesday during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where a colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah brought $1.4 million and six other yearlings sold for more than $1 million each. The seven million-dollar sales increased the total number of yearlings...