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Keeneland launches Digital Sales Ring; online Select Horses of Racing Age Sale set for June 23

Keeneland officials have announced the launch of the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring, a stand-alone online auction platform accessible to buyers and sellers around the world at Keenelanddigital.com. Kicking off the new digital platform will be a Select Horses of Racing Age Sale scheduled for June 23. “The Keeneland Digital Sales Ring marks a significant milestone in our rich sales history and expands...

KHRC Race Dates Committee approves Keeneland Summer Meet; event to be held July 8-12

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Race Dates Committee on Wednesday approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free, five-day Summer Meet to be held July 8 through July 12. “Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to our request, and we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these unprecedented times,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason...

Keeneland requests five-day Summer Meet in July; event would be held without spectators

Keeneland has submitted a request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee for a five-day Summer Meet, to be held July 8 through July 12. Under the current safety protocols, the Summer Meet would be held without spectators. The summer dates accommodate a portion of the 16-day Spring Meet that Keeneland was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeneland also will share...

Keeneland, partners expand COVID-19 support with introduction of Nourish the Backstretch

Nourish the Backstretch, a partnership between Keeneland, Nourish Lexington and Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) will provide weekly meals and groceries to stable-area workers at Keeneland and The Thoroughbred Center (TTC). More than 500 people are employed by trainers to care for horses at the two locations. Proceeds from wagers placed through Keeneland Select, Keeneland’s online ADW, during May...

Keeneland 2020 September Yearling Sale to start as planned on Sept. 14; entry deadline remains May 1

Keeneland’s 2020 September Yearling Sale will begin as planned on Sept. 14. “This auction is vital not only to Keeneland, but to the entire Thoroughbred industry and the Central Kentucky community at large,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The Keeneland sales team is moving forward full steam with plans for the September Sale. Like every aspect of life right now, there are...

Nourish Lexington initiative to employ displaced food service workers, feed Lexington families in need

Several Central Kentucky community organizations have announced the creation of Nourish Lexington, an initiative to utilize hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings as well as other community food assets to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food. FoodChain, with support from the E.E. Murry Family Foundation, Keeneland and VisitLEX, formed Nourish...

Keeneland cancels Spring Meet; decision ‘agonizing’ but ‘we all need to take care of each other’

Keeneland officials announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and mass gatherings that include “conferences, festivals, parades,...

Keeneland announces Spring Meet will open on April 2 without spectators; cancels April 7 sales event

After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health and with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Keeneland is taking the following steps out of an abundance of caution to do its part in containing the spread of COVID-19 while upholding its commitments to the local community, the Thoroughbred industry...

Keeneland catalogues 70 for April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age sale set for April 7

Keeneland has cataloged 70 juveniles for its 2020 April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Ages Sale, to be held Tuesday, April 7. The Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale catalog is available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs will be mailed Friday, March 13. For horses of racing age cataloged to the April Sale, a digital catalog – featuring Daily Racing Form past performances and Thoro-Graph...

Tickets for 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on sale Monday, safety measures, purses upgraded

KyForward staff The countdown is on: starting at 9:00 a.m. Monday you can get your tickets to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. Due to expected high demand, Those wishing to purchase  are encouraged to go to the Tickets section of the Breeders’ Cup website to browse available seating options so you are ready to purchase at 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday. It is recommended...

Keeneland, Churchill Downs reinforce commitment to safety with racing and training reforms

Keeneland and Churchill Downs have jointly announced major changes in racing and training policies to strengthen safety protocols at both race tracks. Reforms include mandatory veterinary inspections prior to workouts and race entry and enhanced reporting and transparency requirements for trainers and attending veterinarians with regard to the fitness of horses to work and race. These reforms also...

Storm the Court, Mr. Monomoy among nominees to Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass

Champion Storm the Court and recent Risen Star Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) winner Mr. Monomoy, the leading point earner on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), are among the 136 3-year-olds nominated to the 96th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 4, the opening Saturday of Keeneland’s Spring Meet. This marks the 25th season Toyota has sponsored the race. Click here...

Get set for spring at the track in Handicapping 101 with ‘Ubercapper’ Ellis Star at BCTC April 24

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is helping Central Kentucky prepare for the spring horse racing season by bringing handicapping expert Ellis Starr to the Bluegrass. Starr will conduct Handicapping 101, the basics of picking the winners, at the Keeneland Race Course on April 24. Starr, racing analyst, handicapper, fan educator, and known as the “Ubercapper,”...

Keeneland offers Job Fair, Hiring Center for more than 2,000 seasonal employment opportunities

Keeneland is looking to fill more than 2,000 seasonal positions for the upcoming Spring Meet and will hold a Seasonal Job Fair on Feb. 29 and March 23, and a Hiring Center that will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout March. Staffing needs for the Spring Meet, which covers 16 days of racing from April 2-24 and the annual Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) celebrations on May 1-2,...

Keeneland, UK HealthCare launch Kids Club to provide health education to wider audience

Keeneland and UK HealthCare have kicked off the Kids Club aspect of their new multiyear partnership announced last fall – now formally recognized as the Keeneland Kids Club in Partnership with UK HealthCare Kentucky Children’s Hospital – with the goal of providing health education to a wider audience. Established in 2012, the Keeneland Kids Club is the official Kids Club for Keeneland fans 12...

Zulu Alpha’s connections set sights on return to Kentucky after Pegasus World Cup win at Gulfstream

Zulu Alpha in the Pegasus World Cup Turf. (Photo by Coglianese Photography/Gulfstream Park via Kentucky Downs) Michael Hui called it “almost an out-of-body experience” winning his first Grade 1 stakes as Zulu Alpha kicked off his 7-year-old season Saturday with a two-length victory in Gulfstream Park’s $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf. The gelding had already given Hui his first $1 million win...

Thoroughbred Charities of America named charitable beneficiary of annual holiday giving campaign

Thoroughbred Charities of America was named the charitable beneficiary of the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual holiday giving campaign. More than $5,000 was raised and will be used for 2020 grant making to qualified and approved organizations that work on behalf of Thoroughbreds and the people who care for them. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Thoroughbred Club of America,” said...

Keeneland Spring Meet stakes worth season-record $4.8 million; Maker’s 46 Mile increased to $400,000

Keeneland has announced its 2020 Spring Meet stakes schedule, which features 18 stakes anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) and is worth a season-record $4.8 million in purse money. Purse increases highlight the Spring Meet, to be held April 2-26, with the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) boosted by $100,000 to $400,000, and Baird Doubledogdare (G3) and Giant’s...

Kentucky racetracks applaud KHRC’s adoption of medication reforms in show of unprecedented unity

Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racetracks – Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs – united in their support of the medication reforms adopted Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC). Their passage demonstrates an unprecedented unity among Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing associations and a commitment to continue moving forward on initiatives that further...

Keeneland catalogues more than 1,800 for January Horses of all Ages Sale set for January 13-17

Keeneland has cataloged 1,827 horses for its 62nd January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will cover five sessions from Jan. 13-17. January Sale catalogs are available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are scheduled to be delivered around Dec. 20. The catalog includes 800 newly turned yearlings, 780 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 190 racing and broodmare prospects, 29 racing and stallion...