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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...

Keeneland reports brisk commerce in 2019 Breeding Stock Sale: 2,667 horses sold for $200,139,400

Keeneland’s 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Sunday after 12 days of competitive trade fueled by a deep domestic and foreign buying bench. Kicking off the sale was the premier Book 1 catalog of stakes-producing mares, stakes-winning fillies and exceptional weanlings, which delivered 14 seven-figure horses led by the sale of champion Take Charge Brandi, in foal to 2018 Triple Crown winner...

Keeneland wraps fall meet Saturday with increase in average attendance, record for all-sources wagering

Keeneland closed its 2019 Fall Meet Saturday with increases in on-track attendance and record all-sources wagering. “We remain humbled by the depth of support from our fans, our horsemen and our sponsors,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The combination this fall of lovely weather and community engagement through events such as Make-A-Wish Day and Heroes Day helped to showcase...

Keeneland, thoroughbred industry partners to offer $70,000 on College Scholarship Day Friday

Keeneland is partnering with thoroughbred industry entities to offer 18 scholarships worth a total of $70,000 – more than double the $30,000 offered in previous race meets – to students as part of its College Scholarship Day on Friday, Oct. 18. Students may pre-register online to be eligible for scholarship drawings at Keeneland.com. Online registration is available through Thursday, Oct. 17, at...

Three Brown trainees headline field for Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland

OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc, winner of the Del Mar Oaks (G1), tops a field of nine 3-year-old fillies for Saturday’s 36th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1). Contested at 1 1/8 miles on the Keeneland turf course, the stakes will go as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. post time on the 10-race program. First post time is 1:05 p.m. (Photo from Keeneland) Cambier Parc is one...

Blue Prize takes Juddmonte Spinster for Second Year to earn return trip to Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) ran down odds-on favorite Elate in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares by a half-length before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 10,303. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by Joe Bravo, Blue Prize earned a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run...

Six Grade or Group 1 winners highlight Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland

Six Grade or Group 1 winners, including Suedois (FR) and NextShares — the past two victors of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile — are among the 14 horses and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 34th running of the prestigious race. The $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile serves as the centerpiece of a blockbuster 11-race program Saturday that features five graded stakes, three...