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Market for quality thoroughbreds remains steady as Keeneland January Sale comes to a close Thursday

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale came to a close Thursday with gross sales of more than $45 million, boosted by a number of prominent dispersals: 21 in-foal broodmares from Canada’s acclaimed Sam-Son Farm; 39 mares, yearlings and horses of racing age from Lane’s End, agent for the Complete Dispersal of the Estate of Paul Pompa Jr.; and 41 mares, yearlings and horses of racing age from...

Yearling colt by Munnings brings $475,000 to top first session of Keeneland’s four-day January sale

A newly turned yearling colt by Munnings sold to Larry Best’s OXO Equine for $475,000 to record the highest price of Monday’s Book 1 opening session of the four-day Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Hunter Valley Farm, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of stakes winner Sea Shadow, by Jump Start. For the session, Keeneland sold ­­­­­­­207 horses for $12,155,400, for an average...

Keeneland catalogs 1,588 horses for 2021 January Sale; to feature Sam-Son, Pompa, Spry dispersals

Keeneland has cataloged 1,588 horses for its 2021 January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will include dispersals of Sam-Son Farm, Paul Pompa Jr. and Spry Family Farm during the four sessions of the sale, to be held Jan. 11-14. Keeneland will continue to offer online and phone bidding to enable buyers to participate in the January Sale remotely while employing onsite COVID-19 protocols similar to those...

Award-winning Director of Broadcast Services G.D. Hieronymus to retire from Keeneland on Feb. 1

G.D. Hieronymus, who has served as Keeneland’s Eclipse Award-winning Director of Broadcast Services since 2000, has announced his retirement effective Feb. 1, 2021. Hieronymus will continue to work during Keeneland’s spring and fall race meets and on special projects for the track and its industry and philanthropic partners. G.D. Hieronymus “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this...

Andrew Wyeth’s Over the Hill commands $109,250 to top Sunday’s virtual Sporting Art Auction

Andrew Wyeth’s Over the Hill, a watercolor painted by Wyeth in 1973 that remained in his personal collection until 2006, brought $109,250, including buyer premium, to headline Sunday’s eighth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington held virtually on Sunday afternoon. Over the Hill, Andrew Wyeth Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bidding on this...

Keeneland wraps 10-day November Breeding Stock Sale; signs indicate stable thoroughbred market

Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale ended Wednesday following 10 days of competitive trade for quality broodmares, broodmare and stallion prospects, weanlings and horses of racing age, including nine horses sold for $1 million or more, while recording strong participation from many prominent domestic and foreign horsemen who make up the sale company’s deep buying bench. “Keeneland ends this...

Keeneland announces Digital December Sale for horses of all ages; entries open Nov. 23

Keeneland on Monday announced it will hold a December Digital Sale for horses of racing age, broodmares, weanlings, yearlings and others on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and will begin accepting entries to the sale on Monday, Nov. 23. The December Sale will be conducted via the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring platform, which is supported by HorseCo. The platform enables Keeneland to host small, select online auctions...

Leading horse racing organizations partner with UK to support research efforts to improve surface safety

By Holly Wiemers  University of Kentucky While 2020 has largely seen tracks closed for in-person fans, horse racing has continued. So have the sustained efforts of a group of tracks and industry organizations that formed a partnership early in the year to collectively support the surface safety research efforts at the University of Kentucky.  Churchill Downs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Keeneland,...

Maker’s Mark bottle, in partnership with Keeneland, benefits Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

With the Nov. 6-7 return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Keeneland Race Course, a unique commemorative item available to race fans and bourbon lovers alike will also be a great way to benefit a worthy cause. Maker’s Mark, the official bourbon of the Breeders’ Cup, has partnered with Keeneland for the second time in 2020 to create a uniquely designed, limited-edition bottle with proceeds...

Keeneland wraps 17-day Fall Meet, begins preparation for Breeder’s Cup Nov. 6-7

Keeneland successfully concluded its Fall Meet on Saturday, showcasing racing’s top equine and human athletes who competed here in anticipation of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at the track on Nov. 6-7 while continuing its philanthropic mission of supporting the Central Kentucky community and the Thoroughbred industry. “On behalf of Keeneland, our sincerest thanks to our fans across the...

Keeneland announces four new members to Advisory Board of Directors; Nicholson, Smith to retire

Keeneland has announced four new additions to its Advisory Board of Directors. Gatewood Bell of Cromwell Bloodstock, Coolmore’s Aisling Duignan, Juddmonte Farms’ Garrett O’Rourke and Sarah S. Reeves of Stoll Keenon Ogden were announced as the newest additions to the board Friday. Nick Nicholson, Keeneland President and CEO from 2000-2012, and J. David Smith Jr. of Stoll Keenon Ogden are retiring...

Keeneland catalogs 3,777 horses for November Breeding Stock Sale; online, phone bidding available

Keeneland has cataloged 3,777 horses for the 2020 November Breeding Stock Sale, which opens Nov. 9, two days after Keeneland hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the second time. Buyers will be able to participate in the auction remotely through online and telephone bidding options successfully introduced at the September Yearling Sale, while the new bidding location at the Show Barn next...

Keeneland to advance philanthropic mission during Fall Meet; to raise funds for worthy causes

True to its mission, Keeneland will support and raise funds for a number of worthy causes in the Central Kentucky community and the Thoroughbred industry during the 2020 Fall Meet, which opened Friday and runs through Oct. 24. The 17-day season will be closed to the public because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “While this Fall Meet will certainly feel different, Keeneland’s steadfast commitment...

Fields set for three Grade 1 races on Saturday in Keeneland’s prestigious Fall Stars Weekend

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, Madaket Stables and Rockin Robin Racing Stable’s Bowies Hero will attempt to become the third horse to win the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in consecutive years when he faces 10 rivals Saturday in the 35th running of the $750,000 race at Keeneland. The Shadwell Turf Mile is one of five graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Shadwell...

Keeneland wraps 12-day September Yearling Sale; 15 yearlings bring $1 million or more

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended Friday with solid results generated by competitive trade throughout the 12-day auction and the sale of 15 yearlings for $1 million or more. The 2020 sale, held with extensive COVID-19 protocols to create the safest environment possible for participants, was led by a $2 million colt by leading sire Tapit. “The September Sale can be measured as a success...

Keeneland, majority owners of Kentucky Downs plan for new racing facilities in Southeastern Kentucky

Keeneland and the majority owners of Kentucky Downs announced Monday their filing of an application for a racing license and proposed construction of a state-of-the-art racing facility and related track extension in Kentucky to be located in Corbin and Williamsburg, respectively. The proposed facilities will feature live Standardbred racing and historical racing machines for guests from Kentucky and...

Keeneland, TCA launch joint initiative to assist thoroughbred industry backstretch, farm workers

Keeneland and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) today announced an initiative to provide September Yearling and November Breeding Stock Sales buyers the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to TCA to assist our industry’s backstretch and farm workers, many of whom have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The voluntary donation will be included in the buyers invoice and equate to...

Strong market continues at Keeneland as Into Mischief colt bring $1 million to top fourth session

Keeneland’s fourth session of the September Yearling Sale on Thursday recorded active commerce among a number of the industry’s major buyers and featured the sale of an Into Mischief colt to Peter Leidel for $1 million. Keeneland sold 195 yearlings during today’s session for $34,507,000, for an average of $193,554 and a median of $160,000. Cumulatively, 589 horses have grossed $160,583,000, for...

Tapit colt brings $2 million to top Keeneland yearling sale’s second session; nine bring $1 million or more

A partnership of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert LaPenta, Gainesway and Winchell Thoroughbreds paid $2 million for a colt by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Tara’s Tango to top Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which was marked by competitive bidding and the sale of nine yearlings for $1 million or more. For today’s final session of the two-day...

Keeneland catalogs 4,272 horses for 77th annual yearling sale scheduled for September 13-25

Keeneland announced today that 4,272 yearlings have been cataloged for the 77th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held over 12 sessions from Sept. 13-25. Globally recognized as the Thoroughbred industry’s most important sale, the auction will offer online bidding and expanded phone bidding for those buyers participating remotely. Keeneland’s enhanced online September Sale catalog...