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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...

Keeneland catalogues more than 4,500 horses for November Breeding Stock sale set for Nov. 6-17

Keeneland has cataloged 4,549 horses for the 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale, which will be held Nov. 6-17 and begin with an exclusive Book 1 featuring 275 graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and notable weanlings. Also cataloged to the sale are offerings connected to two Triple Crown winners: 23 broodmares in foal to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, 22 weanlings by the stallion and...

Keeneland’s November Sale to begin a day later (Nov. 6) to accommodate buyers traveling to Kentucky

Keeneland has announced that its 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale will begin on Nov. 6 at noon and run through Nov. 17. The November Sale, originally scheduled to begin Nov. 5, was moved back a day to allow buyers more time to travel to Kentucky from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita in Southern California and inspect horses at the sale. “In keeping with Keeneland’s...

Keeneland wraps September Yearling Sale headlined by $8.2 million record price, fifth-highest gross sales

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended its 13-session run on Sunday with gross sales of $360,004,700, fifth highest in September Sale history, headlined by the record $8.2 million American Pharoah filly purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm and the $4.1 million colt by Curlin sold to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin. A change in format to Books 1 and 2 boosted the vibrant...

Keeneland’s 79th September Yearling Sale kicks off Sept. 9 featuring 4,644 yearlings over 13 sessions

Keeneland’s 76th September Yearling Sale begins Monday, Sept. 9, with the first of three sessions in the Book 1. Owners and trainers and other members of the industry from around the globe will attend the auction, which has cataloged a total of 4,644 yearlings over 13 sessions through Sunday, Sept. 22. “Buyers from around the world know breeders and consignors offer the cream of the North American...

Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

Keeneland to hold Hiring Center, Job Fair in September to recruit workers for Fall Meet

Keeneland is preparing for its 2019 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 4-26, by conducting a Hiring Center and Job Fair in September to recruit more than 2,000 seasonal workers. Staffing offers a variety of opportunities, including Keeneland Hospitality’s food and beverage services, Parking and Security, The Keeneland Shop, Admissions, Programs, Track Maintenance and Guest Services. Seasonal employees are...

Keeneland catalogs 4,644 yearlings for 2019 September Sale; Book 1 will cover first three days

Keeneland has announced that 4,644 yearlings have been cataloged for the 76th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held Sept. 9-22. The auction, which attracts the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent domestic and international buyers to purchase horses to compete at the highest levels of racing globally, features a revised format for Books 1 and 2 among the changes and enhancements to...

Keeneland to sponsor 13th annual Bluegrass International Cup at Mt. Brilliant Farm on Sept. 6

Keeneland will be the title sponsor of the 13th annual Bluegrass International Cup, a polo match and dinner benefiting the Fayette Alliance Foundation and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation, on Sept. 6 at historic Mt. Brilliant Farm near Lexington. “Keeneland is delighted to become the title sponsor of the Bluegrass International Cup, which is three days before the start of our world-renowned...

Keeneland to award record $5.675 million in stakes purses during 17-day Fall Meet in October

Keeneland will offer a record $5.675 million in stakes purses during its 17-day Fall Meet from Oct. 4-26, which opens with the prestigious Fall Stars Weekend. Eighteen stakes, 10 of which are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races led by the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are on tap with $50,000 purse increases slated for the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) and Sycamore (G3) to increase the value...

Keeneland mourns death of longtime starter and track ambassador Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander

Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday. He was 80 years old. Alexander at Keeneland’s 2018 Fall meet (provided photo). “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said....

Preakness a testament to Kentucky’s horse industry as top five finishers based as Churchill, Keeneland

The Preakness Stakes is staged at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course, but Saturday’s results proved a Kentucky landslide. Keyed by War of Will’s 1 1/4-length victory over Everfast, the top five finishers are all based at Churchill Downs or Keeneland. At left: War of Will, in pink silks on rail, keyed an all-Kentucky top five, with Everfast, black and gold silks with yellow cap, Owendale, outside...

Julie Cauthen, Gabby Gaudet to support Keeneland sales inspection and recruitment efforts

Keeneland has announced that prominent bloodstock agent Julie Cauthen has joined the company’s September Yearling Sale inspection team. Additionally, Gabby Gaudet, a TVG racing analyst and Keeneland expert commentator, is expanding her role at Keeneland to include U.S. sales representation. “We are excited to welcome Julie and Gabby to the Keeneland sales team,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing...

Keeneland announces Christa Marrillia and Marc Therrien have joined executive leadership team

Keeneland officials have announced two additions to the executive leadership team as Christa Marrillia is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, while Marc Therrien is Managing Director of Keeneland Hospitality.  Christa Marrillia “Our world-class marketing efforts and the hospitality we extend to our guests are critical to the success of our core business,” said Keeneland President and CEO...

Keeneland, Churchill Downs each commit $100,000 to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Keeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated jointly announced last week that the two industry icons have each committed $100,000 in contributions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This contribution will enable the sponsorship of two Grayson-approved projects. For the initial two years, 2019 and 2020, the funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover’s Grayson-funded research project, “Training...