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Gaudet, Hazelton to host ‘Today at Keeneland’ as racetrack, TVG broaden racing, sales relationships

Keeneland and TVG officials have introduced several new initiatives on the racing and sales fronts that further enhance the long partnership enjoyed by the race track and racing network. Beginning with the April 4 opening day of the Spring Meet, TVG racing analysts Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton will host “Today at Keeneland,” the track’s live, on-site preview show, and provide expert commentary...

Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland highlights Spring Meet opening day on April 4

Keeneland kicks off its 2019 Spring Meet on April 4 with a community-wide celebration headlined by an afternoon of racing starting at 3 p.m., followed by the popular Central Bank Thursday Night Live, to be held in the track’s scenic Paddock area. “Keeneland is an iconic gathering place for the community – it’s a rite of spring,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Hosting Central...

Keeneland to feature AC Entertainment’s Railbird Festival, meshing music festival with horse racing

A new event will join Keeneland’s calendar in 2019, bringing with it significant economic and tourism impacts for Lexington. And, it isn’t a horse race. Nationally renowned festival producer AC Entertainment – of Bonnaroo, Forecastle, High Water, Moon River and other top music festivals – is introducing Railbird Festival, taking place on The Grounds at Keeneland this summer Aug. 10-11. “With...

Keeneland holds Hiring Center, Job Fair to fill more than 2,000 seasonal employment positions

Keeneland is readying for its 2019 Spring Meet with the announcement of two employment events aimed at filling more than 2,000 seasonal positions: a Hiring Center that opens Feb. 25 and a Job Fair on March 9. Staffing covers Food and Beverage Service, Parking and Security, The Keeneland Shop, Admissions, Programs, Track Maintenance and Guest Services for the Spring Meet, which covers 17 days of racing...

Richard Nelson: Hold the horses, reign in Oak Grove Casino project; it makes community less stable

Ever hear the saying “hold your horses?” Well, it looks like West Kentucky Development Corp. needs to reign theirs’ in. This is the partnership between Churchill Downs and Keeneland spearheading a new Standardbred track with up to 12 days of horse racing and 365 days of video slot machines in Oak Grove. But the project hit a bump in the road as a competing race track filed a lawsuit...

Keeneland announces changes to format of 2019 April sale, to include horses of racing age

Keeneland announced today that it has expanded the 2019 April Sale, which traditionally features two-year-olds in training, to include horses of racing age. The April Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, immediately following the Spring Meet opening weekend that kicks off Thursday, April 4. Headlining the nine stakes that weekend are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central...

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...