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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...

Prohibitive favorite Art Collector set to run against full field in Ellis Park Derby on Sunday

The field was set Thursday for Sunday’s first-ever Kentucky Derby prep staged at Ellis Park, with Keeneland’s Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass winner Art Collector heading the 13 3-year-old colts and geldings entered in the $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby. “It’s Art Collector and all the rest,” said trainer Tom Amoss, who will try to pull off the upset with Grade 3 Ohio Derby victor Dean Martini....

Keeneland announces realignment of racing and sales operations to better serve global clientele

As part of a strategic realignment of its core racing and sales operations, Keeneland has announced changes in roles for members of their executive leadership team. The Lexington-based Thoroughbred racetrack and sales company expects these adjustments to strengthen its ability to execute its mission and better serve the needs of its global clientele. Shannon Arvin Keeneland President-elect Shannon...

After Toyota Blue Grass Stakes victory, Hernandez focuses on Kentucky Derby aboard Art Collector

Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. has won America’s richest horse race. Now the Ellis Park regular has his sights on America’s most revered race, the Kentucky Derby. That long-held dream took an important step forward when Hernandez guided Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector to a 3 1/2-length victory over the talented filly Swiss Skydiver in Keeneland’s $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on July 11. The...

Keeneland concludes historic five-day summer meet with total handle of $63 million

Keeneland successfully closed its unprecedented five-day Summer Meet on Sunday with all-sources wagering of more than $63 million. Driving robust wagering were top-quality race fields and the enthusiastic support of fans who were watching and wagering remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All-sources wagering on the Summer Meet, held July 8-12, totaled $63,299,331. Average daily all-sources...

Swiss Skydiver takes on the boys in field of 13 in Saturday’s $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

Peter Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver will try to put herself on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail Saturday when she takes on males in a field of 13 horses entered for the 96th running of the $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland’s main track. A major steppingstone for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve to be run Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs,...

Keeneland takes lead in Blue Grass Farms Charities ‘Gallop and Graze’ matching gift campaign

Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) will launch its inaugural matching gift campaign in July, “Gallop and Graze,” to further the mission of the charity. Founded in 2003, Blue Grass Farm Charities’ purpose is to provide health and human services to those working in the Thoroughbred racing community. With a commitment to this mission, BGFC has announced Gallop and Graze, a matching campaign to provide...

Keeneland, UK Athletics to produce ‘A Day at Keeneland Presented by Toyota’ broadcast

Keeneland and University of Kentucky Athletics have announced a new program to deliver Keeneland’s Summer Meet to the Big Blue Nation. This Saturday (July 11) from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. EST, the UK Sports Network in partnership with Keeneland will broadcast “A Day at Keeneland Presented by Toyota.” This four-hour broadcast will feature continuous coverage of Keeneland’s Saturday...

Keeneland at Home to provide unique opportunities for fans to watch, wager on July 8-12 Summer Meet

Keeneland has announced Keeneland at Home Presented by Central Bank, which offers a variety of creative and fun ways for fans to remotely enjoy Keeneland’s five-day Summer Meet, to be held July 8-12. The season, which accommodates a portion of the 16-day Spring Meet that Keeneland was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be held without fans. “Fans flock to Keeneland during our...

Keeneland, Maker’s Mark partner to help disabled jockeys fund with commemorative bottle

Keeneland and Maker’s Mark have a rich history of working hand-in-hand to benefit the community and the horse industry. This year is no exception as the two iconic Kentucky brands have announced the 2020 Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle, with all proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys...

Bill Thomason to retire as Keeneland President and CEO; Shannon Bishop Arvin named successor

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of 2020 after a decade with Keeneland Association, including eight years at the helm of the global racing and sales company. Shannon Bishop Arvin, who as a partner with Stoll Keenon Ogden (SKO) has served as corporate counsel to Keeneland since 2008 and as Secretary and Advisory Member of Keeneland’s Board...