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After four-year hiatus, Keeneland 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale returns April 9

Keeneland officials announced Friday that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held on April 8. “Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 September Yearling Sale graduates participating,” said Bob Elliston,...

After one-day hiatus, Uncle Mo colt brings $1 million to top opening day of book 2 at Keeneland

After a one-day break at the conclusion of a blockbuster Week 1 of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale that produced gross sales exceeding $216 million, the momentum continued Saturday led by the sale of the Uncle Mo colt Wall Street Lion for $1 million. The colt, the 27th million-dollar horse of the 2018 September Sale, is the first seven-figure sale of the auction’s fifth session since 2011 and...

Medaglio d’Oro colt brings top price of $2.1 million as Keeneland wraps final book one session Thursday

Amer Abdulaziz’ Phoenix Thoroughbreds paid $2.1 million for a Medaglia d’Oro colt who is a half-brother to 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Stopchargingmaria to top Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Six million-dollar horses were sold during the session, the final day of the premier Book 1, increasing the total number of seven-figure purchases to 26,...

Colt from first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tops Keeneland’s third session

Robust competition for Thoroughbred racing prospects among a global contingent of buyers continued Wednesday during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where a colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah brought $1.4 million and six other yearlings sold for more than $1 million each. The seven million-dollar sales increased the total number of yearlings...

War Front colt brings $2.4 million on Keeneland’s second sale day; eight bring $1 million or more

A colt by War Front from the family of Hall of Famer Rags to Riches became the most expensive Thoroughbred yearling to sell anywhere in the world to date this year when he commanded $2.4 million from Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. War Front also sired the day’s top-priced filly, a half-sister to champion and Kentucky Derby (G1)...

Keeneland delays start of first four days of September Yearling Sale due to inclement weather

Keeneland has pushed back the start time for the Sept. 10-13 sessions of the September Yearling Sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. because Sunday’s inclement weather has affected buyers’ inspection of horses being offered these days in the premier Book 1.   “We want to give buyers sufficient time to inspect the horses in Book 1,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The...

Keeneland interactive tours offer 2,900 fifth-graders hands-on Thoroughbred industry experience

Keeneland will welcome nearly 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area public and private schools each day this week to participate in interactive tours designed to broaden their understanding of the immense historical, economic and cultural importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. Now in its eighth year, the program has given more than 20,000 fifth-grade students the opportunity to see...

Keeneland announces format changes to September Yearling, November Breeding Stock Sales

Keeneland announced Thursday significant sales-related developments: a change to the Week 1 format of its 2018 September Yearling Sale, the creation of a boutique one-day Book 1 session to kick off the 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale and the return of its April Sale in 2019. These adjustments were made with input from participating consignors and buyers and reflect market trends, Keeneland officials...

Keeneland announces record $5.575 million stakes schedule, new Breeders’ Cup Challenge race

Keeneland will award $5.575 million in stakes purses for its 17-day Fall Meet to be held Oct. 5-27. It will mark a record for a season without the Breeders’ Cup World Championships while offering Shadwell Farm’s 20th year of sponsorship of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1); the addition of the $200,000 Indian Summer as the season’s 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In”...

Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s North American Racing Academy part of Justify’s story

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) North America Racing Academy (NARA) students can now boast of having worked with racing greatness early in their careers. Mussad on Justify in Late 2017 (provided photos) NARA graduates Austin Motley and David Mussad, while working for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland in 2017, were involved in the early training of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify....

Keeneland to celebrate Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby days with family-friendly activities

Keeneland invites fans to watch and wager on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) while enjoying a variety of family-friendly activities and accommodations ranging from a casual picnic in the Paddock to Grandstand seating to tailgating on The Hill. On Oaks and Derby Days, fans may picnic at no charge in the Paddock and Walking Ring and view...

Kentucky by Heart: Former EKU sports information director Karl Park finds new outlet in horse racing

If you live anywhere in the Richmond area or have been a keen observer of college sports in Kentucky for several decades, the name Karl Park is probably familiar. As Eastern Kentucky University’s sports information director from 1970 until he retired from that role in 2004, his dedication to EKU and quality service to the sporting public garnered him a Colonel’s share of awards along the way, not...

Keeneland concludes 2018 Spring Meet with all-sources wagering of more that $157 million

Keeneland closed its 2018 Spring Meet on Friday with near-record all-sources wagering on Keeneland of more than $157 million, highlighted by an all-time single-day handle record on Toyota Blue Grass Day and driven by full fields of quality horses and competition among the nation’s top owners, trainers and jockeys. All-sources wagering on Keeneland racing totaled $157,172,604 for the 16-day Spring...

Keeneland partners with God’s Pantry Food Bank to distribute 1,400 pounds of surplus food

Keeneland has partnered with God’s Pantry Food Bank to donate more than 1,400 pounds of excess food from its spring meet dining operations to benefit charitable organizations in central Kentucky. Keeneland coordinated pickup of proteins and vegetables each race day with God’s Pantry Food Bank via MealConnect, which is an online food recovery tool created by Feeding America. The Food Bank is a member...

Keeneland adjusts Spring meet opening day schedule in preparation for possible inclement weather

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Keeneland is adjusting the morning schedule for its Spring Meet opening Saturday to allow more time to prepare the facility for the afternoon’s race card. Keeneland will cancel Sunrise Trackside, its morning program for fans held during training hours. Additionally, gates will open Saturday at noon rather than the usual 11 a.m. Post time for the first race...

Champion Good Magic is 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

E Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic, purchased for $1 million at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 94th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2). A total of 15 3-year-olds, including one also-eligible, was entered Tuesday for the 1 1/8-mile main track test that serves as a...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to host ownership seminar at Keeneland April 22

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting an Ownership Seminar Sunday, April 22 at Keeneland in Lexington. The day-long seminar will provide an inside look at the basics of Thoroughbred ownership. Panels will consist of industry professionals who will cover various topics of ownership such as acquisition, the purchasing and selling process, owner and trainer relationships, partnerships,...

Caledonia Road, Rushing Fall headline nominations for Keeneland’s opening weekend April 6-8

Two 2017 Breeders’ Cup winners – champion Caledonia Road, who won the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies (G1), and the undefeated Rushing Fall, winner of the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) – headline the list of horses nominated to six graded stakes that are part of eight stakes to be run during the April 6-8 opening weekend of Keeneland’s 2018 Spring Meet. The 16-day season, from April 6-27, offers...

Keeneland announces online ticketing for Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle signing April 13

Keeneland officials today announced a new online ticket distribution process for its popular Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle signing, to be held Friday, April 13, at the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. The new online system will enable customers to reserve an e-ticket for the bottle signing via the Keeneland website beginning Monday, April 9, at 8:30 a.m. No tickets will be given out at Keeneland. Tickets...

Keeneland announces Kyle Wilson and Dean Roethemeier as newest additions to sales team

Keeneland officials have announced that Kyle Wilson and Dean Roethemeier will join the sales team as Sales Associates effective March 19. Dean Roethemeier Kyle Wilson Wilson and Roethemeier bring a breadth of international experience to Keeneland gained while working with major industry organizations around the world. Both are graduates of the Darley Flying Start (now Godolphin Flying Start) program. “We...