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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...

Internationally respected veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown joins Keeneland as Equine Safety Director

Keeneland officials have announced that Dr. Stuart E. Brown II, who cared for an international clientele during his nearly 30-year career with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, will join Keeneland full time as Equine Safety Director. “Dr. Stuart Brown is uniquely talented for the position of Equine Safety Director and to be a leader in enhancing safety practices at Keeneland and throughout...

Kentucky Downs’ live meet in September to include $12 million in purses, 16 stakes over six days

With the addition of a sixth day of racing, Kentucky Downs’ 2020 live meet in September will offer about $12 million in purses, including 16 stakes. Non-stakes purses were reduced in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown but remain the highest in North America. The elite all-turf RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs runs Sept. 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16. The stakes, including five with Grade 3 status, total...

Keeneland launches Digital Sales Ring; online Select Horses of Racing Age Sale set for June 23

Keeneland officials have announced the launch of the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring, a stand-alone online auction platform accessible to buyers and sellers around the world at Keenelanddigital.com. Kicking off the new digital platform will be a Select Horses of Racing Age Sale scheduled for June 23. “The Keeneland Digital Sales Ring marks a significant milestone in our rich sales history and expands...

KHRC Race Dates Committee approves Keeneland Summer Meet; event to be held July 8-12

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Race Dates Committee on Wednesday approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free, five-day Summer Meet to be held July 8 through July 12. “Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to our request, and we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these unprecedented times,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason...

Keeneland requests five-day Summer Meet in July; event would be held without spectators

Keeneland has submitted a request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee for a five-day Summer Meet, to be held July 8 through July 12. Under the current safety protocols, the Summer Meet would be held without spectators. The summer dates accommodate a portion of the 16-day Spring Meet that Keeneland was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeneland also will share...

Keeneland, partners expand COVID-19 support with introduction of Nourish the Backstretch

Nourish the Backstretch, a partnership between Keeneland, Nourish Lexington and Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) will provide weekly meals and groceries to stable-area workers at Keeneland and The Thoroughbred Center (TTC). More than 500 people are employed by trainers to care for horses at the two locations. Proceeds from wagers placed through Keeneland Select, Keeneland’s online ADW, during May...

Keeneland 2020 September Yearling Sale to start as planned on Sept. 14; entry deadline remains May 1

Keeneland’s 2020 September Yearling Sale will begin as planned on Sept. 14. “This auction is vital not only to Keeneland, but to the entire Thoroughbred industry and the Central Kentucky community at large,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The Keeneland sales team is moving forward full steam with plans for the September Sale. Like every aspect of life right now, there are...

Nourish Lexington initiative to employ displaced food service workers, feed Lexington families in need

Several Central Kentucky community organizations have announced the creation of Nourish Lexington, an initiative to utilize hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings as well as other community food assets to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food. FoodChain, with support from the E.E. Murry Family Foundation, Keeneland and VisitLEX, formed Nourish...

Keeneland cancels Spring Meet; decision ‘agonizing’ but ‘we all need to take care of each other’

Keeneland officials announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and mass gatherings that include “conferences, festivals, parades,...

Keeneland announces Spring Meet will open on April 2 without spectators; cancels April 7 sales event

After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health and with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Keeneland is taking the following steps out of an abundance of caution to do its part in containing the spread of COVID-19 while upholding its commitments to the local community, the Thoroughbred industry...

Keeneland catalogues 70 for April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age sale set for April 7

Keeneland has cataloged 70 juveniles for its 2020 April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Ages Sale, to be held Tuesday, April 7. The Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale catalog is available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs will be mailed Friday, March 13. For horses of racing age cataloged to the April Sale, a digital catalog – featuring Daily Racing Form past performances and Thoro-Graph...

Tickets for 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on sale Monday, safety measures, purses upgraded

KyForward staff The countdown is on: starting at 9:00 a.m. Monday you can get your tickets to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. Due to expected high demand, Those wishing to purchase  are encouraged to go to the Tickets section of the Breeders’ Cup website to browse available seating options so you are ready to purchase at 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday. It is recommended...

Keeneland, Churchill Downs reinforce commitment to safety with racing and training reforms

Keeneland and Churchill Downs have jointly announced major changes in racing and training policies to strengthen safety protocols at both race tracks. Reforms include mandatory veterinary inspections prior to workouts and race entry and enhanced reporting and transparency requirements for trainers and attending veterinarians with regard to the fitness of horses to work and race. These reforms also...

Storm the Court, Mr. Monomoy among nominees to Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass

Champion Storm the Court and recent Risen Star Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) winner Mr. Monomoy, the leading point earner on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), are among the 136 3-year-olds nominated to the 96th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 4, the opening Saturday of Keeneland’s Spring Meet. This marks the 25th season Toyota has sponsored the race. Click here...