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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 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 Library opens exhibit of historic photos Oct. 1; Library Lecture Series resumes Oct. 23

The Keeneland Library is presenting two special events in October in conjunction with the Fall Meet. On Oct. 1, there will be the opening of an exhibit of historic photos titled “From the Vault: Historic Tracks.” And on Oct. 23, the resumption of the popular Library Lecture Series takes place when Milt Toby discusses his book “Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case.” Founded...

Jockey Perry Ouzts gets 7,000th career win, celebrates milestone with old friend at Belterra

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Fans didn’t have to wait long to see jockey Perry Ouzts get career win 7,000 at Belterra Park in Cincinnati Friday. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.1'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,...

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...

Liane Crossley: Reduced foal crop could explain sudden surge in Triple Crown winners

The question had been asked for a generation—would the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing ever be won again? The question was answered on June 6, 2015 when American Pharoah became the 12th winner of the elusive honor. This past Saturday, Justify added an exclamation point when he, too, completed the sweep. The most recent Triple Crown winner had been the mighty Affirmed who achieved the distinction...

English jockeys now living American dream; Gilligan, Doyle among Turfway’s top riders

Jockey Jack Gilligan and trainer Jeff Greenhill (Photo by John Engelhardt)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   As an aspiring jockey on his first visit to Kentucky, Englishman Jack Gilligan quickly realized he wanted to return. Two years after that initial sojourn, Gilligan ranks among the top riders at Turfway Park in Florence. By coincidence, he is joined on the leader board by...

English jockeys now living American dream; Gilligan, Doyle among Turfway's top riders

Jockey Jack Gilligan and trainer Jeff Greenhill (Photo by John Engelhardt)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   As an aspiring jockey on his first visit to Kentucky, Englishman Jack Gilligan quickly realized he wanted to return. Two years after that initial sojourn, Gilligan ranks among the top riders at Turfway Park in Florence. By coincidence, he is joined on the leader board by...

Renovation of racing surface under way as Keeneland prepares 2015 Breeder's Cup

(Photo from Keeneland)   Keeneland’s conversion of its main track from a synthetic surface to a dirt surface is progressing on schedule.   More than 16,000 tons of Polytrack have been removed from the track, and a new drainage system along both the inside and outside rails is currently being constructed. This unique system will work in tandem with the existing vertical drainage system located...

77th Ashland Stakes ends in dead heat with Rosalind, Room Service sharing the purse

Saturday’s 77th running of the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland was ruled a dead heat. (Photo from Keeneland.)   Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind and Gary and Mary West’s homebred Room Service could not be separated after a stretch duel to win in the 77th running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a sun-splashed crowd of 27,688 on Saturday afternoon at...

Billy Reed: Response to ‘serial cheaters’
like Asmussen will signal racing’s fate

(Kyforward file photo)   “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke   Mention Steve Asmussen and the wiseguys on the backstretch always would roll their eyes and shake their heads. They would tell you, privately, he wasn’t winning all those races, all over the country, strictly because he was a superior horseman. They would say...

Billy Reed: Response to 'serial cheaters' like Asmussen will signal racing's fate

(Kyforward file photo)   “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke   Mention Steve Asmussen and the wiseguys on the backstretch always would roll their eyes and shake their heads. They would tell you, privately, he wasn’t winning all those races, all over the country, strictly because he was a superior horseman. They would say...

Keeneland Library releases Thoroughbred books, journals and magazines at public sale

Keeneland Library’s special sale will allow the general public to purchase duplicates of historic Thoroughbred magazines, books and journals. (Photo from Keeneland)   For the first time since its establishment in 1939, the Keeneland Library will sell duplicate books, journals and magazines from its unique collections during a special event for the public on March 6-8. Approximately 7,000...

Liane Crossley: Ohio’s alternative gaming having little effect on Ky. horse racing … so far

Horse racing fans purchased River Downs grandstand seats earlier this year in a most unusual way.   Instead of buying the chairs as afternoon rentals at the Cincinnati-area Thoroughbred track, fans bought them as permanent mementos of a historic property demolished to make way for a racino.   The limited offering of 300 seats, a fundraiser for retired racehorse care, signaled the end of an...

Seth Kochera: Orb, Revolutionary seal Derby deal; Santa Anita, Wood highlight week’s end

It was a very busy weekend on the Derby prep scene last weekend as several horses punched their tickets to the 2013 Kentucky Derby.   The Florida Derby (G1) was billed as a showdown between the “big three” consisting of Itsmyluckyday (Lawyer Ron), Orb (Malibu Moon), and Shanghai Bobby (Harlan’s Holiday). Early on, the race was taken at a slow pace by longshots Merit Man (With Distinction)...

Alternative gaming at Cincinnati racetrack could bolster purses, lure Kentucky horses

River Downs' iconic clubhouse is the only thing not being torn down to make room for a new 'racino' - a racetrack/casino operation. (Photo by MIchael Monks)   By Liane Crossley KyForward contributor   The concept is simple—offer big prize money and racehorses will come.   For Kentucky-based Thoroughbred owners and trainers, that often means venturing to other regions to capitalize...