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Society
6:58 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Keeneland September Yearling Sales Opens

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While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks.  The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.

With 13 sessions, Keeneland's September sales are billed worldwide as the top thoroughbred auction of the year.  Keeneland Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says major buyers from almost every state and 50 countries will be in town.  She says gross sales a year ago were up 27%.  "We're very optimistic going into this sale that we'll have a very robust sale.  There's lot of optimism in the thoroughbred industry right now and the market is very strong in sales that have been leading up to this September sale," said Gregory.

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Sports
7:01 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Breeders Cup Allegedly Headed to Keeneland

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Two Kentucky newspapers are reporting Keeneland will host the 2015 Breeders Cup World Championships.  Although not confirmed by the track or the Breeders Cup, reports in the Lousiville Courier Journal and Lexington Herald Leader cite sources indicating a formal announcement is expected later this month.  Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director David Metsger said Keeneland is a good fit for the Breeders Cup.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Barn Fire Kills 8 Thoroughbreds in Lexington, Investigators Working to Determine Cause

A barn fire near Keeneland in Lexington has taken the lives of eight Thoroughbred horses.

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Business
4:04 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Pre-Recession Prices Paid For Keeneland Yearlings Long Gone

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A solid crop of one year olds, a mild summer, and a new format contributed to a break out September Yearling Sale at Keeneland. The just completed 12 day sale saw a 27% increase in gross sales over last year. Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell called it ‘phenomenal,’ but adds prices have not yet recovered from the recession.

“We’ll never get back to pre recession times because once the financial crisis happened in 2008, it cut off a lot of credit to people to buy horses so those prices were highly inflated," said Russell. "So, now we’re down to and back to a very true and fair market that is discretionary income driven.”

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Culture
12:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Keeneland Features New Attractions At This Year's Season Opening

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Keeneland will be featuring a number of new attractions and services at this year’s Spring Race Meet starting tomorrow. But one unwelcome change could be the amount of traffic – as major construction is set to continue on US60/Versailles Road for the next ten months. Keeneland spokesperson Julie Balog said state and local officials have been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to lessen the impact of the roadwork.

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Business
4:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Keeneland Breaks Records

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Records in both overall and single day attendance were broken this spring at Keeneland Race Course.   Over 40,000 people visited the Lexington facility on April 14th for the Bluegrass Stakes.  In total, spokeswoman Amy Gregory says over 269,000 people were in the stands during the 15-day meet.

“We’ve actually been very blessed with some terrific weather this spring.  And, we’ve had just some fantastic racing, the support of our horsemen has been wonderful.”