Monday, March 29 2010


Keeneland April Sale Preview Day on Thursday, April Sale Set for April 5


LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2010) – Keeneland has cataloged 181 horses for its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held at 4 p.m. ET Monday, April 5. Buyers have the opportunity to see the juveniles perform under tack during a Preview Show Thursday, April 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The April Sale will be broadcast live by HRTV and at Keeneland.com.





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Toyota Blue Grass, Central Bank Ashland Fields Taking Shape


TOYOTA BLUE GRASS, CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND FIELDS TAKING SHAPE

Fields for Keeneland’s two marquee spring events for 3-year-olds are taking shape with six horses deemed probable for the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 10 and seven fillies considered probable for Saturday’s Central Bank Ashland (G1), according to racing secretary Ben Huffman.

Heading the list of Toyota Blue Grass probables is Padua Stables’ Odysseus, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) in his most recent start. Trained by Tom Albertrani, Odysseus is expected to arrive at Keeneland on April 4.





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Friday, March 26 2010


Handicappers Have Plenty of Action During Keeneland’s Spring Race Meet


LEXINGTON, KY (March 26, 2010) – If you enjoy watching and wagering on world-class Thoroughbred racing, Keeneland will offer plenty of action during its 15-day spring racing season from April 2-23.

Keeneland will offer a full slate of wagers, including low-cost options that are popular with fans of all skill levels. New this spring is a 50-cent Pick Three wager in which a handicapper must select the winner of three consecutive races. Other budget-conscious wagers include a 50-cent Pick Four and a 50-cent Trifecta wager, as well as a 10-cent Superfecta.





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Monday, March 22 2010


“It’s Time for Keeneland” Special Events Highlight 2010 Spring Racing Season


LEXINGTON, KY (March 22, 2010) – While Keeneland presents world-class Thoroughbred racing during its 2010 spring season from April 2-23, the racetrack will offer fans of all ages a variety of dynamic special events, from the popular College Scholarship Day and Breakfast With the Works, to fundraisers such as Riders Up!, handicapping contests and a day honoring members of the military.

Here are some of the highlights:





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Thursday, March 18 2010


Keeneland to Offer 50-Cent Pick Three Wagers For Spring Race Meet


LEXINGTON, KY (March 18, 2010) – Keeneland will offer a 50-cent Pick Three wager during its upcoming spring race meeting.

The Pick Three is a wager in which you select the winner of three consecutive races. The previous minimum on the Pick Three was $1.

Keeneland currently offers 50-cent Pick Four and Trifecta wagers, as well as a 10-cent Superfecta.





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Saturday, March 06 2010


Keeneland Announces New Format for 2010 September Yearling Sale


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2010) – Keeneland Association officials today announced a new format for its 2010 September Yearling Sale, which will begin Sunday, September 12.

“The new format reflects the changing Thoroughbred industry,” said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson. “We’ve been working in collaboration with our customers, particularly our consignors, over the last few years to develop a format that fits the current dynamics and needs of our buyers and sellers.”





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Wednesday, March 03 2010


Keeneland’s First-Ever Annual Pass on Sale March 2


LEXINGTON, KY (March 2, 2010) – Beginning March 2, Keeneland racing fans can, for the first time ever, purchase an annual pass—good for general admission each day of both the 2010 spring and fall race meets—for just $50. The pass also entitles each owner to receive special offers throughout the year, including special discounts at keenelandshop.com and free admission to the Equestrian Room during simulcasting.

Keeneland’s spring meet runs April 2-23, while the fall meet will be held Oct. 8-30 for 32 days of live racing. General admission to the races is $5.





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Friday, February 26 2010


Champion She Be Wild, Grade 1 Winner Blind Luck Top Central Bank Ashland Nominees


LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 26, 2010) – Reigning champion juvenile filly She Be Wild, and Las Virgenes Stakes (G1) winner Blind Luck headline a talented group of 109 three-year-old fillies nominated to Keeneland’s $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1), slated for Saturday, April 3.

Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Wild and Blind Luck, owned by Mark DeDomenico, John Carver and Jerry Hollendorfer, were co-highweighted fillies at 123 pounds on the 2009 Experimental Free Handicap.





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Champion Lookin At Lucky, Fountain of Youth Winner Eskendereya Highlight Nominations


LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 26, 2010) – Champion Lookin At Lucky and Eskendereya, an 8½-length winner of the Fountain of Youth (G2), are among the 162 three-year-olds nominated to Keeneland’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), to be run Saturday, April 10.

The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass is one of the country’s richest Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races. Nineteen horses, including most recently Street Sense in 2007, have used the Blue Grass as a steppingstone to victory in the Derby.

This year, NBC will broadcast the Toyota Blue Grass as part of a new series in partnership with Churchill Downs called The Road to the Kentucky Derby. The show will air live from 5-6 p.m. ET.





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Friday, February 12 2010


Keeneland Catalogs 181 Horses For 2010 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale


LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 11, 2010) – Keeneland has cataloged 181 horses for its upcoming April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held on Monday, April 5. The one-day session will begin at 4 p.m. ET.

Prospective buyers can see the juveniles perform under tack during a one-day Preview Show, scheduled for Thursday, April 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m.





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Wednesday, January 27 2010


Comprehensive Article Reaches One Conclusion:  Engineered Surfaces Improving Horse Safety


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2010) – A comprehensive article published last week in one of racing’s leading publications unequivocally concludes that engineered surfaces have reduced fatal injuries, saving the lives of hundreds of horses.

The article in the Winter 2010 magazine edition of the Thoroughbred Daily News, also contends that in many cases tracks with engineered surfaces have larger field sizes and have better weathered the decline in betting and handle being driven by a challenging national economy.





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Wednesday, January 20 2010


Keeneland Grads, Connections Shine During Eclipse Awards


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2010) – Keeneland Association sales graduates excelled during last night’s 39th annual Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Five horses – either sold at Keeneland sales or who won major stakes races during one of its meets -- won six awards during the ceremony, honoring the best in the Thoroughbred industry at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In addition, Julien Leparoux, who won his fourth Keeneland riding title in April, was named best jockey.





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