Thursday, September 03 2009

Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Announce Changes to November Sale Dates

Lexington, KY (September 3, 2009) – Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton have jointly announced changes to their November sales schedules to better accommodate horsemen attending the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita, to be held Friday and Saturday, November 6-7.

Due to the scheduling adjustments, Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale will begin Tuesday, November 10, at 10:00 a.m. and run through Sunday, November 22. Fasig-Tipton will conduct its Selected Mixed Sale on Tuesday, November 10, at 5:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 19 2009

Keeneland Unveils New Technology for September Yearling Sale

Lexington, KY (August 18, 2009) –Keeneland is unveiling technological innovations and features for all its sales, including a new service to promote the sale of horses that did not reach their reserve in the auction ring, as well as the re-launch of its mobile site.

Keeneland’s new Kee-Bid service allows buyers to submit a bid via on horses that did not reach their reserve in the auction ring. Interested buyers will be able to submit an offer, along with their contact information, via a link on the results summary page for horses listed as RNA (Reserve Not Attained). An email detailing the bid amount and the potential buyer’s contact information is sent to Keeneland officials and to the consignor. Then, the consignor and buyer can move the process forward via Keeneland’s sales channels.

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Keeneland’s Director of Communications To Retire

Lexington, Ky. (August 18, 2009)—Keeneland’s long time Director of Communications, Jim Williams, today announced plans to retire after more than 38 years with the company. He will step down in December.

Williams succeeded J.B. Faulconer as Keeneland’s Director of Publicity in November 1971 and, ultimately, assumed the title of Director of Communications for the company. He has worked under three company presidents—Ted Bassett, Bill Greely and current CEO Nick Nicholson.

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Thursday, July 30 2009

5,189 Yearlings Cataloged for Keeneland September Sale

Lexington, KY (July 30, 2009) – Keeneland officials announced today that 5,189 yearlings have been cataloged for the 2009 September Yearling Sale, scheduled for September 14-28.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. daily; no sale will be conducted Friday, September 18. Keeneland will provide live coverage of the entire 14-day sale at September Sale catalogs will be available on-line at beginning Tuesday, August 11. Catalogs will be mailed the week of August 24.

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Thursday, July 09 2009

Keeneland Announces 2009 Fall Stakes Schedule Worth $5.125 Million

Lexington, KY ( July 9, 2009) – Keeneland has scheduled 19 stakes worth $5.125 million for its 2009 fall race meeting, to be held October 9-31. Highlighting the fall stakes schedule is the announcement of Mr. and Mrs. William Shively’s Dixiana as the new sponsor for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity, and the elevation in graded status for the Thoroughbred Club of America, Woodford and Fayette Stakes.

Keeneland’s opening FallStars Weekend, October 9-11, will feature nine graded stakes, five of which are Grade 1 – the $500,000 Darley Alcibiades, for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Friday; Saturday’s $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, for 3-year-olds and up, $500,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and $400,000 First Lady, for older fillies and mares at one mile on the turf; and the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster, for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday.

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Wednesday, July 08 2009

Keeneland Lowers Commission Rate On RNAs for Upcoming Sales Season

Lexington, KY (July 8, 2009) – Keeneland officials announced today that the sales commission on horses which fail to meet their reserve (RNAs) will be lowered to 2.5 percent for the upcoming sales season. The sales commission for horses sold will remain 4.5 percent.

The lower rate will take effect immediately, spanning the 2009 September Yearling and November Breeding Stock Sales, and the 2010 January Horses of All Ages Sale. Commission rates will be reviewed annually following this season.

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Wednesday, July 01 2009

Keeneland Magazine Earns Top Prize At 2009 American Horse Publications Awards Dinner

Lexington, KY (June 30, 2009) – Keeneland magazine, published quarterly by Blood-Horse Publications, was recognized with the top award for general excellence at the 2009 American Horse Publications (AHP) annual awards program, held June 27 in New Orleans.

Published by Blood-Horse Publications since the spring of 2000, Keeneland magazine showcases the distinctive charm of Keeneland, as well as the unique treasures of Central Kentucky and the Thoroughbred industry.

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Tuesday, June 23 2009

Keeneland To Host Nine Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races

Lexington, Ky. (June 22, 2009)— Keeneland will host nine Breeders’ Cup Challenge races during its 17-day fall meeting, which begins Friday, October 9.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of automatic qualifying races for the $25.5 million 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. A record 62 races in seven countries comprise the series.

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Wednesday, June 10 2009

Overbrook Farm to Disperse Thoroughbred Stock

Lexington, Ky. (June 9, 2009)—Overbrook Farm, founded and developed by the late William T. Young into one of North America’s most successful breeding establishments, announced today that it will completely disperse its Thoroughbred yearlings, breeding stock and the majority of its horses in training, beginning at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.

“Over a period of more than 30 years my father developed Overbrook Farm into one of the most successful and respected breeding operations in the world,” said Bill Young Jr. “The decision to disperse is a personal one that came after a great deal of thought. I simply don’t have the same passion for the Thoroughbred sport that my father did, despite my respect for the business.”

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Friday, May 22 2009

Ted Bassett Autobiography Goes to a Second Printing

Lexington, KY (May 20, 2009) – Keeneland’s Ted Bassett: My Life, the autobiography of longtime Keeneland executive James E. “Ted” Bassett III, is going to a second printing. Having been released only seven weeks ago, the first printing of the book has almost entirely sold out.

“Ted’s book has been a tremendous critical and commercial success,” said Stephen M. Wrinn, director of the University Press of Kentucky, publisher of the autobiography. “It’s one of our best selling titles this year, and we believe it’s destined to have a long life in the marketplace.”

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Thursday, April 30 2009

Mark Maronde, Dr. Johnny Mac Smith Join Keeneland Sales Staff

Lexington, KY (April 30, 2009) – Keeneland officials today announced two new additions to its sales staff – Mark Maronde as Sales Account Executive and Dr. Johnny Mac Smith DVM as a member of the yearling inspection team.

Maronde joins Keeneland from WinStar Farm, where he has worked in the bloodstock division since 2004. Maronde brings more than 20 years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry to his position at Keeneland, where he will assist in sales recruiting and marketing.

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Wednesday, April 29 2009

Keeneland September Yearling Sale Yields 13 Kentucky Derby Entrants

Lexington, KY (April 29, 2009) – The 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale has yielded 13 of the 20 horses entered today in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

The group includes co-second choices on the morning line, Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Pioneerof the Nile and Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Dunkirk, who was sold for the sale-topping price of $3.7 million; Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Friesan Fire; Toyota Blue Grass (G1) winner General Quarters and runner-up Hold Me Back; and UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) winner Desert Party.

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