Bill Thomason

Keeneland To Host Job Fair For 2,000 Seasonal Workers

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 […]

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Keeneland Adds Marrillia, Therrien To Executive Leadership Team

Officials at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., have announced two additions to the executive leadership team: Christa Marrillia is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Marc Therrien is Managing Director of Keeneland Hospitality. “Our world-class marketing efforts and the hospitality we extend to our guests are critical to the success of our core business,” said […]

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Keeneland And Churchill Commit $100K Each To Equine Research Through Grayson

Keeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated jointly announced today that the two industry icons have each committed $100,000 in contributions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This contribution will enable the sponsorship of two Grayson-approved projects. For the initial two years, 2019 and 2020, the funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover’s Grayson-funded research project, “Training Programs for Prevention of Fetlock Injury.” […]

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‘There Is No Guarantee’: Scollay Urges Kentucky Racing To Learn From Santa Anita

The 23 deaths at Santa Anita have cast a grim spectre across the horse racing industry, and the fatal injury of Cathedral Reader at Keeneland during Saturday’s G1 Madison Stakes may move Kentucky into the same spotlight. “California racing is having an existential crisis, and I think we all need to look closely and say, […]

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‘Overcoming Spirit’: Paraplegic Former Jockey Finds Another Way To Race

Armando Rivera, 58, a paraplegic since racing accident at age 18 in California, will race his wheelchair in the March 30 “Run The Bluegrass” half-marathon (13.1 miles) in the area surrounding Keeneland Race Course. Keeneland will be sponsoring Rivera who has competed in over 40 such races around the country. The former jockey’s exercise regimen […]

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Keeneland January Sale Closes With Record Average, Median

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday with robust results – the highest gross since 2008, a record average and a record-equaling median – produced by vibrant trade that reflected the continued buyer confidence and demand for quality Thoroughbreds seen during last fall’s September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale. Highlighting the […]

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Equibase Employs GPS Technology In Tests To Collect Workout Data At Keeneland

Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington, Ky., track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, it was announced Wednesday. Equibase currently has GPS systems at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico, and is […]

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Buyer Confidence Drives Competitive Market As Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Closes

Confidence in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry translated into healthy returns for Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale, which ended today following 12 days of robust trade. The trend of spirited competition among domestic and foreign buyers for quality individuals continued from the September Yearling Sale, resulting in eight horses sold for $1 million […]

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Record Wagering Reported For Keeneland’s 2018 Fall Meet

Keeneland successfully concluded its 2018 Fall Meet on Saturday with Fall Meet record all-sources wagering of more than $144 million, driven by Fall Meet records for single-day all-sources, Pick Four and Pick Five handle. All-sources wagering on live racing at Keeneland (not including whole-card simulcasting at Keeneland) totaled $144,309,944 for the 17-day Fall Meet, held […]

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Keeneland’s Mawsafe Safety Rail Prevents Major Disaster For Daddy Is A Legend

The performance of the Mawsafe safety rail on the inside of Keeneland’s turf course aced a tough test Friday during the running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) when second choice Daddy Is a Legend emerged unscathed from a potentially disastrous situation. Turning for home, Daddy Is a Legend challenged Cool Beans for […]

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