Bill Thomason

‘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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Keeneland Association Donates $25,000 To Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund

On Saturday the Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research in honor of Ann Hanley, wife of WinStar Farm General Manager David Hanley. Hanley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 49, founded the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund in 2016 to underwrite research into an experimental treatment available only at the […]

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Keeneland’s Thomason Elected Chair Of NTRA

Bill Thomason, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keeneland Association, has been elected Chair of the NTRA Board of Directors. The announcement was made following the NTRA’s regularly scheduled 3rd quarter Board Meeting held on Thursday. The election of Thomason, who has served on the NTRA Board of Directors since 2012, was one of several governance […]

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Keeneland Hosting KEEP Equine Workforce Talent Pipeline Gathering

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, announced that it will kick off its Equine Workforce Talent Pipeline project with an informational breakfast at Keeneland on September 14. Recognizing that the horse industry is a unique and critical part of Kentucky’s economy, with an economic impact of nearly $4 billion annually and responsible for more than […]

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Keeneland: Fifth-Graders Experience The Thoroughbred Industry

Keeneland will welcome nearly 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area public and private schools each day this week to participate in interactive tours designed to broaden their understanding of the immense historical, economic and cultural importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. Now in its eighth year, the program has given more than 20,000 fifth-grade […]

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