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Keeneland Conducts Focus Group Tests For Virtual Auctions

Keeneland’s four auctions on the calendar are tentpoles of the bloodstock industry, but BloodHorse reports that the growing online auction space spurred by social distancing has the company testing out web-based platforms for a year-round marketplace. Over 40 consignors and buyers took part in a recent simulated online auction hosted by Keeneland to test the […]

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Elliston Addresses Plans For Keeneland Sales, Racing In Letter To Customers

Following is a letter from Keeneland vice president of racing and sales Bob Elliston addressing the current plans and contingencies for the company’s future sales and race meets in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. To our customers: I hope this note finds each of you well and healthy. During these uncertain times, every day presents […]

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Keeneland September Yearling Sale To Start As Planned On Sept. 14

Keeneland’s 2020 September Yearling Sale, the world’s most significant Thoroughbred auction, will begin as planned on Monday, Sept. 14. “This auction is vital not only to Keeneland, but to the entire Thoroughbred industry and the Central Kentucky community at large,” Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The Keeneland sales team is moving forward full […]

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Keeneland September Sale Could Shift Dates Closer To Rescheduled Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby and the Keeneland September Yearling Sale have traditionally kept a safe distance from each other, but BloodHorse reports that the Derby’s rescheduling to Sept. 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic could also lead to a shift in the bellwether auction’s start date, as well. As it stands now, the Derby would take […]

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‘2020 Looks Remarkably Like 2019’: Deceptively Steady Market At Keeneland January Sale

The tough thing about selling a record-tying $5-million horse at an auction normally populated by blue-collar offerings is it can make for a tough act to follow. Putting that into consideration, the 2020 edition of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale did a respectable job holding its own. Last year’s edition featured the […]

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‘It’s Crazy Energy’: Gaudet Makes History In Keeneland Auctioneer’s Stand

At any given renewal of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, the soundtrack of Hip 1021 being put on offer usually registers as background noise to most beyond the seller and potential buyers. This time around was quite different. The voice was familiar. Anyone who has watched televised horse racing over the past […]

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Keeneland Catalogs 1,827 Horses For 2020 January Horses Of All Ages Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 1,827 horses for its 62nd January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will cover five sessions from Jan. 13-17. January Sale catalogs are available online at Print catalogs are scheduled to be delivered around Dec. 20. The catalog includes 800 newly-turned yearlings, 780 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 190 racing and broodmare prospects, […]

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‘Satisfied With The Outcomes’: Keeneland November Sale Closes On Steady Footing

As the biggest North American marketplace for the youngest Thoroughbreds and for the producers of generations to come, the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale was poised to be a key referendum on the future of the industry in the eyes and pocketbooks of its own members during a most unstable time. If confidence in the […]

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Take Charge Brandi Tops Keeneland November Sale’s Book 1 At $3.2-Million

Take Charge Brandi took command of the top spot at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Wednesday with a final bid of $3.2 million, but life for the Eclipse Award winner after the sale is going to look a lot like life before she got on the trailer to leave the farm. The 7-year-old […]

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