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Keeneland Catalogs 4,644 Yearlings For 2019 September Sale

Keeneland announced that 4,644 yearlings have been cataloged for the 76th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held Sept. 9-22. The auction, which attracts the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent domestic and international buyers to purchase horses to compete at the highest levels of racing globally, features a revised format for Books 1 and 2 […]

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‘Blows Up In Your Face Without Any Warning’: The Ongoing Debate Over Synthetics Vs Dirt In Horse Racing

With the Thoroughbred racing industry still trying to pin down the reasons behind the fatalities at Santa Anita this year, Tim Sullivan writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal about reasons behind synthetic tracks falling out of favor in North America racing. Sullivan points out there are only five racetracks competing on synthetic, despite clear and concrete […]

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10 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races Part Of Keeneland’s Record Fall Stakes Schedule

Keeneland will offer a record $5.675 million in stakes purses during its 17-day Fall Meet from Oct. 4-26, which opens with the prestigious Fall Stars Weekend. Eighteen stakes, 10 of which are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races led by the $1-million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are on tap with $50,000 purse increases slated for the Buffalo […]

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Julie Cauthen, Gabby Gaudet Join Keeneland’s Yearling Inspection Team

Keeneland announced today that prominent bloodstock agent Julie Cauthen has joined the company’s September Yearling Sale inspection team. Additionally, Gabby Gaudet, a TVG racing analyst and Keeneland expert commentator, is expanding her role at Keeneland to include U.S. sales representation. “We are excited to welcome Julie and Gabby to the Keeneland sales team,” Keeneland Vice […]

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‘Excited And Nervous All At The Same Time’: Mean Sophia Takes Goebel On Whirlwind Trip To Keeneland April Sale

Most 2-year-olds headed to auction in the spring have a fairly conventional method of doing so: Train up to the under-tack show, breeze under the clock for a furlong or two, go through the sale ring, and prepare for a debut start later in the year. In contrast, Mean Sophia’s path to the Keeneland April […]

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Keeneland April 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale Catalog Now Available Online

Keeneland has cataloged 72 juveniles for its 2019 April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern, on Tuesday, April 9. The 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale catalog is available online by clicking here. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of March 18. This year’s April sale also will offer a selection of horses of […]

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Keeneland Adds Racing Age Section To April Sale

Keeneland has expanded its 2019 April Sale, which traditionally features 2-year-olds in training, to include horses of racing age. The April Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, immediately following the Spring Meet opening weekend that kicks off Thursday, April 4. Headlining the nine stakes that weekend are the $1-million Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass […]

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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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Keeneland Adds Two Turf Sprints To Spring Meet Stakes Schedule

Keeneland today announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open Thursday, April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be […]

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Champion Abel Tasman Consigned To 2019 Keeneland January Sale

Champion Abel Tasman, who won the 2017 Kentucky Oaks and five other Grade 1 races while earning nearly $2.8 million in her career, will be offered as a broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency at Keeneland’s 2019 January Horses of All Ages Sale. Cataloged as Hip 288, Abel Tasman will sell Monday, Jan. 7, […]

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