Keeneland has announced that it will move its year-round simulcast wagering operations to The Red Mile, the historic Standardbred track in Lexington, beginning July 15, 2015.

Keeneland and The Red Mile will offer wagering on Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing at one Lexington location. 

The two tracks are investing nearly $2 million to significantly upgrade the Grandstand area of The Red Mile for simulcast patrons. 


Keeneland officials have announced that the April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be put on hiatus for 2015.

First held in 1993, the April Sale has featured a small, select catalog of top-quality 2-year-olds sold during a single-session auction which is conducted on a dark day early in the Spring Meet. It is one of four annual sales held by Keeneland, the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house. The 2015 April Sale had been scheduled for Monday, April 6.


Keeneland’s 2014 Fall Meet, highlighted by the debut of a new dirt surface, the track’s first $1 million race and world-class racing that produced a large contingent of Breeders’ Cup-bound horses, closed Saturday with the third-highest Fall season attendance in Keeneland history. 

On-track attendance for the 17-day Fall Meet, held Oct. 3-25, totaled 251,574, third behind the fall records of 266,466 and 259,710 recorded in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Average daily attendance was 14,798, down 5.59 percent from last fall’s 15,674. 

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The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction, closed Sunday (Sept. 21) with results nearly equal to 2013, continuing a healthy trend toward market stability and confidence in the Thoroughbred industry.


Increases in average and median prices and the sale of two fillies for more than $1 million apiece marked a robust opening session of the 71st Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“I think the first day went very, very well,” Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. “There was very strong, competitive bidding, a good cross section of buyers and a good cross section of prices. The figures reflect that it was a very competitive day.”


Keeneland and Country Boy Brewing will unveil the new Keeneland Sale Ale, a small-batch beer produced by the local brewery designed to promote and celebrate Keeneland’s world-renowned September Yearling Sale in the Central Kentucky community.


Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, Ky., will collaborate to host the second Sporting Art Auction on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

The 2014 collection features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture from renowned artists. The artwork will be exhibited for public viewing in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion beginning with the September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 8-21.


Keeneland’s conversion of its main track from a synthetic surface to a dirt surface is progressing on schedule.

More than 16,000 tons of Polytrack have been removed from the track, and a new drainage system along both the inside and outside rails is currently being constructed.

This unique system will work in tandem with the existing vertical drainage system located beneath the track that was installed during the 2006 renovation.

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Keeneland will offer 17 stakes worth a total of $4.925 million during its 2014 Fall Meet from Oct. 3-25. The 17-day season will award approximately $600,000 in average daily purses as one of the richest racing programs in North America, while Keeneland debuts a state-of-the-art dirt surface on the main track and features races for horses headed to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.


Keeneland has announced that it is converting its main race track from synthetic Polytrack material to a state-of-the-art dirt surface, with a drainage system that will be the first of its kind in North America.

The conversion will take place over the summer, with construction scheduled to begin May 19 and be completed Aug. 15. The track will reopen for training Sept. 1. The Fall Meet begins Oct. 3.


Keeneland announced today that it will build a multipurpose facility – the Keeneland Event Center – on its campus to house state-of-the-art simulcast wagering, Instant Racing and dining. The facility is scheduled to open in July 2015.

Located near the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center (which will now be named the Keene Barn), the 40,000-square-foot Keeneland Event Center will mirror the look and feel of existing structures on the property, featuring a limestone façade and tasteful, understated decor. 


An exhibit of the fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture cataloged for the inaugural Sporting Art Auction will be open to the public Monday-Saturday, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

The Sporting Art Auction will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The public also is welcome to view the artwork during the November Breeding Stock Sale, which runs Nov. 5-14.

Keeneland Sees Increased Yearling Sales

Sep 23, 2013
The Lane Report

‘Phenomenal’ is a word used to describe this month’s yearling sale at Keeneland.  Gross sales over its 12 days were up more than 27 percent over last year.  

Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell says their new format worked well.  It saw a broad cross section of yearlings sold at a variety of prices.  Plus, buyers had more time to inspect the merchandise.  

Russell says they had their best number since before the recession.

Keeneland Predicts Increased Sales

Aug 1, 2013

Keeneland will see an increase in the number of yearling thoroughbreds in the sales ring this September.  Its catalogue, which was released this week, lists three-hundred more horses than were auctioned-off last September.  Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson says the increase comes despite the smallest crop of foals in North America in modern times...

“We figured that we would probably be down somewhat but, we’re happy to be up and I think it’s just a higher percentage of the people are putting their horses on the market this year.” --Walt Robertson