Keeneland Race Track

Stu Johnson

Keeneland’s Fall Meet gets underway Friday afternoon with many horses and jockeys aiming for the Breeders Cup World Championships in early November at Churchill Downs. 

New this fall is an up close look at what thoroughbred owners go through on race day.

Let the Breeders Cup Excitement Start Now

Aug 18, 2018
Stu Johnson

The bugle at the track usually signals the start of a race, but Friday at Keeneland, it sounded for another reason. The 2020 Breeders Cup Championships are coming back to Keeneland. The official announcement came Friday afternoon at the historic Lexington track.

Keeneland Unveils Gold Vase Milestone Trophy

Oct 6, 2016
Stu Johnson

This fall’s meet at Keeneland marks the 80th birthday of the historic Lexington race track.  The three weeks of horse racing include the introduction of a new gold trophy.

Along with a gold-plated cup, tray, bowl and pitcher is the latest addition, a vase.  It’s the next Milestone Trophy recognizing graded stakes wins at Keeneland. 

Lexington 5th Graders Get Keeneland Experience

Aug 25, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News


The Keeneland Race Track is offering a classroom experience for hundreds of Lexington area students.  School children are being educated this week on the finer points of the historic facility, and Keeneland officials hope the youngsters become racing fans.

Hundreds of excited fifth graders started their morning in the sales pavilion.  When it came time for a mock horse auction, everyone got quiet.

The Breeder’s Cup takes over Lexington beginning next weekend. It’s a huge event for the city but especially so for Keeneland, Lexington’s classic thoroughbred race track and host of this year’s Breeder’s Cup World Championships. In this week’s Focus on Business, Tom Martin talks with the man who is overseeing all the planning and preparations, Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason.

Yearling Sale Opens at Keeneland With an Eye on Breeders Cup

Sep 14, 2015

Keeneland’s Yearling Sale is regarded as the primary barometer of the state of the Thoroughbred Industry.  The annual two week auction begins Monday.

Big name trainers like Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher will be eyeing yearlings.  Keeneland’s Amy Gregory says the sale comes as a preview to October’s Breeders Cup.  “You see a lot of horses that were sold at Keeneland during the September sales in particular, sold as yearlings, that are now gonna race in the Breeders Cup when it comes back to Keeneland this fall,” said Gregory.

Lasix Free Racing Debated Within Equine Industry

Apr 29, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    It's not likely to get much attention this week leading up to Derby, but there's a pending rule change that could someday transform the landscape of the horse racing industry. The new rule is not tied directly to training, purses, or gambling but it is a long debated issue.

Certain sights and sounds at the track are well-known and expected. But what many outside of the industry probably do not know is that about four hours before post time, most horses are administered a commonly used drug called Lasix.

Keeneland's Economic Impact to Region Close to $600 Million

Apr 23, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A study just released by the University of Kentucky says Keeneland last year generated $590 million for Lexington and Fayette County.  The economic boost goes beyond traditional racing days.

The new study, the first of its kind on Keeneland, focused on fall and spring racing meets, along with four international Thoroughbred sales.  The economic impact study was conducted by the University of Kentucky's Center for Economic Research. 

Governor Signs Breeders Cup Incentives Into Law

Mar 17, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law.  The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol.  The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event.  Breeders Cup President Craig Fravel says when it was held in California, the event had an $80 million impact on the local economy.  "When you combine this year's event with the thoroughbred sales that will follow immediately, you're gonna have people coming to Lexington, coming to Kentucky for a much longer period of time that has historically b