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Keeneland History

Keeneland Race Course was founded in 1935, sited on 147.5 acres of Keeneland Stud Farm on Versailles Pike west of Lexington, which was owned by Jack Keene. It embarked on a tradition of equestrian distinction with the closure of the Kentucky Association track in 1933. It formally opened its gates in October 1936, supervised by a group of volunteers known as the Keeneland Association, and was to become one of the world's foremost and solitary non-profit tracks.

Due to Keeneland's commitment in preserving its racing traditions and moderately changing its appearance over the last several decades, it was chosen as the primary location for the majority of the racing scenes in the movie Seabiscuit, shot in 2003. Until 1997, it was also the last track in North America to transmit race calls over the public-address system.

From its inauguration, the earnings from races and its auctions have been distributed back into the community, as well as to advance the Thoroughbred industry. In 1940, in order to direct further profits into the community through charitable contributions, the Keeneland Association restructured its corporate configuration, and initiated the implementation of horse sales.

Today, globally, it's the leading Thoroughbred auction house, hosting four horse auctions annually, captivating the attention of buyers internationally, and in the process, priding itself annually, with over half-billion dollars in gross sales. The profits are dispersed by means of increased winnings to horsemen, investment development and liberal donations to charitable, research and educational institutions.

Two of the biggest meets in Keeneland occur annually in the spring and fall. Held on the first Saturday in May, the spring meet is host to a number of preps for the Kentucky Derby - the most distinguished being the Blue Grass Stakes, and numerous Breeders' Cup preps convening at the fall meet.

Keeneland Contact Info

Phone (859) 254-3412

Fax (859) 255-2484

Website www.keeneland.com

Physical Address Keeneland Association, Inc.
4201 Versailles Road

Postal Address Keeneland Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1690
Lexington, Kentucky

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