The Keeneland Files

Behind-the-scenes stories from Keeneland’s spring and fall race meets by staff writers.

April 2014 - Posts

Kentucky Derby Stars Come Out at Keeneland

Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas promised "more stories than Mother Goose," and the four-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner delivered on that promise at the It's my Derby evening Friday, April 18 at Keeneland.... Read More

Ladies of the Turf Reunited at Keeneland

During an April 13 event called "Ladies of the Turf," there was a historic gathering of nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys at Keeneland, including those who were first allowed to ride in 1969 and some of the most accomplished members of their profession. The female jocks signed a commemorative poster created by noted cartoonist Peb which fans could purchase for $10. All proceeds benefited... Read More

All Blue Grass (almost) All the Time

Connections were out full-force today for the post position draw, where owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey entertained the media--or, mostly, Mr. Ramsey entertained the media while Mrs. Ramsey kept him under a good-natured eye.... Read More

Ashland Winners Have Stories to Tell

by Esther Marr The stories behind Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winners Rosalind and Room Service, the first horses in Keeneland history to dead heat in a grade I race, are worthy of sharing as both fillies go forward toward possible starts in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Rosalind, who trainer Ken McPeek said emerged from the race in good shape, is one of just 10 horses owned by Ray Struder's Landaluce... Read More

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