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Jimmy Bell Elected to Keeneland's Board of Directors

James G. "Jimmy" Bell was elected to Keeneland's Board of Directors at the corporation's semi-annual meeting April 18. He is the president of Darley USA and the son of John A. Bell III, a longtime Keeneland board member who died in February.

Keeneland Reports Record Attendance, Wagering

Keeneland reported record attendance and a 12.3% increase in total wagering at the 17-day fall race meeting that ended Oct. 28, its first with a new Polytrack surface.

Polytrack Projects Continue at Turfway, Keeneland

Polytrack Projects Continue at Turfway, Keeneland

Racing surface projects continued Aug. 24 at two Kentucky tracks, with a new mix of materials being placed on top of the Polytrack at Turfway Park, and construction crews laying the asphalt layer for the new Polytrack that will debut at Keeneland in October.

Keeneland Wagering Record Set

Wagering on Saturday's 10-race Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) program totaled an all-time Keeneland record $18,306,844. It topped by almost $1 million the previous record of $17,347,623 set during last year's Blue Grass program.

Nicholson Takes Over as Horse Council Chairman

Keeneland president Nick Nicholson and Russell Williams, vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, are the new chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the American Horse Council. The AHC board of trustees met April 3 as part of the organization's issues forum in Washington, D.C.

Keeneland Fall Meet Numbers Stable

Keeneland reported Tuesday that attendance was up and on-track and all-source wagering fell slightly during the 17-day fall meet that ended Saturday at the Lexington, Ky. track.

Keeneland to Restrict Simulcast Signal

Several wagering outlets, the majority of them outside of the United States, will not be offered the simulcast signal for Keeneland's fall meeting Oct. 7-29, officials announced Thursday.

McCarron Spearheads Kentucky Jockey School

With 7,141 wins, and more than $264 million in purses, retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron knows something about the craft of riding horses. Speaking as a guest of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager's Club Tuesday, McCarron said it was time to pass this knowledge on.

Nicholson Addresses Expanded Gaming in Kentucky

Nicholson Addresses Expanded Gaming in Kentucky

Proponents of expanded gaming in Kentucky should focus more on how it would generate revenue for the good of the Commonwealth, rather than how it would impact horse racing, Keeneland president Nick Nicholson said Tuesday at a public policy forum in Versailles, Ky.

Equine Drug Testing in Line for Major Upgrade

Equine Drug Testing in Line for Major Upgrade

The horse racing industry is in the midst of creating a major research and development laboratory that will be responsible for improving testing capabilities and developing tests for designer and other hard-to-detect drugs used in racehorses, officials announced during The Jockey Club Round Table Conference Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Racing Industry Reacts to Day's Retirement

The decision by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day to retire at age 51 elicited a variety of reactions from those with whom he has worked during his illustrious career.

Plan for Security Office Stirs 'Alphabet Soup'

Plan for Security Office Stirs 'Alphabet Soup'

Just days after the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said it would make the creation of an Office of Wagering Security a priority, officials indicated there could be conflict over who would run the office, as well as questions about its autonomy.

Keeneland Shuts Out Five Wagering Outlets

Keeneland will not make its live racing available for simulcasting to five outlets located both inside and outside of the United States. The official announcement was made Friday, the opening day of the 16-day meeting in Lexington.

Keeneland to Offer Ten-Cent Superfecta Wager

Bettors will be able to wager as little as 10 cents on superfectas during the upcoming Keeneland spring race meeting that opens April 8. The dime option will be available on all races in which a superfecta wager is offered. Previously, Keeneland's superfecta minimum was $1.

The Jockey Club Elects Seven New Members

The Jockey Club today announced the election of seven new members: William Backer, Robert McNair, Nick Nicholson, Mace Siegel, Stella Thayer, Frank "Scoop" Vessels III, and William T. Young, Jr.

Keeneland Installs Polytrack Training Surface

Keeneland has completed the installation of a Polytrack surface on its five-eighths of a mile training track located adjacent to its main track. It is the first of its type at a public racing or training facility in North America.

Lewises Offer Share of 2-Year-Olds to New Owners

Lewises Offer Share of 2-Year-Olds to New Owners

Fifteen first-time Thoroughbred owners will be offered the opportunity to invest in some of the 2-year-olds in the stable of Bob and Beverly Lewis under a new owner-recruitment initiative called Premier Thoroughbred Ventures.

Racing Figures Remember Shoemaker

Racing Figures Remember Shoemaker

Racing mourned the passing of legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker, who died in his sleep Sunday morning at his home in San Marino, Calif., at the age of 72.

'Seabiscuit' Premieres July 19 in Lexington, Louisville

 'Seabiscuit' Premieres July 19 in Lexington, Louisville

Seabiscuit a feature film from Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment, will be premiered in Lexington and Louisville July 19. The two Kentucky cities are among only a select few across the United States that will host official premieres in advance of the nationwide release of the film on July 25.

Keeneland Axes 2003 July Yearling Sale

Keeneland Axes 2003 July Yearling Sale

Citing the devastating effects of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) on Kentucky's 2002 foal crop, Keeneland's July Selected Yearling Sale will take a one-year hiatus, Keeneland officials announced today.

Keeneland Generous with Charities

Several local charities will be using Keeneland's race meet as a springboard for their fundraising efforts this fall.

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