Keyword: Bill Thomason

  • 2017 Keeneland January Sale

    Optimism in the (Cold) Air at Keeneland

    After braving a weekend in which temperatures barely made it into the teens, consignors and buyers can expect milder weather when the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale begins.

  • Grayson, Partners Kick Off Kentucky Initiative

    The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has announced the launch of the Kentucky Initiative. Hallway Feeds, Hinkle Farms, the Keeneland Association, and Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services have joined as founding partners

  • Historical racing machines began operating last September at Red Mile.

    KY Historical Racing Benefits Continue Growth

    Keeneland will begin its spring meet with a bump in overnight purses, but track officials hope it's the start of steady growth made possible by revenue from Lexington's historical race wagering facility.

  • Rogers Beasley

    Beasley to Retire From Keeneland

    Vice president of racing W.B. Rogers Beasley is retiring from Keeneland June 30, it was announced Feb. 2, after 34 years of leadership involving the Lexington oval's sales and racing operations.

  • Handle Even, But Keeneland BC Gets High Marks

    Wagering on this year's Breeders' Cup was about even with last year, and officials said Keeneland measured up well as a first-time host site given its investment in the infrastructure needed to accommodate the event.

  • Tapit filly brought North American record price for a weanling at last year's November sale

    Keeneland Catalogs 4,476 for November Sale

    Keeneland has cataloged 4,476 horses for its 2015 November breeding stock sale, which will be held Nov. 2-13 and begin two days after the track hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships for the first time.

  • Keeneland Ready for Historic Fall Meet

    Before it hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships for the first time Oct. 30-31, Keeneland will offer up its fall meet, which is always one of the country's important meets.

  • Keeneland September Yearling Sale Recap

    Ian Tapp recaps the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including a review of the numbers and comments from Bill Thomason, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keeneland.

  • Breeders' Cup officially announced June 24 that Keeneland will host the event in 2015.

    Keeneland to Offer Breeders' Cup Tours

    Keeneland will celebrate hosting the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships by offering hour-long, guided tours that will give fans an insider's look at the rich connection between Keeneland and the Breeders' Cup.

  • Red Mile president Joe Costa (left) and Keeneland president Bill Thomason in new simulcast facility.

    'Evolution of Racing' Approaches in Lexington

    When Keeneland shifts its simulcast operation to The Red Mile harness track July 15, it will mark a major change for Lexington. And a few months later more than 900 historical racing machines are expected to be operational.

  • Topics Set for Welfare and Safety Summit

    Presentations on racetrack surfaces, jockey safety, horsemanship courses, and the Equine Injury Database will be spotlighted at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit July 8 at Keeneland in Lexington.

  • American Pharoah will try to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner with a victory in the Belmont Stakes.

    Racing Leaders: Triple Crown Would Lift Sport

    With American Pharoah attempting to complete a Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, industry leaders talk about what the first Triple Crown sweep since 1978 would mean for the sport.

  • Lenny's Place: 02/03/2015 - Episode 7

    Lenny Shulman discusses the Horse of the Year Award, winter racing at Aqueduct, and talks with Keeneland president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason about the Blue Grass Stakes and the Breeders' Cup.

  • Lenny's Place: 02/03/2015 - Episode 8

    Lenny Shulman discusses the Horse of the Year award, winter racing at Aqueduct, and talks with Keeneland president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason about the Blue Grass Stakes and the Breeders' Cup.

  • A dozen people who stood out this year for leaving their mark on the industry.

    2014 Newsmakers

    Achievement and retirement. Shame and success. Low points and comebacks. 2014 offered a taste of just about everything. Here are a dozen people who stood out this year for leaving their mark on the industry.

  • Keeneland Officials Get Early Start on 2015

    Keeneland sent representatives to Santa Anita to get a feel for the procedures leading up to the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup. Keeneland officials regularly attend the World Championships, but this year is different.

  • Keeneland Dirt Racing Surface Reveal

    Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason and Dr. Mick Peterson, Executive Director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, explain the significance and innovation involved in the new dirt racing surface at Keeneland.

  • Keeneland Dirt Racing Surface Reveal

    Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason and Dr. Mick Peterson, Executive Director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, explain the significance and innovation involved in the new dirt racing surface installed at Keeneland during a August 28, 2014 reveal.

  • Breeders' Cup officially announced June 24 that Keeneland will host the event in 2015.

    Breeders' Cup: Churchill, NYRA Still Options

    A three-year plan of upcoming Breeders' Cup sites does not include eight-time host Churchill Downs or the New York Racing Association, a five-time host; but Cup officials said the schedule should not be seen as a snub.