"Uniform testing and enforcement throughout all racing jurisdictions in this country provide the industry the opportunity to improve the perception of horse racing and its integrity," Robertson said.
Keen Ice rolls past American Pharoah in the Travers and more in the September 5, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Keeneland announced June 1 that Walt Robertson, vice president of sales, will retire from day-to-day duties June 30. Robertson will continue at the lead on the Sporting Art Auction.
C.R. "Chip" McGaughey has been hired as a sales associate at Keeneland and will begin his new duties Feb. 1, Keeneland officials announced Jan. 9.
Citing a lack of a critical mass of horses, Keeneland officials announced Jan. 6 that the April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be put on hiatus for 2015.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,610 horses for its 57th January Horses of All Ages sale Jan. 12-15, 2015. The January Sale is noted for its robust trade in high-quality racing and broodmare prospects and short yearlings.
Buyers and sellers were pleased with the results of the first four days of the Keeneland September yearling sale, but some said the format could still use some tweaking.
Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington will collaborate to host the second Sporting Art Auction scheduled Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. ET in the Keeneland sales pavilion.
Keeneland officials announced July 31 that 4,181 yearlings have been cataloged for the 70th annual Keeneland September yearling sale to be held Sept. 8-21.
Keeneland has cataloged 125 juveniles for its April 2-year-olds in training sale beginning at 4 p.m. EST April 7. A preview show is scheduled for April 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
LeRoy Neiman's Flat Racing, a one-of-a-kind glazed ceramic tile mural, sold for $291,000, including buyer premium, to top the inaugural Sporting Art Auction held Nov. 20 at Keeneland.
Esther Marr recaps Day 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, including comments from Walt Robertson, Keeneland Vice President of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales. Watch Video
Champion Groupie Doll, some recent grade I-winning fillies, and Eblouissante, half sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta, are among the 3,602 horses Keeneland has cataloged for its 2013 November breeding stock sale Nov. 5-14.
Optimism is high heading into the 12-day Keeneland September yearling sale. A new four-day format for Book One greets buyers and sellers beginning Sept. 9.
E. Paul Robsham Stables, which bred and raced grade I stakes winners such as Awesome Maria and R Heat Lightning, will completely disperse its breeding stock at Keeneland's 2013 November sale.
Grade I winner Daisy Devine will be offered at this year's Keeneland November sale, it was announced Aug. 21. The millionaire will be consigned by Eaton Sales as agent for owner James M. Miller.
Keeneland officials announced July 31 that 3,908 yearlings have been cataloged for its 2013 September yearling sale. The sale which will run under a new format, will be held Sept. 9-21.
Hopewell Farm's 584 acres at the corner of Pisgah and Old Frankfort Pikes near Midway, Ky., were sold at auction July 15, with PNC Bank buying the two largest tracts and a local doctor purchasing 42.27 acres.
Three tracts of Hopewell Farm sold at auction on July 16, 2013 near Midway, KY. This video reveals the final bid for tract 3 by auctioneer Walt Robertson.
A strong middle market helped pace the 2013 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale to solid gains in both average and median April 8 in Lexington.
Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington have formed a new company that will hold its first sporting art auction in November of this year.
Keeneland has named Julie Cauthen as director of owner and client development. Cauthen will be tasked with expanding Keeneland's efforts domestically to draw new owners to the Thoroughbred industry.
Keeneland sales officials March 13 announced a redesign of the format for the 2013 September yearling sale, to be held Sept. 9-20.
After taking just three days to surpass total sales recorded last year, the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale registered strong gross, average, and median when this year's auction wrapped up Jan. 11 in Lexington.
The second-highest-priced yearling to ever sell at Keeneland January and the beginning of a dispersal of an apparently deep group of horses from Fares Farm helped the Lexington sale to a strong start.
The first session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale registered improved gross and average compared with the first session last year as 201 horses sold for $15,331,400, up 10.04%. Average price improved 14.42%.
The demand for quality bloodstock was in full force at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, but the middle and lower markets were soft.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the day's top sellers, and comments from Walt Robertson, Keeneland Vice President of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
While the young and beautiful have generated most of the financial fireworks at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale so far, the third session turned out to be the time for an older horse to sparkle.
Demand was strong for quality young mares and broodmare prospects as the Keeneland November breeding stock sale opened its 11-day run in Lexington.
Keeneland has cataloged 3,958 lots (3,957 horses and one stallion share) for its November breeding stock sale. The number is up 1% from last year's total of 3,919.
The strong pace continued Sept. 15 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, with double-digit gains in gross, average, and median.
Market is stable during books one and two of the auction's catalog even without great support from John Ferguson and the absence Besilu Stables.
The Keeneland September auction completed its first four days - books one and two of the sale's catalog - with more seven-figure horses than in 2011's entire auction.
Boosted by a $1.55 million son of Bernardini, the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington enjoyed an upbeat third session. The gross, average price, and median price all rose.
A $700,000 Tapit colt topped the session, which marked the beginning of book two of the Keeneland auction's catalog following an opening select session.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr asks Walt Robertson, Vice President of Sales for Keeneland, on how the select session went at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. watch video
The select portion of Keeneland's September yearling sale had fewer horses and was shorter this year, but it generated some impressive financial fireworks. Five horses commanded seven-figure prices.
The Keeneland September yearling sale will test the strength of the Thoroughbred marketplace's recovery with both quantity and quality during its 10-session run that begins Sept. 10 in Lexington.
The Keeneland September yearling sale is smaller and shorter this year, but it's still the largest auction of its kind in the world. There are 3,604 horses in the catalog.
Keeneland has cataloged 161 horses for its 20th April sale of 2-year-olds in training. The number is down 4.7% from last year's total of 169.
The equine marketplace took another step on the road to recovery as the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale posted huge gains in Lexington.
Gross, average, and median during first session of January sale increase 30.4%, 16.6%, and 60%, respectively.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,594 horses for its four-day 2012 January horses of all ages sale, which is down 12.75% from the total 1,827 cataloged for the 2011 sale held over five days in Lexington.
Chauncey Morris, a sales marketing associate at Keeneland, has been named chief executive officer of Thoroughbred Breeders of Australia.
Racing legend has invested in the future, buying a Bernstein colt at Keeneland
Keeneland has cataloged 3,919 lots for its November breeding stock sale. The number is down 16.5% from last year's total of 4,695.
Gross sales ended up 12.7% higher than a year ago, the average rose 18% to $76,511, and the median was up 20% to $30,000.
The Keeneland September sale experienced what pinhooker Hoby Kight described as a "feeding frenzy" during its fifth session Sept. 15 in Lexington.
Esther Marr provides the numbers from day 2 of the Keeneland September Sale and includes totals from the full 2 day select sale session. Esther also interviews Walt Robertson about the select sale. watch video
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