Keeneland's Bugler Called Into Retirement

Sep 24, 2013

Keeneland bugler Bucky Sallee.
Credit Keeneland

A new bugler will now call the horses to post at Keeneland.  Horse racing icon Bucky Sallee is going into semi-retirement.  Sallee has sounded the call to post at Keeneland for over 50 years.    Beginning in the 1950s, Hee performed with local jazz groups in the Lexington area….and performed with artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Daniels and Fats Domino.  

The bugler has sounded “Boots and Saddles” and “Assembly” at Keeneland since the early 1960’s.  He missed just one day of work…when his wife died in the early 1970s.  Sallee then returned to Keeneland on the day after her funeral. 

He will now be the landmark’s bugler emeritus, with day-to-day bugler duties performed this fall by Steve Buttleman of Louisville Kentucky.    Over the last 20 years, Buttleman has sounded his bugle at prominent racetracks like Churchill Downs, Belmont Park and Oaklawn Park.