Keeneland Kicks Off November Sale

Nov 2, 2015

Keeneland racecourse in Lexington took center stage over the weekend for the 32nd Breeders Cup Championships.  Now the historic track remains in the limelight with the launch of the November Breeding Stock Sale.  Keeneland Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the event is likely to keep some Breeders Cup attendees in town for a little longer.  “We sell broodmares, weanlings, stallion prospects, horses of racing age," she said. "It’s the premiere sale of its kind in the world and a lot of the owners and trainers that are here for Breeders Cup will also attend this sale.”


Reporters and photographers from around the world came to Keeneland last week.  Among them was Ron Flatter. Flatter is a freelance radio reporter from California, who currently lives in New York, and works for Australia’s Racing and Sport Network. 

Breeders Cup at Keeneland Doesn’t Disappoint

Nov 1, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


For horse racing fans in Kentucky and elsewhere, this year’s Breeders Cup Championships came off just as advertised.  American Pharoah made one more historic run.

The traditional bugle call only further hyped up a huge Keeneland crowd.  Moments later, spectators saw the Triple Crown winner set a track record, pull away down the stretch and take the Breeders Cup Classic in record time.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — American Pharoah is going out on top.


The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years gave a commanding performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic, pulling away down the stretch to win the final race of his career.

Jockey Victor Espinoza sent American Pharoah to the lead coming out of the gate and guided him to the wire-to-wire win over the mile and a quarter at Keeneland. His time of 2:00.07 set a track record.

Effinex finished second by 6 1/2 lengths and Honor Code was third.


Saturday afternoon in Lexington, a thoroughbred champion will run in his final race.

For many people, American Pharoah has already accomplished a feat previously unseen in their lifetime: The thoroughbred is the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. On Saturday, he could take an unprecedented leap into the history books by winning the Breeders Cup Classic.

Fans Come From All Over for Keeneland Breeders Cup

Oct 30, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Racing fans came out in large numbers Friday for the first four races in 2015’s end-of-year championships.  Among them was Bud Ferguson from Lombard Illinois, just outside Chicago.  He won in an earlier race and told WEKU’S Stu Johnson he expects an upset in Saturday’s final race, the Breeder’s Cup Classic.

“Do you think American Pharoah’s gonna do it?,” asked Johnson.

“No, I think this Irish colt, Glenn Eagles, trained by Aidan O’Brian and ridden by Ryan Moore.  He’s number one in Europe. I think he’s gonna take it,” said Ferguson.

All Systems are Go for First Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 29, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Lexington’s Keeneland Racecourse was chosen almost a year ago to host this year’s Breeders Cup World Championships. Since then, the track and the city have worked to prepare for what’s expected to be a record setting crowd in the bluegrass for thoroughbred   racing’s end of season highlight event.   

The Breeders’ Cup Championships take place at Keeneland October 30 and 31. However, the horse races are just part of the festivities in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, the Breeders’ Cup Festival and how Lexington will highlight local culture through local food, music, and celebration of the Commonwealth’s history of horse racing and breeding.

This week's guests: Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited;

Kip Cornett, Chairman of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee;

200 Horses Pre-Entered for Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 21, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    A Triple Crown winner and a two-time Breeders Cup champion mare are among the 200 horses pre-entered for next weekend’s event at Keeneland.  Details for horses, riders, trainers, and fans are being finalized this week.

Keeneland is Home Base for Auburn Football Fans

Oct 15, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

October in central Kentucky is a time for falling leaves and festivals.  It’s also a season for college football and horse racing.  A group of Auburn football fans are getting a dose of both this week.  Keeneland is offering RV parking for out of town Tiger supporters.  Charles McIntyre made the trip to Lexington from Titis Alabama.  “We have been to the races.  Our first horse race ever.  This is the most amazing place we’ve ever been to,”  said McIntyre.

Record Ticket Sales for Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 9, 2015

The upcoming Breeders Cup Championships in Lexington is bringing in record ticket sales.  President Craig Fravel says sales have reached $19 million, surpassing the previous high of $10 million.  Fravel says that doesn't necessarily mean attendance will be a record breaker.   “You know we spent an awful lot of time and money creating a brand new campus over at Keeneland," he said.  It’s got a lot of trackside dining facilities, so it’s really more a function of high quality, high end seating arrangements."

Prep for Breeders’ Cup in Final Furlong at Keeneland

Aug 31, 2015

In less than two months, all eyes of the horse racing world will be on Lexington.  Preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Championships is entering the stretch drive at Keeneland race track.  Keeneland Vice President Vince Gabbert says auxiliary seating is being positioned around the historic facility.  “They’re upscale premium seating that we’ve got, that we brought in.  Much more like a golf course type setting with the tents and the Chalets that we’re using.  But, those are already being done and will be finalized in the next three weeks actually,” said Gabbert.

More Than 4100 Yearlings Up for Auction at Keeneland

Aug 1, 2015

In mid-September, more than 4100 yearlings will be up for auction at Keeneland's fall sale.  September sale catalogs will be available a week from Tuesday.  Four thousand 164 yearlings are cataloged for the 72ndKeeneland September yearling sale.  The sale is globally regarded as the premiere Thoroughbred yearling auction.  The list includes five horses from the first crop of undefeated European champion 'Frankel.'  Yearlings sired by 249 stallions are cataloged for the sale which begins September 14th.  Of the more than four thousand listed to enter the ring, two thousand 168 are colts, on

  As this year's Keeneland Concours d'Elegance revs up, we'll talk cars on this week's show.  Let's talk about your favorite car, maybe your first or the one that got away and that you wished you had never gotten rid of.

Guests: Kenneth Hold, founding member of the Keeneland Concours & George Schweikle, Director of Filed Operations for the Keeneland Concours.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Officials at Lexington's historic Keeneland Racecourse are eager for the start of the spring meet, while also keeping an eye toward the fall.  Post time for the first race of the three week event comes just after 1 pm Friday.  Keeneland will also host the Breeders Cup Championships this October.  Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says a new chalet will be in operation for the spring meet.  "It's really a way that we can test run the facility,” said Gregory.  “Give it a test, a trial run during the spring.  Look at food operations, parking, layout inside the chalet."

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sales Underway

Sep 8, 2014

While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks.  The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.

Keeneland's New Dirt Track Not Like Old One

Aug 28, 2014

Early Thursday morning, six to eight horses worked over the new dirt surface.  Conversion of the main track from a synthetic polytrack surface to dirt began May 19th. At first glance, Keeneland's new track looks very much like the old one. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the new track features a unique draining system.  "We feel that, when there's rain water, it will flow very quickly off the track toward the inside and outside rails and that will carry it away from the track and eliminate a lot of ponding," said Gregory.

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that University of Kentucky theatre is presenting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Lexington Opera House through Sunday.

WEKU is once again a proud media sponsor of the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance.  This year's four-day event will again be held at the beautiful Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, showcasing over 130 of the finest collector vehicles in the country---from antiques to future classics.

The WEKU stations are once again proud media sponsors of the annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance.  This year's Concours will take place Saturday July 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 3:00 p.m. 

Tune to 88.9 WEKU and our network of stations for our special Car Talk Marathon, including "live" updates from Keeneland from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


Apr 4, 2011

April means horse racing at Lexington’s Keeneland race track.  The historic track is celebrating 75 years of racing this year.  In recognition of the milestone, Keeneland spokeswoman, Julie Balog wants patrons to get involved.