Keeneland takes pride in its rich history of community and industry activism. Our charitable outreach spans two "communities" -- the Central Kentucky area and the Thoroughbred industry. Through the Keeneland Foundation we have contributed more than $18 million to local charitable and industry service programs since 1936. It is one aspect of our diverse citizenship initiative that provides leadership support in a variety of forms.
Keeneland has been a vital member of the Central Kentucky community since its inception. We take our obligation to help improve the community in which we live and do business very seriously.
- Our employees volunteer their time and talents to a number of area organizations, such as the Central Kentucky Blood Center, Junior Achievement, Urban League, United Way of the Bluegrass, Habitat for Humanity, and Commerce Lexington.
- We provide a blend of financial and in-kind sponsorship for many civic events, among them the Keeneland Art Fair and the Evening at Ashland Jazz Concert.
- We also lend our grounds as a backdrop for dozens of fundraising walks and charitable activities.
- Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association are partners in an emerging markets initiative to build relationships with horsemen abroad and elevate racing worldwide.
- We actively work to attract new owners to the sport via seminars and other educational outreach programs.
- Keeneland is a leader in developing innovations such as Polytrack and Best Pad Safety Solutions that promote safety and advance racing.
- In 2001, we lowered our sale commission to 4.5 percent from five percent as a way to give back to our consignors.
- The Keeneland Library -- one of the world's largest Thoroughbred information repositories -- preserves the history and heritage of racing.
- As founding members of the Equine Drug Research Institute and Racing Medication Testing Consortium we seek to ensure the future integrity of racing.
- Keeneland provides financial and other support to programs like the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund, ReRun, and the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, all of which retrain retired Thoroughbreds for adoption.