Vice President of Racing
After serving as Keeneland’s Director of Sales for 19 years, Rogers Beasley was named to a new position, Director of Racing, in 2001.
“I loved the sales,” the New Orleans native said. “I met a lot of wonderful people. But racing was always my first love.”
While he served as Director of Sales, he led several initiatives, including the introduction of preferred sessions to the September Yearling Sale, the creation of a repository to house X-rays and health information, institution of the wind arbitration process, and inauguration of the April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
As Director of Racing, Beasley spearheaded Keeneland’s installation of a Polytrack surface on its 5/8-mile training track in 2004 – the first public racing or training facility in North America to use the surface – and Keeneland’s main track in 2006. He also is credited with helping build Keeneland's stakes program into one of the finest in North America.
Beasley graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington and went to work for Lexington’s Bank of Commerce and then Second National Bank. He later worked for trainer Mike Bell on the racetrack before taking a job in the racing office in 1982 with the late Howard Battle, Keeneland’s longtime racing secretary.
Beasley currently serves on the boards of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, Kentucky Horse Park and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, as well as the American Graded Stakes Committee. In August 2015, he was elected a member of The Jockey Club. He continues to assist the Keeneland Sales Department in maintaining its long-established contacts with buyers around the globe.