Quotes Regarding Keeneland’s Conversion of Main Race Track

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 “As a traditionalist, finding the best and safest natural dirt surface has appeal to our racing program. And as a realist, I applaud Keeneland’s understanding of why this needed to be done to support the long-term integrity of the racing product.” 

Seth Hancock, President, Claiborne Farm 


“I look forward to having a greater presence at Keeneland with its return to a dirt surface. It’s a better fit for our horses and the goals of our racing stable.” 

Todd Pletcher, Eclipse Award-winning trainer 


“Owners and trainers who compete at the highest level prefer a dirt track. For us, being based in New York, it’s what our horses are used to running on. Keeneland’s return to dirt will provide greater consistency for horses shipping in from New York, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and other tracks around the U.S.” 

Kiaran McLaughlin, leading trainer 


“Keeneland’s return to a more traditional dirt surface will help attract a greater number of top stakes horses, and those horses contending for the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships” 

Will Farish, owner, Lane’s End Farm 


“We have been pleased with the performance of the fillies that have come out of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes over the last several years, but a return to dirt for Keeneland will only enhance the potential for these horses as they compete for the Kentucky Oaks and beyond in their 3-year-old racing season, cementing the Central Bank Ashland as the premier Kentucky Oaks prep race.” 

Luther Deaton, President, Central Bank 



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