Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., produces a variety of bourbons and has won numerous awards. Buffalo Trace became a Keeneland sponsor in 2003, and in 2004 began sponsoring the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes during the Fall Meet.
Central Bank, Central Kentucky's largest independent bank, has more than 25 branch locations throughout Central Kentucky and Jefferson County. In 2010, Central Bank became the sponsor of the Ashland (G1), the historic race for 3-year-old fillies during the Spring Meet. Central Bank began its partnership with Keeneland in 2005.
Located in Paris, Ky., Claiborne Farm celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010 and received the 2010 Eclipse Award of Merit for outstanding achievement in the Thoroughbred industry. In 2014, Claiborne became the sponsor of the Fall Meet’s Breeders’ Futurity (G1). The race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, and the winner qualifies to the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
Coca-Cola, a globally recognized leader in the beverage industry, became a Keeneland sponsor in 2003. Keeneland proudly serves Coca-Cola products.
Coolmore Stud is based in Ireland and has farms in Australia and Versailles, Ky. The world's largest Thoroughbred breeding operation, Coolmore in 1998 began sponsoring the Lexington Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds during the Spring Meet.
Darley is a global Thoroughbred entity with farms in England, Australia and Lexington. Darley maintains close ties to Central Kentucky via its involvement in numerous community and industry programs, including the Darley Flying Start program developed to encourage careers in the horse racing industry. Darley began sponsoring the Alcibiades, a race for 2-year-old fillies during the Fall Meet, in 2003. The Darley Alcibiades is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, and the winner qualifies to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
Dixiana Farm, founded in 1877, is a premier Thoroughbred operation located in Lexington. Dixiana sponsors the Elkhorn (G2) on closing day of the Spring Meet and the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) during the Fall Meet. The Dixiana Bourbon is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, and the winner qualifies to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).
Grey Goose became a corporate sponsor in the fall of 2007.
JPMorgan Chase is a leading global financial services firm with operations in more than 50 countries. Chase Bank operates 75 branches in Kentucky, and JPMorgan serves clients through offices in Lexington and Louisville. JPMorgan Chase began sponsoring the Jessamine Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old fillies in October 2006. The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, and the winner qualifies to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
Founded in Kentucky in 1854, Hilliard Lyons focuses on the creation, preservation and distribution of its clients’ wealth. The firm advises clients on important planning concerns that include retirement, business succession, trust and estate planning and education funding. In 2011, Hilliard Lyons began sponsoring the Doubledogdare (G3), which is held during the Spring Meet.
Juddmonte Farms, which has farms in England, Ireland and Lexington, became the title sponsor of the Spinster (G1). The Juddmonte Spinster, which is run during the Fall Meet, is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, and the winner qualifies to the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1). Juddmonte Farms is involved in numerous Thoroughbred charities, including Kentucky Equine Management Internship program, which works to encourage college students to explore career opportunities in the industry.
For more than 135 years, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington has been dedicated to the health and well-being of the horse. With more than 50 veterinarians and a well-educated, experienced staff of support personnel who contribute a variety of specialties and interests, Hagyard is at the forefront of equine medicine. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute began sponsoring the Fayette Stakes (G2), which is run during the Fall Meet, in 2013.
Kentucky Eagle Inc. has been serviing Central Kentucky for 64 years. The family-owned business is committed to reinvesting and growing with the times and is a total beverage distributor with more than 400 brands of domestic, craft, and import beers, spirits, wines, ciders, specialty beverages, and a variety of other products. Kentucky Eagle Inc. has been a sponsor with Keeneland since 1998.
The Lexus Store of Lexington is the only Lexus dealer in Central Kentucky. In 2005, Lexus began sponsoring the Raven Run Stakes (G2), a 7-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies that is run during the Fall Meet.
The Maker's Mark distillery, which is nestled in a valley in Loretto, Ky., is a National Historic Landmark. The first case of Maker's Mark ever sold was to Keeneland in the late 1950s. In 1997, the relationship led to Maker's Mark's sponsorship of the spring meet's Grade 1 race now called the Maker's 46 Mile. Maker's Mark and Keeneland annually collaborate on a collector's bottle with proceeds benefiting a local charity. To date, more than $6 million has been donated to local organizations.
Pin Oak Stud has sponsored the Valley View Stakes (G3), a turf race for 3-year-old fillies held during the fall meet, since 2007. In 1952, Josephine Abercrombie and her father established Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky. Through the years, Pin Oak's successful breeding operation has produced more than 70 stakes winners.
Rolex Watch U.S.A. became a sponsor of Keeneland in the fall of 2004. Four unique Keeneland/Rolex lamppost clocks were installed in the first year of partnership and are a Keeneland icon. A bank of Rolex world time-zone clocks is featured in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital of Lexington is a full-service hospital for horses that require specialized medical and surgical care. The hospital is known and respected throughout the world for its innovative and highly skilled treatment. In 2003, Rood & Riddle became the title sponsor of the Dowager Stakes, which is run during the Fall Meet.
Shadwell spans the globe with racing and breeding operations in Australia, Dubai, England, France, Ireland, South America and Lexington. Shadwell partnered with Keeneland in 1999 to sponsor the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile, which is run during the Fall Meet. The race is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, and the winner qualifies to the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1). Shadwell introduced Keeneland fans to a popular European tradition called the "Best Turned Out Award," in which a groom is recognized for his or her hard work prior to each race.
Stoll Keenon Ogden is one of Central Kentucky's oldest and most prestigious law firms, and has been Keeneland's firm of record since its inception more than 75 years ago. This longtime partnership expanded in 2011 to include sponsorship of the Fall Meet's Phoenix Stakes (G3), the oldest stakes race in the U.S. The Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, and the winner qualifies to the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1).
Toyota began sponsoring Keeneland's Kentucky Derby prep race, the Blue Grass Stakes (G1), in 1996. This partnership involves Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky in Georgetown, five local dealerships and Toyota Motor Sales of Cincinnati. Toyota has proven to be an exceptional corporate partner who also makes significant contributions to Central Kentucky and the commonwealth through its involvement in such projects as the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, YMCA and many other civic, health and human services and arts programs.