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Gatewood Bell

Vice President of Racing 

Gatewood Bell joined Keeneland in February 2021 and serves as Vice President of Racing.

Prominent Central Kentucky horseman and noted bloodstock adviser Gatewood Bell became Keeneland’s Vice President of Racing in February 2021. 

Raised on his family’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Bell received a finance degree with honors from the University of Kentucky in 2004. After graduation, he worked for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin for three seasons in Florida, Kentucky and New York. He also represented jockey Fernando Jara as an agent on the East Coast.

In 2011, Bell founded Cromwell Bloodstock, a full-service bloodstock agency and consulting firm named after a company owned by his grandfather, John A. Bell, and has been its president for the past decade. He is a member of the Breeders’ Cup and The Jockey Club and previously served on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and as the U.S. representative for Goffs Sales of Ireland.

Gatewood and his wife, Lauren, have three children: Eloise, Daisy and Gus.