Oral History

John Williams

Former general manager of historic Spendthrift Farm, John Williams shares tales of his lifelong career in the Thoroughbred industry.

May 28, 2020

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Gary Lavin

Widely respected equine veterinarian Dr. Gary Lavin shares the tales of his career and the great horses he worked with in this installment of Keeneland's Life's Work oral history project.

March 30, 2020

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Gus Koch

Former manager of the historic Claiborne Farm, Gus Koch recounts his career with countless famed Thoroughbreds and the industry's impact on his family in the February installment of the Life's Work oral history project.

February 3, 2020

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Rick Nichols

Rick Nichols of Shadwell Farm reflects on some of racing's greatest horses and the people responsible for them in the fascinating fourth installment of the Life's Work Oral History project with Chris McGrath of Thoroughbred Daily News.

December 22, 2019

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James E. "Ted" Bassett III

From the Marine Corps to Keeneland and beyond – former Keeneland President James E. "Ted" Bassett III recalls the tales of his career in the third installment of the Life's Work Oral History project with Chris McGrath of Thoroughbred Daily News.

November 12, 2019

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John Phillips

The grandson of Darby Dan founder John Galbreath, John Phillips sees himself as a steward of the farm, the land, and the legacy of his grandfather. In the second installment of our Life’s Work Oral History project, John sat down with Chris McGrath of the Thoroughbred Daily News to reflect on that storied history.   

September 25, 2019

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Seth Hancock

Seth Hancock’s grandfather founded Claiborne Farm in 1910. Seth took the reins at the age of just 23, following the sudden death of his father—and helped shape Claiborne through the era of Secretariat and beyond.

September 18, 2019

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Keeneland Library Launches Life’s Work Oral...

Keeneland announced today the Keeneland Library’s creation of the Life’s Work Oral History Project, a new initiative designed to capture treasured stories from the Thoroughbred industry and preserve and promote them for future generations.

August 26, 2019

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