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Keeneland Sales & Racing Update, July 16

July 16, 2020

To our customers:

As we reflect on last week’s incredible racing at Keeneland, we’d like to first start by saying thank you for your tremendous support over the unprecedented Summer Meet. We saw some exceptional racing during those five days, new course and track records, some familiar headliners and some budding stars that have us excited for racing for the remainder of 2020. It was wonderful to host owners, trainers and jockeys, and to see familiar faces – albeit with masks – back on the grounds at Keeneland.

With the Summer Meet in the rearview mirror, we are just eight weeks from the September Yearling Sale to kick off the Fall sales and racing season at Keeneland. Over the next several weeks, please watch for ongoing updates relating to our sales plans and protocols that we will share through this weekly newsletter. I’m sure there are plenty of questions surrounding what will be a unique sales environment. Rest assured Keeneland is working through all scenarios and plans to ensure the safest and most stable marketplace for our customers.

We also want to provide an update on our walking video program for the September Sale. Today, consignors of Book 1 and 2 yearlings will be receiving instructions on how to sign up and confirm participation in this program. We ask all consignors to note whether they choose to utilize Keeneland broadcast services to film each of their Book 1 and 2 yearlings, or wish to use an independent contractor to do so. A reminder that those who use a resource outside of Keeneland to film and edit your Book 1 and 2 yearling walking videos will received a $125 stipend for each horse.

Please see the useful Quick Reference Guide here for additional detail on the program and the various options and timing for each of your yearlings.

As always, our team stands ready to assist should you have any questions over the coming weeks leading into the sales season.

Stay well,

Bob Elliston