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Statement from Keeneland on the Passing of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

March 24, 2021

The following is a statement from Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin on the death of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum:

“Sheikh Hamdan was a beloved figure around the world, cherished for his grace, humanity, loyalty, knowledge and sportsmanship. While he achieved great success as a Thoroughbred breeder and owner through his global Shadwell Farm operation, he made innumerable contributions to the sport – many of which were behind the scenes. Keeneland is grateful for his strong support of our sales and racing programs, including Shadwell’s involvement in our philanthropic activities. Sheikh Hamdan’s yearling purchases here include such standouts as Group 1 winner Dayjur and Belmont (G1) winner Jazil, and he also participated significantly in our November Breeding Stock Sale. On the race track at Keeneland, Shadwell won nine stakes led by the 2008 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) with Alwajeeha. Because of Shadwell’s encouragement, Keeneland began the Best Turned Out Awards program to recognize hard-working grooms when Shadwell started to sponsor Keeneland’s one-mile turf race during the 1999 Fall Meet. Keeneland is extremely proud of that race, the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), which became our first million-dollar event in 2014, anchors our Fall Stars Weekend and is a key stop on the road to the Breeders’ Cup.”