Located in the heart of Central Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region, Keeneland plays an important role in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding.
From Keeneland’s inception in 1936, its founders, led by respected horsemen Hal Price Headley and Major Louis Beard, intended Keeneland to be a special place – one that symbolizes the best in Thoroughbred racing.
As the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland has sold more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company, including 83 Breeders’ Cup World Championship winners; 19 Kentucky Derby winners; 21 Preakness winners; 18 Belmont winners; 11 recipients of the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year; and five Epsom Derby winners. Keeneland’s global brand attracts a diverse international clientele, with buyers representing nearly every U.S. state and 50 countries attending its four annual sales.
Keeneland is a National Historic Landmark, and its beautiful, park-like grounds are open to the public every day. Fans also are welcome to visit the Keeneland Library, one of the world’s largest informational and pictorial repositories related to Thoroughbred racing.
For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at Keeneland on October 30-31, 2015.