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NO4 2013

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WINTER 2013 KEENELAND NEWS K COMPILED BY AMY GREGORY Fall Meet Closes With Record Attendance KEENELAND / COADY PHOTOGRAPHY Keeneland concluded its 2013 fall race meeting with record fall attendance and all-sources wagering for the 17-day season, held Oct. 4-26, indicators of the track's widespread popularity. The fall meet featured two other historic events: Jockey Rosie Napravnik won 17 races to become the frst female to capture the leading rider title at Keeneland, and Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned their 13th leading owner title after winning 17 races, a fall meet record. Despite less than ideal weather at times, Keeneland set attendance records for the fourth consecutive race meet. Total on-track attendance was a fall record of 266,466, up 2.60 percent over 2012's fall meet record of 259,710. Average daily attendance of Keeneland's fall meet set a fourth 15,674 rose 2.60 percent over 15,277 last year. consecutive attendance record. Back-to-back single-day attendance records resulted in a record fall weekend crowd. On See Blue Day, Friday, Oct. 11, attendance of 22,807 was the highest ever recorded for a Friday during the fall meet. Attendance of 32,717 on Saturday, Oct. 12, set a single-day fall meet record, eclipsing the previous record of 28,880 set on Oct. 7, 2006. Those two days, combined with a Sunday turnout of 16,927, resulted in a record fall weekend attendance of 72,451. September Sale Shows Signs of Industry Growth 20 KEENELAND WINTER 2013 single select session as in 2012. The new format gathered a broad cross section of yearlings at all levels of the market; allowed buy- KEENELAND/PHOTOS BY Z Keeneland's September yearling sale, the world's largest and most important auction of its kind, concluded with strong indicators of a resurgence in the Thoroughbred market: gross sales of $280,491,300, the highest since 2008; the sale of 18 yearlings for $1 million or more, the most since 2008; and enthusiastic participation from a globally deep buying bench. Keeneland reformatted the September sale to ref ect three distinct market segments: week 1, the weekend, and week 2. This year, the select Book 1 spanned the entire opening week, Monday through Thursday, rather than a The new sale format suited buyers and sellers. ers more time to inspect a variety of horses; and aided consignors in marketing horses to their fullest potential. Buyers representing the U.S. and Europe, as well as Russia, Qatar, Japan, Korea, and Central and South America, were active well into the fnal days of the sale, an illustration of the deep diversity of the buying contingent. M.V. Magnier of Irish-based Coolmore Stud purchased the sale-topper, paying $2.5 million for a colt by War Front during the sale's fourth session. Woods Edge Farm consigned the colt, who is out of the stakes-placed During mare Blading Gold Ring. Keeneland Wins 6th International Simulcast Award Keeneland Association earned its sixth International Simulcast Award at the 21st annual International Simulcast Conference, held Oct. 7-9 in Lexington. It is the ffth time in the past six years Keeneland has taken the top honor. The Simulcast Award honors excellence in the presentation of a racetrack's live race product to its simulcast outlets. A panel of f ve judges selected the winners as best among 12 North American racetracks entered for consideration. The judges cited Keeneland's superb, Keeneland's sharp HD International video and Simulcast multiple padAward dock cameras encompassing both the action on the track during the paddock walk and warm-ups, as well as the streamlined Trakus presentation which provides an enhanced viewing experience. Keeneland also won the award in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. The conference is hosted by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America, in association with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association.

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