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20 winter 2014 K Keeneland donation transforms UK space In 1947 the Keeneland Foundation dedicated and permanently loaned an electron microscope to the University of Kentucky to launch a long partnership between the two institutions. The latest example of their collaboration is the new state-of-the-art meeting space in the William T. Young Library on UK's campus. "The Keeneland Association Room at Young Library is a space for students and faculty to meet, converse, share, and collaborate," said Stacey Greenwell, associ - ate dean for academic affairs and research at UK libraries. The Keeneland Association donated $50,000 to transform the Keeneland As - sociation Room. Along with freshened paint and carpet, the new design incor - porates modular furniture and a large fat-screen wall-mounted monitor with HDMI hookup for laptops on which users can project images. Archival photos of Keeneland printed on metal plates are mounted around the room. WInTeR 2014 keeneland news LAP OF LUXURY The racing fans who attended the fall race meet at Keeneland saw one sign of the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships: a two-story luxury chalet on the parking lot at the south lawn between the clubhouse and fnal turn. The facility, which underwent a test run through the second weekend of the meet, offered a private buffet, mutuel windows, and a superb view of the track. KeeneLAnd LiBRARY HOsTs FiRsT sCHOLAR- in-ResidenCe Chris McGrath, a racing journalist from England, spent 10 days at the Keeneland Library in September as Keeneland's frst scholar-in-residence. The opportunity allowed him to explore rare collections in the library for a book he is writing about descendants of the Darley Arabian — one of three foundation sires of the breed — from the 1700s to recent European superstar Frankel. "What you get is a snapshot of the world at the time," he said. "You get a sense of how the world is changing through the prism of the racehorse." McGrath had done extensive research at the world-famous Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, but that resource proved limiting. Just 4,000 miles away, the Keeneland Library houses material related to the history of the Thoroughbred that even the 400-year-old Bodleian does not have. "I was aware of the existence of this place," McGrath said, "and I thought wouldn't it be marvelous to spend some time there, but I thought it was complete - ly impractical." Keeneland's European representative, Ed Prosser, helped McGrath connect with the Keeneland Library and arrange his visit to Lexington. Keeneland Association earned its seventh International Simulcast Award on Sept. 30 during the 22nd International Simulcast Conference in Delray Beach, Fla. Keeneland is the only sev - en-time winner of the Simulcast Award, which honors excel - lence in the presentation of a racetrack's live race product to its simulcast outlets. Keeneland also won the award in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The judges cited Keene - land's beautiful graphics, great camera work, and easy-to-read display of odds, will-pays, and payouts along with multiple paddock cameras encompass - ing both the action of the track during the paddock walk and warm-ups. "The Keeneland team is ex - tremely proud to be recognized once again by the TRA and their panel of judges," Keeneland Director of Broadcast Services G.D. Hieronymus said. "We would like to thank our ven - dors and on-air team who also play an important part of our production: Trakus, Pegasus Communications, American Teletimer, track announcer Kurt Becker, and analysts Katie Gensler and Mike Battaglia." keeneland/photos by z Racing Electronics Pioneer Gaston Galjour Dies Gaston Galjour, who oversaw Keeneland's innovative electronics services for many years, died Sept. 25 in Metairie, La. He was 84. In 1948, when Galjour began maintaining the sound system at Fair Grounds in new Orleans, he saw the need for enhanced video equipment for track offcials and racing fans and set out to make improvements that led to the sophisticated systems now common. In the late 1960s, Galjour developed a video patrol system at Fair Grounds, the frst to be used in the U.S. In 1969, he founded Galjour electronics, which specialized in providing video services for Thoroughbred racetracks. He added Keeneland to his list of tracks in 1971. Galjour electronics was at Keeneland until 2008. keeneland/photos by z Keeneland Receives seventh international simulcast Award

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