Life's Work

Life's Work

Since its founding, Keeneland has been dedicated to giving back to the Thoroughbred industry. As part that mission, the Life’s Work project is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of those who have devoted their lives to the Thoroughbred.

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Catherine Parke

Life's Work: Catherine Parke

Catherine Parke never looks at her watch. Her job doesn’t have hours. She doesn’t clock in or clock out. As the owner of Valkyre Stud, she might be up in the

October 22, 2019

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Home, Racing

Life's Work: Danny Ramsey

Danny Ramsey’s day starts at 3:30 in the morning. He wakes up, works out, then reports to the track to gallop horses for trainer Kenny McPeek. It’s a pretty

July 18, 2019

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Oral Histories

The Keeneland Library introduces the Life's Work oral history project, designed to capture treasured stories from the Thoroughbred industry and preserve and promote them for future generations.

When embarking on this unique project, The Keeneland Library collaborated with University of Kentucky Libraries' Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and Thoroughbred Daily News. The initiative features interviews with prominent figures in the industry conducted by respected journalist Chris McGrath.


John Phillips

The grandson of Darby Dan founder John Galbreath, John Phillips sees himself as a steward of the farm, the land, and the legacy of his grandfather. In the second installment of our Life’s Work Oral History project, John sat down with Chris McGrath of the Thoroughbred Daily News to reflect on that storied history.   

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