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.

 

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.

LIFE'S WORK: ORAL HISTORY

Gary Lavin

Widely respected equine veterinarian Dr. Gary Lavin shares the tales of his career and the great horses he worked with in this installment of Keeneland's Life's Work oral history project.

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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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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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Gary Lavin

Widely respected equine veterinarian Dr. Gary Lavin shares the tales of his career and the great horses he worked with in this installment of Keeneland's Life's Work oral history project.

March 30, 2020

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Gus Koch

Former manager of the historic Claiborne Farm, Gus Koch recounts his career with countless famed Thoroughbreds and the industry's impact on his family in the February installment of the Life's Work oral history project.

February 3, 2020

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Rick Nichols

Rick Nichols of Shadwell Farm reflects on some of racing's greatest horses and the people responsible for them in the fascinating fourth installment of the Life's Work Oral History project with Chris McGrath of Thoroughbred Daily News.

December 22, 2019

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