LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 21) Keeneland’s 2016 Fall Meet, which runs through Oct. 29, marks the track’s 80th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Barn Notes throughout the Fall Meet will look back at memorable races and highlights from Keeneland’s rich history.
Here are a few noteworthy moments from Oct. 21:
1936: Greentree Stable’s Memory Book wins the Breeders’ Stakes. The $5,000-added race is the richest event of Keeneland’s inaugural season. John Gilbert rides the winner for trainer John M. Gaver. (The race is held only in 1936-1937.)
1960: Keeneland celebrates its 25th anniversary with a silver anniversary dinner and honors its all-time leading owner, trainer and jockey by wins. They are owner Hal Price Headley (104 wins), trainer V.R. Wright (87 wins) and jockey Steve Brooks (204 wins).
1966: Jockey Kenny Knapp wins five races.
1989: Wildenstein Stables’ Steinlen (GB) parlayed his head victory in the Keeneland Breeders’ Cup (G3) (now the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile, won by Miss Temple City on Oct. 7) with a triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to earn champion male turf horse honors for the season. Jose Santos rides Steinlen or trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
2011: Jockey Julien Leparoux wins five races.
2012: Keeneland sets a record attendance for a Sunday during the Fall Meet when 19,134 are at the track for Military Family Day and the Buffalo Trace Franklin County won by Nutmeg Stable’s Madame Giry.