Keeneland Library Collection


Keeneland Library Collection


Photography of horse sports


Items in this collection were digitized from photographs featured in print collections (primarily book and newspaper) in the general Keeneland Library Collection, as well as print photographs and negatives in the general Keeneland Library Collection and in Keeneland Association holdings.


These digital resources may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Physical rights are retained by the Keeneland Library. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Collection Items

Riva Ridge in the Keeneland Winner's Circle
1972 Blue Grass winner Riva Ridge in the winner’s circle with owner Penny Chenery, trainer Lucien Laurin, and groom Eddie Sweat. A Triple Crown hopeful, Riva Ridge won the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes but could not take the Preakness on a…

Alydar in 1978 Blue Grass Stakes Post Parade
Alydar, Jorge Velasquez up, before his definitive 13-length win over Raymond Earl in the 1978 Blue Grass Stakes. The future top sire in North America boasted a 14-9-1 career record from 26 starts and earnings in excess of $950,000.

Arts and Letters at the finish in 1969 Blue Grass Stakes
Arts and Letters, Bill Shoemaker up, in a commanding 15-length Blue Grass victory. Campaigned by Rokeby Stables, Arts and Letters gave Shoemaker his fifth Blue Grass win. The Racing Hall of Fame jockey would claim a sixth victory in 1982 aboard…

Arts and Letters with groom and trainer
1969 Blue Grass Stakes winner Arts and Letters with trainer Elliot Burch and groom Sylvester Cook.

Art Collector with Brian Hernandez Jr. up
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. celebrating his first Toyota Blue Grass Stakes win on Art Collector in 2020. Campaigned by Bruce Lunsford, Art Collector won multiple graded stakes before claiming the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes in 2023. He was…

Good Magic (green cap) in 2018 Blue Grass
Trained by Chad Brown, favored Good Magic came out strong to notch his 2018 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes victory on a cold April morning at Keeneland. The win was the colt’s first after an impressive run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile that earned him…

Irap (inside) wins 2017 Blue Grass Stakes over Practical Joke
Irap, Julien Leparoux up, in the final stretch of the 2017 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes with Practical Joke trailing in second.

Trained by Doug O’Neill and owned by Reddam Racing, the Tiznow colt out of the Storm Cat mare Silken Cat was tested by…

Jack Westrope aboard Fencing
Trained by Earl Sande (far left) and piloted by Jack Westrope, Fencing beat the odds to win the first Blue Grass Stakes run at Keeneland. The race, inaugurated in 1911 at the Kentucky Association racetrack near downtown Lexington, was revived at…

Northern Dancer with trainer Horatio Luro
Northern Dancer, with Racing Hall of Fame trainer Horatio Luro, at Keeneland in April 1964.

Northern Dancer swept the 1964 Flamingo Stakes, Florida Derby, and Blue Grass Stakes en route to the Kentucky Derby. He won the 1964 Derby by a neck under…

Horses break from the gate in 1976 Blue Grass
This photograph captures the start of the 1976 Blue Grass Stakes. Honest Pleasure, driven by Braulio Baeza, would capture the victory and go on to a second place showing in the Kentucky Derby.
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