Keeneland Association has entered into a multiyear agreement with Sky Sports Racing to give the British sports channel the exclusive rights to broadcast Keeneland racing and sales to its viewership in the UK and Ireland.
“Keeneland is excited to team with Sky Sports Racing, which represents a tremendous opportunity to further enhance our outreach in established racing markets abroad,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Sky Sports Racing is internationally respected for its racing coverage, and our unique partnership offers the ability to deliver high-quality content to subscribers via a range of media platforms.”
Beginning with the Fall Meet, to be held October 4th to 26th, Sky Sports Racing will carry Keeneland’s live race signal across its broadcast and digital platforms in the UK and Ireland. Race-day coverage will be enhanced with exclusive content and expert commentary provided by Keeneland Paddock Hosts Scott Hazelton and Gabby Gaudet.
Additionally, Sky Sports Racing will provide exclusive coverage of Keeneland’s four annual Thoroughbred auctions, among them the prestigious September Yearling and November Breeding Stock Sales, with content highlighted by editorial features, interviews with industry insiders and promotion of the global success of Keeneland sales graduates.
“Keeneland is an industry leader and a benchmark for quality in everything it does,” Sky Sports Racing Director of Domestic and International Media Rights James Singer said. “We are delighted to enter a new partnership that will ensure we bring to racing fans in the UK and Ireland the best possible coverage of Keeneland’s 32 graded stakes races worth nearly $10 million, including ten Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, as well as insights and stories from the most influential sales auctions in the world.”