The Literary Chronicle of Thoroughbred Racing: Keeneland’s Library Lecture Series

Set in the heart of Lexington, KY, Keeneland Library has long been an epicenter for thoroughbred racing enthusiasts. This year, on August 24, 2023, the esteemed venue at 4201 Versailles Road will host another installment of its revered Library Lecture Series. The summer beckons with tales of horsepower, legends, and untold histories.

Celebrating Newly Published Works

This season, Keeneland Library has curated four public events in its lecture series. These events shine a spotlight on fresh literary pieces about thoroughbred racing. Notably, the authors of these works delved deep into the resources of the Keeneland Library to shape their narratives, ensuring authentic and historically-rich accounts.

Embracing Racing’s Black Pioneers

The first two lectures of the series intertwine with the library's current exhibit: The Heart of the Turf: Racing’s Black Pioneers. This exhibit celebrates the often-unsung heroes of thoroughbred racing – the Black pioneers who left indelible marks on the tracks and in the annals of racing history. Attendees will have the privilege of immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of their contributions and legacies.

Jennifer Kelly’s Quest for the Triple Crown

Highlighting the series is Jennifer Kelly’s riveting presentation on her book, The Foxes of Belair: Gallant Fox, Omaha and the Quest for the Triple Crown. The book promises to whisk its readers on a thrilling journey, tracing the hooves of Gallant Fox and Omaha. Those in attendance can anticipate a detailed exploration of the challenges, elation, and history surrounding the prestigious Triple Crown quest.

For all those enchanted by the allure of thoroughbred racing, its history, and captivating narratives, Keeneland’s Library Lecture Series is a must-attend. It's not just a lecture; it's an experience, a journey through time, filled with tales of triumph, passion, and undying spirit.

*blog cover photo from: Keeneland Library

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