Keeneland Library to Offer Racing Books and Memorabilia in Duplicate Book Sale

The Keeneland Library will hold a Duplicate Book Sale featuring unique racing-related books, journals and memorabilia on Aug. 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at the Keeneland Entertainment Center and Keene Barn.

Among the approximately 4,000 volumes and 1,000 single magazines included in the sale are copies of the American Racing Manual and large sets such as Krik’s Guide to the Turf, Goodwin’s Annual Official Turf Guides, American Stud Book and General Stud Book. Also offered will be popular titles from many genres as well as racing programs, posters and media guides.

Most of the duplicate books are currently out of print, and all but the rarest books will be priced to sell.

Proceeds from the sale will enhance the Library’s ability to preserve its collections and to offer outreach and research services. All purchases must be made in person; no advance sales are available.

“The Keeneland Library is delighted to offer its third Duplicate Book Sale,” Keeneland Library Director Becky Ryder said. “The sale will feature something to capture every racing fan’s interest, from equine art or racecourse design to biographies of horses from A to Zenyatta.”

The Keeneland Library is one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to Thoroughbred racing, housing nearly 30,000 books, more than 1 million photographic negatives and prints, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles about all aspects of the equine industry. At the globally renowned public research institution, Library staff has assisted thousands of journalists, writers, college professors, historians, racing fans and others with research since the Library opened in 1939.

To reach the Entertainment Center and Keene Barn, which are adjacent to the Library, enter Gate 1 on Keeneland Blvd. and take the first right on Entertainment Blvd.

Since its first race meet more than 85 years ago, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. The world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland conducts four sales a year, in January, April, September and November. Graduates of Keeneland sales dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and 2020 and is holding the event again on Nov. 4-5, 2022. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a privately held company with a not-for-profit mission that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses and millions of dollars donated in support of horse industry initiatives and charitable contributions for education, research, and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. Keeneland also maintains the Keeneland Library, a world-renowned public research institution with the mission of preserving information about the Thoroughbred industry. To learn more, visit

For more information contact:
Amy Gregory at 859 361-3490
Amy Owens at 859 421-2566