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Gatewood Bell Named Keeneland VP of Racing


Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:40 pm |
Back to: Top News Updated: February 11, 2021 at 1:41 pm
Gatewood Bell | Anne Eberhardt Keogh

Keeneland announced that Central Kentucky horseman and bloodstock adviser Gatewood Bell has been named Vice President of Racing at the Lexington oval and will assume duties later this month.
Bell in 2011 founded Cromwell Bloodstock, a full-service bloodstock agency and consulting firm named after a company owned by his grandfather, John A. Bell, and has served as its president for the past decade. Bell, under the Cromwell Bloodstock and Hat Creek Racing banners, purchased several significant runners, including Grade I/Group 1 winners Undrafted, Hootenanny, Mastery and Con Te Partiro.
Bell is also a member of The Jockey Club and previously served on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and as the U.S. representative for Goffs Sales of Ireland. Last October, Bell was named to Keeneland’s Board of Directors as an Advisory Board member, a position he will relinquish upon his employment. Bell is the third generation of his family to serve Keeneland as a Director, following his father, Jimmy Bell, president of Godolphin USA, and grandfather, the late John A. Bell, founder of Jonabell Farm in Lexington. Like his father and grandfather, the younger Bell has been actively involved at Keeneland as both a racehorse owner and sales participant.

“Gatewood brings a unique set of skills and experiences encompassing aspects of both the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries to the role of Vice President of Racing,” said Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin. “His passion for, and knowledge of, racing were honed in the trenches on his family’s farm and at the track, and in recent years as a bloodstock adviser. The range of Gatewood’s talents and his network of relationships with owners and trainers are well suited to help Keeneland navigate the future landscape of racing.”
Raised on his family’s Jonabell Farm, Bell received a finance degree with honors from the University of Kentucky in 2004. After graduation, he worked for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin for three seasons in Florida, Kentucky and New York. Bell also represented multiple Grade 1 winning-jockey Fernando Jara as an agent on the East Coast.
“I have great respect and appreciation for what the Keeneland name and its history mean to its stakeholders: horsemen, horseplayers, fans, local community and the global industry,” Bell said. “Keeneland is a very special place. I grew up coming to the races there and it is where I fell in love with the game. I am excited about Keeneland’s future and the opportunity to be a part of it. This place represents all that is good about our sport, and I look forward to working together with our horsemen to ensure Keeneland continues to deliver the highest quality and safest racing product in the world.”
Gatewood and his wife, Lauren, along with their children, Eloise (10), Daisy (7) and Gus (6), reside in Lexington.

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After Missing Remsen, Key Race Winner Speaker’s Corner Back in Training


Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:40 pm |
Back to: Shared News Updated: February 11, 2021 at 6:33 pm
Speaker’s Corner | Adam Coglianese

By Steve Sherack Now that’s a key race.
Subsequent runaway Smarty Jones S. winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Caddo River (Hard Spun) and authoritative GIII Holy Bull S. hero Greatest Honour (Tapit) were both defeated in second and third, respectively, in a salty, seven-furlong maiden special weight at Belmont Park last fall Oct. 11 (video).
But what happened to the impressive winner that day, the highly regarded Godolphin homebred Speaker’s Corner (Street Sense–Tyburn Brook, by Bernardini)?

“After a minor setback, he is back jogging and hacking at Payson Park with Bill Mott,” Godolphin President Jimmy Bell said. “We’re very pleased with his progress and are looking forward to his return. He’s back in full training and will allow his fitness to dictate when and where he will make his 3-year-old debut.”
The buzz of the Saratoga backstretch prior to debuting with a promising third-place finish as the 3-5 favorite following a slow start on closing day (Second Chances), Speaker’s Corner ran to the hype second out.
He turned in a powerful, wide rally from fifth following a hot pace in his maiden breaker, clocking his final eighth in a field-best :12.54, good for an 80 Beyer Speed Figure.
The field of eight also included Original (Quality Road), recent third-place finisher in the grassy GIII Kitten’s Joy S. at Gulfstream Park.
Speaker’s Corner was being aimed at the GII Remsen S. at Aqueduct Dec. 5–he last breezed a bullet five furlongs at Belmont Nov. 25–prior to heading to the sidelines.
“We always talk about key races, and I like to think his maiden race might have been the most formful and telling of all 2-year-old races run last year,” Bell said. “Caddo River ran off the screen in the Smarty Jones and Greatest Honour was most professional in his Holy Bull score. We’re very hopeful that Speaker’s Corner can add to the impressive accomplishments already performed by those two.”
Speaker’s Corner is out of an unraced daughter of GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Round Pond (Awesome Again), a $5.75-million purchase by Sheikh Mohammed’s operation at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
This same Street Sense over Bernardini cross is also responsible for Godolphin’s unbeaten GISW Maxfield, entered in Saturday’s GIII Mineshaft S. at Fair Grounds, as well as last term’s GIII Indiana/Oklahoma Derby winner Shared Sense.

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