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Keeneland adds 2 to sales team

Julie Cauthen, left, and Gabby Gaudet.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland announced Monday that prominent bloodstock agent Julie Cauthen has joined the company’s September Yearling Sale inspection team. Additionally, Gabby Gaudet, a TVG racing analyst and Keeneland expert commentator, is expanding her role at Keeneland to include U.S. sales representation.

“We are excited to welcome Julie and Gabby to the Keeneland sales team,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Each brings to Keeneland a depth of knowledge, expertise and talent, and most importantly, a passion for the Thoroughbred industry. Their support will help us continue to elevate the level of quality and service offered to Keeneland consignors and buyers.”

Cauthen returns to Keeneland, where she previously served as director of new owner and client development. A fourth-generation horseman, Cauthen has extensive experience in the Thoroughbred industry that includes serving as chief operating officer of Donegal Racing and director of Two-Year-Olds in Training sales for Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services.

“I’m very excited to be back at Keeneland as part of the yearling inspection team,” Cauthen said. “I’m looking forward to doing what I love most: getting out in the field to meet with horsemen and breeders and see this year’s crop of yearlings. Our breeders and farms work incredibly hard to produce the finest racehorses in the world. It is a real privilege to be part of a team that helps them realize the best result for their yearlings at auction.”

Gaudet, who joined the Keeneland team in April as co-host of “Today at Keeneland” and as Paddock commentator, expands her responsibilities to include U.S. sales representation and recruitment.

Gaudet has reported on racing throughout the U.S. and abroad. She served as racing analyst and reporter for the Maryland Jockey Club and the New York Racing Association, and covered racing in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada and at Royal Ascot. Gabby’s parents, Linda and the late Eddie Gaudet, were longtime trainers in the Mid-Atlantic area, where her sister, Lacey Gaudet, trains. Gabby is married to trainer Norm Casse.

“I am passionate about all facets of this industry, so it is an honor to have the opportunity to expand my role with Keeneland and work with and learn from the talented sales team,” Gaudet said. “I am excited to do my part in contributing to the continued success of the Keeneland sales.”

Keeneland previously announced that TVG racing analysts Scott Hazelton and Christina Blacker would assist the Keeneland sales team as U.S. sales representatives. Hazelton teams with Gaudet to host “Today at Keeneland” and provide expert commentary during Keeneland’s race meets.

Keeneland is the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and annually conducts four premier sales: September Yearling, November Breeding Stock, January Horses of All Ages and April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.