Longtime Bugler Bucky Sallee to retire from Keeneland

George "Bucky" Sallee

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Keeneland has announced that longtime Bugler George "Bucky" Sallee is retiring.

Sallee has been a bugler at the race track for more than 50 years and will retire to become Bugler Emeritus beginning this fall.

Keeneland's President and CEO Bill Thomason called Sallee a "Keeneland icon," stating he was a favorite among fans and a special member of the Keenelenad family.

Keeneland invites the public to honor Sallee on opening day of the fall race meeting, Friday, October 4th. Gates open at 11 a.m. ET; post time for the first race is 1:05 p.m. Special commemorations are planned prior to the race and Sallee will sign autographs during the afternoon. Fans will be able to share their memories with him online, or drop a letter in the "Bucky Mailbox," which will be located adjacent to the paddock on opening day.

Trumpeter Steve Buttleman has been named Keeneland's new track bugler.

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