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Bugler Finally Out Of Puff At Keeneland

Thursday, 26th September 2013

Thursday Odd-Spot: Bucky Sallee, the charismatic bugler at Keeneland for the past 51 years, has retired and will be named the racing industry's first 'bugler emeritus', reports drf.com. Despite having a difficult time hitting the right notes over the past few years, the 84YO Sallee is still a beloved and popular fixture at the track. Wearing his signature green jacket with gold trimmings, white riding breeches and black riding boots, Sallee would typically spend his day wandering between the track and the paddock, greeting fans and posing for photographs when he wasn't "blowing his horn," as he referred to his job. Keeneland said it will honour Sallee during a celebration on opening day of the fall meet, Oct. 4. "Bucky is a Keeneland icon," Keeneland President Bill Thomason said in a statement. "He is a favourite among fans of all ages, having generously shared his time and musical talent with so many people during his storied career." Sallee described his proudest moment as playing for Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Keeneland in 1984. 

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