Beloved Keeneland Bugler “Bucky” Sallee Has Died

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – Keeneland’s Emeritus Bugler George “Bucky” Sallee died Monday in Georgetown. He was 87 years old.

For more than 50 years, Sallee was the beloved bugler at Keeneland’s historic racetrack in Lexington. He has been described as a Keeneland icon.

A favorite among racing fans of all ages, Sallee was known for generously sharing his time and musical talent with thousands of people.

Sallee was a Lexington native. He started playing the trumpet when he was 7-years-old, and later majored in music at the University of Kentucky.

Sallee went on to became a renowned musician, playing the trumpet and tenor sax for several bands for more than two decades.

In the early 1960’s, Sallee was asked to fill in as a moonlighter at Keeneland during the race meets. In 2002, he made his 10,000 call to the post.

“Bucky was a beloved member of the Keeneland family and a wonderful ambassador for racing,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Throughout his storied career, he generously shared his time and musical talent with fans of all ages. He will be remembered as a very special part of Keeneland’s history.”

Sallee’s visitation will be at Johnson’s Funeral Home in Georgetown Wednesday from 4-9 p.m. His funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church on Lexington Road in Georgetown.

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