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Highly anticipated catalogue for Keeneland's September Yearling Sale released

The American bonanza takes place from September 12-24

The catalogue for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale has been released
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The catalogue for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale has been released, with some of the world's leading sires represented in 12 sessions that takes place from September 12-24. 

A total number of 4,147 horses have been entered for the bonanza, an event that will feature Books 1 and 2 during the first four days with more than 1,100 horses. 

Yearlings entered for Book 1 are out of 36 Grade 1 winners and out of a total of 89 Graded winners overall, while 50 are half-siblings to Grade 1 winners and to 99 Graded winners overall.

Keeneland vice president of sales Tony Lacy said: “We’ve been listening to our buyers, both from the US and abroad, and they have expressed a desire that we put forward more horses which are top physicals early on, and so we have emphasised that aspect."

"Book 1 encompasses more highly graded horses than in recent years, so buyers who come into town for only a short period of time will be able to see a larger percentage of really nice horses.”


Week 1

Book 1 – Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 12-13. Sessions begin at 1pm. ET. A total of 362 yearlings are catalogued over the two days.

Book 2 – Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 14-15. Sessions begin at 11am. A total of 751 yearlings are catalogued over the two days.

Dark day – Friday, Sept. 16. No sale will be conducted.

Week 2

Book 3 – Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18. Sessions begin at 10am. A total of 828 yearlings are catalogued over the two days.

Book 4 – Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 19-20. Sessions begin at 10am. A total of 822 yearlings are catalogued over the two days.

Book 5 – Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 21-22. Sessions begin at 10am. A total of 807 yearlings are catalogued over the two days.

Book 6 – Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24. Sessions begin at 10am. A total of 577 yearlings are catalogued over the two days.


Among the top-class sires represented are American Pharoah, Bated Breath, Candy Ride, Caravaggio, Constitution, Curlin, Distorted Humor, Flatter, Frankel, Galileo, Ghostzapper, Gun Runner, Hard Spun, Into Mischief, Kingman (GB) Kitten’s Joy, Maclean’s Music, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Munnings, No Nay Never, Not This Time, Nyquist, Quality Road, Speightstown, Street Sense, Tapit, Twirling Candy, Uncle Mo, Upstart, Violence, War Front and Wootton Bassett.

Their younger counterparts with first yearlings being offered include Grade 1 winner Audible, multiple Grade 2 winner Catalina Cruiser, multiple Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy, multiple Grade 1 winner Divisidero, multiple Graded winner Enticed, Grade 1 winner Leofric, champion Mitole, multiple Grade 1 winner Omaha Beach, Grade 1 winner Preservationist, champion Vino Rosso and multiple Grade 1 winner World of Trouble.

Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said: "The September Sale is a bellwether event on the annual sales calendar, and we at Keeneland are excited to once again provide a stable and successful marketplace for consignors and buyers.

“Last year’s September Sale was vibrant from start to finish, resulting in record average and median prices and a record high clearance rate. This year, we look forward to welcoming back more international buyers who haven’t been here in a few years due to Covid travel restrictions."

Keeneland will livestream the sale Keeneland.com, while online and phone bidding will also be available. 


Take a look at the catalogue here


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Last year’s September Sale was vibrant from start to finish, resulting in record average and median prices and a record high clearance rate
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