Keeneland Catalogs 4,147 Horses for September Yearling Sale

August 9, 2022

Online catalog for 12 sessions now available

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Keeneland has cataloged 4,147 horses for the 79th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s largest and most significant marketplace for Thoroughbred racing prospects. The auction, which covers 12 sessions from Sept. 12-24, kicks off nearly three months when Keeneland will be the focus of the global Thoroughbred industry with events that continue with the Fall Meet, Breeders’ Cup World Championships and November Breeding Stock Sale.

Click here for the online September Sale catalog, which will include walking videos and photographs of yearlings. See theworldsyearlingsale.com for features about the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and the success of sales graduates. Print catalogs are expected to arrive in the mail around Aug. 20.

“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,” Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. “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.”

Format is consistent with last year

Similar to the 2021 September Sale, Week 1 of this year’s auction will feature Books 1 and 2 during the first four days, and more than 1,100 horses judged the sale’s finest individuals based on pedigree and conformation are cataloged. The aim of the format is to position the largest number of exceptional horses possible before major domestic and foreign buyers prior to the “dark day” on Friday, Sept. 16 when no sale will be held.

“We’ve been listening to our buyers, both from the U.S. and abroad, and they have expressed a desire that we put forward more horses which are top physicals early on, and so we have emphasized that aspect,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “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.” 

Yearlings cataloged to Book 1 are out of 36 Grade 1 winners and out of a total of 89 graded stakes winners overall; 50 are half-siblings to Grade 1 winners and to 99 graded stakes winners overall.

The September Sale will present the following schedule:

Week 1

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

Book 2 – Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 14-15. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. A total of 751 yearlings are cataloged 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 10 a.m. A total of 828 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.

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

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

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

Keeneland will livestream the entire September Sale at Keeneland.com. As always, online and phone bidding will be available.

Barn renovations and hospitality

Keeneland’s multi-year project to renovate the stable area resumed this year following a three-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021 and improvements made to The Thoroughbred Center in 2022, which meant horses who resided there relocated to Keeneland for several months while new barns were constructed. In this second phase of the renovation, Barns 20-27 now feature new roofs, re-graded walking rings, a new drainage system, upgraded LED lighting, new electrical wiring and new trees.

“We were very pleased to continue our stable area renovation this summer, which, when combined with Barns 11-19 that were renovated in 2019, makes for a total of 14 upgraded barns at this point,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Cormac Breathnach said. “While we work to enhance the entire barn area, our goal is to put the walking rings and areas where consignors present horses for inspection on par with the caliber of horses being presented. These renovations are among the capital improvements our sales clients will see around Keeneland.”

The September Sale will mark the return of the Saddling Paddock Chalet, which also will be in use for the Fall Meet, Breeders’ Cup and November Breeding Stock Sale. Located adjacent to the Sales Pavilion and extending the entire length of the Paddock, the Chalet will expand the number of hospitality offerings for sales clients. It will include a dining room, where a buffet lunch will be available Sunday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Sept. 15, as well as a lounge and bar open the entire auction. Additional private conference rooms in the structure also will be available.

World’s leading sires have yearlings in catalog

The September Sale catalog has a total of 2,102 colts, 2,044 fillies and one gelding. Among them are 21 yearlings bred outside North America, exemplifying the auction’s international appeal to overseas breeders.

Yearlings in the catalog represent 199 of the world’s most established stallions, including American Pharoah, Bated Breath (GB), Candy Ride (ARG), Caravaggio, Constitution, Curlin, Distorted Humor, Flatter, Frankel (GB), Galileo (IRE), 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 (GB).

In addition, a number of exciting young stallions are represented by their first crop of yearlings in the catalog such as Grade 1 winner Audible, multiple Grade 2 winner Catalina Cruiser, multiple Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy, multiple Grade 1 winner Divisidero, multiple graded stakes 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.

The catalog also includes progeny of other stallions who were accomplished on the race track and whose first runners are excelling this year. Among them are Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, Grade 1 winner Army Mule, multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro, Grade 1 winner Girvin, champion Good Magic, multiple graded stakes winner Good Samaritan, Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Justify, Grade 1 winner Mendelssohn, multiple Grade 1 winner Mor Spirit, Grade 1 winner Mo Town, multiple Grade 1 winner Oscar Performance, Grade 1 winner Sharp Azteca and champion West Coast.

Graduates win stakes around the world

Through Aug. 8, graduates of the September Sale have won 224 stakes globally in 2022. Victories include graded stakes across the U.S. and in Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. 

Leading the Grade 1 winners are two winners of Triple Crown races: Early Voting (Preakness-G1) and Mo Donegal (Belmont-G1). At premier meets this summer at Del Mar and Saratoga, graded stakes-winning sales graduates are American Theorem (Bing Crosby-G1), Big Invasion (Quick Call-G3 Presented by Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation), Cabo Spirit (La Jolla-G3), Epicenter (Jim Dandy-G2), Golden Pal (Troy-G3), Heywoods Beach (Cougar II-G3), champion Jackie’s Warrior (Alfred G. Vanderbilt-G1), Just Cindy (Schuylerville-G3), Life Is Good (Whitney-G1), Naughty Gal (Adirondack-G3), Nest(Coaching Club American Oaks-G1) and War Like Goddess (Glens Falls-G2).

Other major North American Grade 1 victories were recorded by sales graduates Casa Creed (Jaipur), Colonel Liam (Pegasus World Cup Turf Cup Invitational Presented by Baccarat), Express Train (Santa Anita Handicap Presented by Yamaava’ Resort & Casino), Jackie’s Warrior (Churchill Downs Presented by Ford), Life Is Good (Pegasus World Cup Invitational Presented by 1/ST BET), Nest (Central Bank Ashland) and Zandon (Toyota Blue Grass).

Winners of Group 1 races abroad include Country Grammer (Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline), Emblem Road (Saudi Cup) and Switzerland (Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Atlantis Dubai).

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