4,034 Catalogued for KEESEP

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A total of 4,034 yearlings have been catalogued for Keeneland's 78th annual September yearling sale, scheduled for Sept. 13-24 in Lexington, KY.

“This is an exciting time at Keeneland as we welcome Tony Lacy as our new Vice President of Sales and Cormac Breathnach as our new Director of Sales Operations, while longtime Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell remains on the team in a consulting role,” Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. “We have initiated a number of new features to further enhance the September Sale and facilitate the process for buyers and sellers with the goal of creating a consistent sale format each year and further ensuring a stable marketplace.”

Previously announced changes to the September sale this year include an RNA Reoffer at the conclusion of a two-day Book 1.

“For those passionate about Thoroughbred racing,” Lacy said, “Central Kentucky and Keeneland are destination experiences. We intend to provide those attending the September Sale a memorable stay to enjoy the best of what the Bluegrass has to offer.”

Week 1 of the auction will feature two Book 1 and Book 2 sessions followed by a dark day on Friday, Sept. 17. Books 3 and 4 will take place in the subsequent days, with three Book 5 sessions spread over the final two days of the sale–one on Thursday, Sept. 23 followed by the final two sessions both on the sale's final day, Sept. 24.

“Keeneland remains customer-focused in our mission to provide the absolute best marketplace this September,” Lacy said. “We adjusted the sale format after many meaningful conversations with our customers, who expressed their strong desire to see a significant number of yearlings before a break.”

As for combining the last two Book 5 sessions, Lacy said, “This change will allow buyers to have a full day of yearlings to consider rather than two shorter sessions at the end of the sale and will generate a more vibrant market for all involved on Friday.”

Book 1 sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m.; Book 2 sessions at 11:00 a.m.; and the remaining sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The catalog is now available to view online with printed catalogs expected to arrive around Aug. 23. Visit theworldsyearlingsale.com for enhanced information.

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