Keeneland has announced the official daily schedule for its marquee September Yearling Sale, which will begin Monday, Sept. 13 with the first session of a two-day Book 1 opener, a schedule update that was reported in the TDN June 26. Also included in the changes to Book 1's schedule is the ability for sellers to send horses who RNA'd on the first day back through the ring on day two.
The sale will start at 1 p.m. for both Book 1 sessions Monday and Tuesday, while the two Book 2 sessions will get underway at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 15-16. The traditional dark day, moved from its usual spot following Book 1, will be Friday, Sept. 17, with the rest of the sale continuing from Sept. 18-25 with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.
“In an effort to position the largest number of horses before our deep audience of domestic and international buyers, we are holding the first four sessions [Books 1 and 2] consecutively prior to the Dark Day,” said Keeneland CEO Shannon Arvin. “We made this adjustment after consulting with numerous buyers and sellers who continue to express their strong desire to see a significant number of yearlings before a break … We are keenly aware that the goal is to create a consistent format year to year. We are committed to meeting that goal, and to ensuring a stable marketplace for buyers and sellers alike.”