Keeneland has released the catalogue for its upcoming September Yearling Sale. A total of 4,644 yearlings have been catalogued for the auction, which will run from Sept. 9-22. The sale begins with a three-session Book 1–190 yearlings have been catalogued for the first two sessions and 189 for the third session–beginning daily at noon. Book 1 will be followed by a dark day Thursday and the auction resumes with a two-session Book 2, with bidding beginning at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
A total of 569 yearlings are cataloged in this year's Book 1, compared to 989 yearlings in Book 1 in 2018. The Book 2 catalogue is 730 horses, compared to 826 last year.
“Keeneland is in constant communication with our sales clients, and we work with them to determine the best way to structure the September sale each year to produce the strongest market we can–by enabling consignors to best present their yearlings and giving buyers adequate time to inspect these horses,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “We feel the revised format of the 2019 September sale and the other exciting changes at Keeneland will create a successful atmosphere that rewards participants.”
The September catalogue will be available online at www.keeneland.com beginning Aug. 6 and print catalogues will be received Aug. 19 and 20.
Ahead of the September sale, Keeneland has completed the first phase of its multi-year stable area renovation. Barns 11-19, which are located closest to the sales pavilion, feature new roofs, re-graded walking rings, a new drainage system, upgraded LED lighting, new electrical wiring and new trees.
“The goal of this project is not only to enhance the barn areas, but to bring the walking rings and areas where consignors present horses for inspection on par with the caliber of horses being showcased,” Keeneland Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Vince Gabbert said.