Keeneland will hold the April Horses of Racing Age Sale Friday, Apr. 29, following the last race on the closing day of the Spring Meet. The 10-race card will have an adjusted first post of 12:30 p.m. from the traditional 1 p.m., with the final race of the closing card scheduled for approximately 5:09 p.m. The sale will follow at 6:30 p.m.
“Keeneland is excited for this opportunity to bridge racing and sales and capitalize on the energy of the Spring Meet,” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. “By hosting the April Sale on a race day, we will introduce some race fans to the sales arena and hopefully develop new participants over time. We also can showcase the sale before industry focus moves to Louisville and Kentucky Derby Week.”
Like last year, the April Sale will be an integrated event, with live auctioneers at Keeneland and horses presented for sale both physically at Keeneland as well as at off-site locations, depending on the preference of the sellers and consignors. Internet and phone bidding will be available.
“Keeneland is unique in its role as both a racetrack and sales company, and we want to continue to strengthen the synergy between those two operations,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing Gatewood Bell said. “The timing of the April Sale enables trainers to make adjustments to their racing stables as they move to their summer bases.”
Entry deadline for the print version of the April Sale catalogue is Apr. 1, with supplemental entries accepted until the sale. Keeneland's Spring Meet will be held Apr. 8-29.