LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland announced today that its 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at noon, and run through Sunday, Nov. 17.
The November Sale, originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 5, was moved back a day to allow buyers more time to travel to Kentucky from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita in Southern California and inspect horses at the sale.
“In keeping with Keeneland’s mission, we continually strive to do things that better the entire industry,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We listen to our customers and we respond; that’s what Keeneland does. We adjusted the September Sale format based on feedback from horsemen and produced the fifth-highest gross in that sale’s history. This change to the November Sale start date and our continued focus on quality guest experiences and hospitality are further evidence of how much we value our partnerships with owners, consignors and buyers, and respond to their needs.”
“We recognize the importance of being flexible,” he added. “With two marquee industry events within days of each other, this allows our customers to enjoy both the Breeders’ Cup and the Keeneland November Sale to their fullest.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Keeneland for its continued leadership in support of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships,” Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. “Their recognition of the needs of our customers, who are also their customers, and a willingness to make a significant change to one of the most important events on the worldwide commercial auction landscape is laudable and appreciated.”
This year, Keeneland will heighten the November Sale experience with an exclusive preview party for participating buyers and consignors. In addition to this world-class event, buyers and sellers can expect other amenities and enhancements throughout the sales grounds and within the Sales Pavilion.
“We are excited to continue the energy and positive momentum from the September Sale and upcoming Fall Meet into Breeders’ Cup and the November Sale,” Thomason said.
Immediately following the final session of the November Sale on Sunday, Nov. 17, Keeneland will host a champagne reception followed by the seventh annual Sporting Art Auction in partnership with Cross Gate Gallery.