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Keeneland catalogs 4,194 horses for September Yearling Sale

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland’s 80th annual September Yearling Sale, a globally essential marketplace for Thoroughbred racing prospects, has cataloged 4,194 horses for a total of 12 sessions to be held Monday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 23.  

Print catalogs are expected to be mailed around Aug. 18. 

“The September Sale combines a deep selection of quality yearlings at all price points with a history of producing horses that excel at the highest levels, making the auction a ‘must attend’ event for buyers worldwide,” Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. “Last year’s September Sale enjoyed a historic run with record gross sales of $418 million. We now look forward to the exciting prospects cataloged this year and welcoming old and new friends to Keeneland.”

For the third consecutive year, the format of the September Sale will remain the same. 

Books 1 and 2, during the sale’s first four days, have cataloged more than 1,000 yearlings judged to be the sale’s finest individuals based on pedigree and conformation. This schedule enables major domestic and international buyers to inspect the largest number of exceptional horses possible before the “dark day” on Friday, Sept. 15, when no sale will be held. 

Recent standouts sold during Book 1 include champions Echo Zulu, Elite Power and Malathaat, and Grade 1 winners American Theorem, Cave Rock, Gina Romantica, Life Is Good, Tapit Trice and Up to the Mark. Book 1 also produced the 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1), Presented by Woodford Reserve runner-up Two Phil’s, a multiple Grade 3 winner.

“Our sales team has worked hand in hand with consignors to intentionally construct a Book 1 designed to present the largest number of exceptional racing prospects possible to our deep buying bench,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “We feel that similar to last year, these efforts will produce a vibrant momentum that will ripple through the entire auction.” 

The September Sale offers the deepest selection of yearlings to become the next generation of racing stars. As the results show, top performers can be found from Day 1 to Day 12:

  • Horses from Book 2 include 2023 champions Nest and Wonder Wheel as well as these recent Grade/Group 1 winner: Preakness winner Early Voting and Belmont winner Mo Donegal along with A Mo Reay, Colonel Liam, Country Grammer, Express Train, Marketsegmentation, Olympiad, Played Hard and Practical Move.
  • Book 3 was produced by 2023 Kentucky Derby winner Mage, Belmont (G1), Presented by NYRA Bets winner Arcangelo and Group 1 winner Sibelius.
  • Later books are represented by such 2023 standouts as champion Forte and Grade 1 winner Angel of Empire from Book 4; multiple Grade 1 winner and $2 million earner Casa Creed from Book 5; and multiple Grade 1 winner and $2 million earner War Like Goddess from Book 6.

    This year’s September Sale will be held as follows: 

    Week 1

    • Book 1 – Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 11-12. Sessions begin at 1 p.m. ET. A total of 379 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.
    • Book 2 – Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 13-14. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. A total of 728 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.
    • Dark Day – Friday, Sept. 15. No sale will be conducted.

     Week 2

    • Book 3 – Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 837 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.
    • Book 4 – Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 18-19. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 826 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.
    • Book 5 – Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 20-21. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 820 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.
    • Book 6 – Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 604 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.

    World’s leading sires have yearlings in the catalog 

    Yearlings in the September Sale catalog represent more than 200 of the world’s most prominent stallions, including American Pharoah, Bernardini, Blame, Cairo Prince, Candy Ride (ARG), Caravaggio, Classic Empire, Constitution, Curlin, Distorted Humor, English Channel, Flatter, Frankel (GB), Frosted, Ghostzapper, Good Magic, Gun Runner, Hard Spun, Into Mischief, Justify, Kantharos, Kingman (GB) Kitten’s Joy, Not This Time, Nyquist, Practical Joke, Quality Road, Speightstown, Street Sense, Tapit, Twirling Candy, Uncle Mo, Upstart, Violence, War Front, Without Parole (GB) and Wootton Bassett (GB). 

    Among the stallions represented by their first crop of yearlings in the catalog is 2020 Horse of the Year Authentic, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Other exciting young stallions with their initial sale yearlings include champions Game Winner, Improbable and Maximum Security; Kentucky Derby winner Country House; Preakness (G1) winner War of Will; Belmont winner Tiz the Law; and Grade 1 winners Echo Town, Global Campaign, Higher Power, Honor A. P., Instilled Regard, McKinzie, Promises Fulfilled, Spun to Run, Tom’s d’Etat, Vekoma and Volatile. 

    Graduates succeed around the world 

    Through Aug. 6, graduates of the September Sale have won 233 stakes globally in 2023 while capturing major races across the U.S. and in Canada as well as in Australia, Chile, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

    Keeneland sales graduates have won stakes this summer at premier meets at Saratoga and Del Mar. 

    Four champions have won graded stakes at Saratoga: Channel Maker (Bowling Green-G2), Elite Power (Alfred G. Vanderbilt-G1), Echo Zulu (Honorable Miss-G2), Forte (Jim Dandy-G2 Presented by DK Horse) and Nest (Shuvee-G2). Other stakes-winning sales graduates at the track are Becky’s Joker (Schuylerville-G3), New York Thunder (Amsterdam-G2), Roses for Debra (Caress-G3) and Smokin’ T (Lure-L). 

    Alumni who won stakes at Del Mar this summer are Order and Law (Cougar II-G3), Conclude (Caesars Sportsbook Oceanside-L) and Du Jour (Wickerr-L). 

    Joining Kentucky Derby winner Mage, Belmont winner Arcangelo and Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) Presented by Makheel winner Sibelus are Grade 1-winning sales graduates A Mo Reay (Beholder Mile), Angel of Empire (Arkansas Derby), Defunded (Hollywood Gold Cup), Forte (Curlin Florida Derby Presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa), Marketsegmentation (New York), Played Hard (La Troienne Presented by TwinSpires), Practical Move (Runhappy Santa Anita Derby), Tapit Trice (Toyota Blue Grass) and Up to the Mark (Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic and Resorts World Manhattan).

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