Keeneland begins its 74th annual September Yearling Sale on Monday with a premier Book 1 sale of 167 elite yearlings that starts at 3 p.m. ET. A total of 4,139 yearlings have been cataloged to the September Sale, which will cover 12 sessions through Saturday, Sept. 23.
“Globally, the September Sale is the primary source of champions and graded stakes winners year after year,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Keeneland is excited to kick off the sale with a revised Week 1 format featuring an exclusive one-day Book 1 followed by a three-day Book 2, and the debut of the lucrative September Sale Bonus Program.”
The September Sale Bonus Program comprises two components – the Book 1 Bonus and Seller Bonus – that offer sellers and owners the opportunity to earn cash rewards The Book 1 Bonus targets Grade or Group 1 stakes winners that sold as yearlings in the premier Book 1 portion of the September Sale. The Seller Bonus extends opportunities for rewards to all eligible graded or group stakes winners sold in any book of the September Sale.
Each year, the September Sale produces more horses that excel in the world's most important races than all other North American sales companies combined. Through Labor Day, September Sale alumni have won 143 graded and/or group stakes around the globe in 2017. The winners of 33 Grade/Group 1 stakes include Abel Tasman (Coaching Club American Oaks, Acorn, Kentucky Oaks), Always Dreaming (Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands), American Patriot (Maker's 46 Mile), Arrogate (Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Dubai World Cup), Beach Patrol (Arlington Million), Classic Empire (Arkansas Derby), Collected (TVG Pacific Classic), Cloud Computing (Preakness), Cupid (Gold Cup at Santa Anita), Divisidero (Woodford Reserve Turf Classic), Drefong (Forego), El Deal (Alfred G. Vanderbilt), Girvin (betfair.com Haskell Invitational), Lady Aurelia (King's Stand), Lady Eli (Diana, Gamely), Lady Ivanka (Spinaway), Practical Joke (H. Allen Jerkens), Roly Poly (Prix Rothschild, Tattersalls Falmouth), Sailor's Valentine (Central Bank Ashland), Sporting Chance (Hopeful) and West Coast (Travers).
The entire September Sale will be streamed live on Keeneland.com. TVG2 will present full coverage of the first two days with periodic live hits on subsequent sale days on TVG1.
Sale Features Format Change
As the world's most important Thoroughbred sale, the September Sale offers a selection of quality yearlings at all levels of the market. Keeneland reformatted this year's auction to better serve the largest and most diverse buying bench in the world by doubling the number of exceptional yearlings cataloged during Week 1 of the sale.
The format is as follows:
· Book 1 (Monday, Sept. 11) – Session begins at 3 p.m.
· Book 2 (Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 12-14) – Sessions begin at 11 a.m. daily.
· Dark Day, Friday, Sept. 15 – No sale will be conducted.
· Books 3-6 (Saturday-Saturday, Sept. 16-23) – Sessions begin at 10 a.m.
Global Sire Power Highlighted
Keeneland's September Sale is world famous for the depth and breadth of its sire list. This year's catalog features yearlings by 206 established sires, led by Bernardini, Bodemeister, City Zip, Curlin, Dansili (GB), Distorted Humor, Dubawi (IRE), Empire Maker, Frankel (GB), Galileo (IRE), Ghostzapper, Giant's Causeway, Into Mischief, Kitten's Joy, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Orb, Pioneerof the Nile, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Tapit, Tiznow, Uncle Mo and War Front.
Notably, the September Sale also will feature 83 yearlings from the last crop of the internationally successful sire Scat Daddy and the first known yearling by leading Japanese sire Deep Impact to be sold at public auction in the Northern Hemisphere.
The catalog in addition includes yearlings by such exciting young stallions as Cairo Prince, Cross Traffic, Fed Biz, Goldencents, Magician (IRE), Noble Mission (GB), Strong Mandate, Verrazano and Will Take Charge, among others.
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