Keeneland Sale handlers use subtle touch, become friends with yearlings to keep them under control

With subtle moves honed from their lifelong experience with horses, Keeneland’s ringmen quickly transform exuberant yearlings that enter the sales ring into docile creatures. Their strategy is to become friends with each yearling for the two minutes or so they are together on stage. Ron Hill is one of six men who gently parade Thoroughbreds at Keeneland during the bidding process. At the September...

Gio Ponti filly tops Friday’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale with bid of $115,000 from R 3 Stable

A filly by Gio Ponti sold for $115,000 to John Brocklebank, agent for R 3 Stable, to be the top price during Friday’s penultimate session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. Brocklebank, signing on behalf of R 3 Stable, was the session’s leading buyer, purchasing two horses for $136,000. Keeneland sold 159 yearlings Friday for a total of $2,111,900, for an average of $13,282 and a median...

Gross sales for Keeneland September Yearling Sale soar past $300 million, highest since 2008

With the sale of Hip 3313 during Thursday’s 10th session of the 12-day Keeneland September Yearling Sale, gross sales for the auction exceeded $300 million for the first time since 2008. Thursday marked the final day of Book 5, with 255 yearlings sold for a total of $6,557,100, for an average of $25,714 and a median of $15,000. With two session left in the sale, 2,261 yearlings have grossed $304,265,700,...

Atreides filly nets $175,000, tops ninth session of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Martin Anthony paid $175,000 for a filly from the first crop of Atreides to be the most expensive purchase during Wednesday’s ninth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 266 yearlings for $8,839,600, for an average of $33,232 and a median of $25,000. Cumulatively, 2,006 yearlings have grossed $297,708,600, for an average of $148,409 and a median of $85,000. Consigned by...

The Winning Nod: Keeneland bid spotters have to be on their toes during September Yearling Sale

A bid spotter at Keeneland since 1979, E.C. Larkin Jr. is a fixture at the September Yearling Sale. Standing in the aisles near the sales ring in the Sales Pavilion, he and his colleagues are masters at accepting subtle signals from seated buyers and using a shout and a wave to relay the information to the auctioneer on the stand. Larkin, who is from San Antonio, Texas, is a highly regarded media...

Two yearlings bring $325,000 each to headline solid eighth day at Keeneland’s September Sale

Two yearlings, a filly by Warrior’s Reward and a colt by Stay Thirsty, each sold for $325,000 to headline a solid day of trade during Tuesday’s eighth session of Keeneland’s 12-day September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 285 yearlings for gross sales of $15,571,000, for an average of $54,635 and a median of $40,000. To date, 1,740 yearlings have been sold for $288,869,000, for an average of $166,017...

Keeneland September Yearling Sale exceeds gross totals from 2016 after event’s seventh session

The buoyant pace continued at Keeneland on Monday when gross sales of $273,298,000 through seven sessions of the 12-day September Yearling Sale surpassed total sales of $272,890,500 recorded during last year’s entire 13-day auction. Monday marked the first of the two-day Book 4. Keeneland sold 276 horses for $18,385,000, for an average of $66,612 and a median of $50,000. Cumulatively, Keeneland has...

Half brother to 2017 Saratoga Special winner brings top price of $625,000 at Keeneland Yearling Sale

The market continued to show strength during Sunday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, headlined by the sale of a half-brother to recent Saratoga Special (G2) winner Copper Bullet for $625,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. Sunday’s session-topper, consigned by James M. Herbener Jr., agent, is from the first crop of Verrazano. Out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Allegory, the...

Pioneerof the Nile colt sells for $525,000 to top Saturday action at Keeneland’s September Sale

The positive energy from Week 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale carried forward as the sale resumed Saturday following a one-day break, with competition among leading buyers for top-quality horses spurring strong trade, topped by the sale of a colt by Pioneerof the Nile for $525,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. Keeneland sold 253 yearlings for $31,392,500 on Saturday, for an average of $124,081...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, others object to Keeneland-Churchill Downs plan for new tracks

Staff report The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and other groups are pushing back on the plan announced by Churchill Downs and Keeneland to build two new racetrack facilities in Oak Grove and Corbin. A statement released by Franklin S. Kling Jr., president of the racing commission and Vice Chairman John C. Roach said the commission has said repeatedly it would not consider “any applications...

Pair of fillies bring $1 million each on final day of Week 1 at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

The bullish market at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale continued to generate strong trade among a global contingent of buyers on Thursday, producing healthy results and the sale of two fillies for $1 million each. Keeneland sold 198 yearlings for a total of $47,231,000, an average of $238,540 and a median of $175,000 on Thursday, which marked the final day of the premier Week 1 portion of the...

Scat Daddy colt fetches $1.1 million from Coolmore to top third day of Keeneland September Sale

Brisk commerce was the hallmark of business on the third day of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, where spirited bidding among the industry’s major buyers drove prices upward, led by the $1.1 million paid by Coolmore’s M. V. Magnier for a colt from the final crop of the globally successful sire Scat Daddy. The session topper was one of three yearlings that brought $1 million or more Wednesday,...

Scat Daddy colt sells for $950,000 to headline second day of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock paid $950,000 for a colt from the final crop of top sire Scat Daddy to headline a day of robust trade during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 194 yearlings on Tuesday for gross sales of $48,221,000, an average of $248,562, and a median of $200,000. Cumulatively, 289 horses have been sold during the first two sessions for...

Keeneland Association’s 2017 Sporting Art Auction set for Nov. 19; will be afternoon event for first time

The 2017 Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The format of this year’s auction has changed from an evening to an early afternoon event beginning at 2 p.m. ET. This year marks the fifth Sporting Art Auction, which will feature 175 high-quality lots representing a mix...

Tapit filly brings season-best $2.7 million as Keeneland’s September Yearling sale gets underway

Keeneland’s reformatted Week 1 of the September Yearling Sale produced $8 million-plus horses and fueled significant increases in trade during Monday’s opening premier Book 1. Leading the action was a $2.7 million Tapit filly purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier to be the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the highest-priced filly sold at the September...

Keeneland opens 74th annual September Yearling Sale with revised format, debut of bonus program

For the next two weeks, Keeneland’s 74th annual September Yearling Sale will be the focus of the Thoroughbred industry as major buyers from across the U.S. and around the world select racing prospects representing top breeders and consignors. The 2017 sale features a revised format, highlighted by the debut of the Keeneland September Sale Bonus Program, and begins at 3:00 p.m. Monday. The September...

Premier Book 1 sale of elite yearlings kicks off Keeneland’s 74th annual September Sale Monday

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...

European champion Lady Aurelia returning to Keeneland to train for next start in Breeders’ Cup

Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward said Monday that European champion Lady Aurelia would return at week’s end from England, where last Friday a hard-charging rival named Marsha nosed her out to win the Coolmore Nunthorpe (G1) at York. Lady Aurelia, who has five wins, one second and one third in seven starts and has earned $814,945, came out of the Coolmore Nunthorpe “perfect,” Ward said.

Keeneland offering tours for fifth-graders to give hands-on horse industry experience

Keeneland will host 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area public and private schools this week as part of its commitment to educate the community about its historical significance and the integral economic and cultural role the Thoroughbred industry plays in Central Kentucky. Now in its seventh year, the program has given more than 18,000 students the opportunity to see the inner workings of Keeneland and...

Keeneland debuts enhanced digital catalog for September Yearling Sale Book 1

Keeneland has unveiled an enhanced digital catalog for the Book 1 select session of its premier September Yearling Sale that features yearling conformation photos, walking videos and interactive Keeneland Pedigrees with full updates and race replays for winners found within the pedigrees. The digital Book 1 catalog is available via Keeneland’s comprehensive September Sale microsite. Digital Book...