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Keeneland’s 79th September Yearling Sale kicks off Sept. 9 featuring 4,644 yearlings over 13 sessions


Keeneland’s 76th September Yearling Sale begins Monday, Sept. 9, with the first of three sessions in the Book 1. Owners and trainers and other members of the industry from around the globe will attend the auction, which has cataloged a total of 4,644 yearlings over 13 sessions through Sunday, Sept. 22.

“Buyers from around the world know breeders and consignors offer the cream of the North American foal crop at the September Sale and they travel here to find their future stars,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The depth of the buyers, who participate at all price levels, sets this auction apart.”

Yearlings in the catalog represent 231 sires, including American Pharoah, Bernardini, Cairo Prince, Camelot (GB), Candy Ride (ARG), Curlin, Dawn Approach (IRE), Distorted Humor, Dubawi (IRE), Empire Maker, Galileo (IRE), Ghostzapper, Giant’s Causeway, Hard Spun, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Lemon Drop Kid, Lope de Vega (IRE), Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Munnings, No Nay Never, Oasis Dream (GB), Pioneerof the Nile, Quality Road, Speightstown, Street Sense, Tapit, Twirling Candy, Uncle Mo, Union Rags and War Front, among others.

Stallions with their first crop of yearlings in the catalog include Air Force Blue, Brody’s Cause, California Chrome, Exaggerator, Flintshire (GB), Frosted, Mshawish, Not This Time, Nyquist, Outwork, Runhappy, Speightster, Tamarkuz, The Gurkha (IRE), Tourist, Upstart and Vancouver (AUS).

(Photo from Keeneland)

On Saturday, Sept. 7, TVG will air “Rising Stock,” a new hour-long September Sale preview show hosted by Christina Blacker, Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton, at 9 a.m. ET.

“Rising Stock” will be rebroadcast on TVG and TVG2 on Sept. 9 at 12:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

TVG2 will present live coverage of the first three days of the September Sale from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 9-10 and noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 11.

As always, the entire September Sale will be streamed live on Keeneland.com.

Following Book 1, Thursday, Sept. 12 will be a “dark day,” when no sale will be conducted. The sale resumes Friday, Sept. 13, for the two-day Book 2. A total of 730 horses have been cataloged to Book 2, and sessions begin at 10 a.m.

Books 3-6 cover the 3,345 yearlings cataloged to the remaining eight sessions of the sale from Sept. 15-22. Sessions also begin at 10 a.m.

The 2019 September Sale will unveil a new look for Barns 11-19 thanks to Keeneland’s completion of the first stage of a multi-year project to renovate the stable area. The barns, which are near the Sales Pavilions, feature new roofs, drainage systems, LED lighting, electrical wiring, water lines, curbing and trees as well as re-graded walking rings.

Keeneland will also offer golf cart transportation around the sales grounds, as well as a variety of business and concierge assistance. Attendees will also notice other changes at Keeneland including the return of the Saddling Paddock Chalet, which debuted in 2015 when Keeneland first hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This two-story business casual setting is the new location of the lunch buffet formerly served during Week 1 of the September Sale in the Phoenix Room in the Grandstand.

This year, the buffet in the Saddling Paddock Chalet opens Saturday, Sept. 7, and for the first time will run the entire auction. Hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Limestone Café in the Sales Pavilion will also feature an expanded menu, and other food offerings will be available throughout the sales grounds.

Every Keeneland auction is free and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to visit the Sales Pavilion to watch the sale, enjoy a variety of food options and browse the display of outstanding paintings and sculpture that will be offered at the Sporting Art Auction on Nov. 17 at the Sales Pavilion.

Other activities connected to the September Sale include:

Keeneland Bluegrass International Cup: This world-class polo match takes place at nearby Mt. Brilliant Farm on Friday, Sept. 6. Mt. Brilliant is hosting an intimate gourmet dinner titled “Evening in the Gardens.” For tickets and information about these events, which benefit Fayette Alliance and the Markey Cancer Foundation at the University of Kentucky, visit fayettealliance.com.

Behind-the-Scenes Sales Tours: A special feature of Keeneland’s year-round tour program, these 90-minute guided tours on Sept. 8, 16, 18, 19 and 20 will offer up to 12 guests an in-depth look at sales operations with stops at the world-renowned Keeneland Sales Pavilion and auction ring. Tours are $35 per person and begin at Keeneland’s Welcome Center at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.keeneland.com.

The Keeneland Shop: Located near the Grandstand South entrance, The Keeneland Shop has timeless equestrian-influenced apparel, jewelry, accessories, gifts and Keeneland souvenirs. The Keeneland Shop will be open Sept. 6-8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 9-22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit keenelandshop.com for more information. Shoppers also will enjoy the new Keeneland Mercantile at City Center in downtown Lexington.

Keeneland Library: Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Keeneland Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors will see the exhibit “From the Vault: Jockeys,” which features 26 images dating from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century from the Library’s archive of more than 1 million negatives and photographic prints. Memorabilia from jockeys Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson and Bill Shoemaker accompany the exhibit, which is in its closing days. Visit www.keeneland.com for details.

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