Keeneland September sale a record

Lexington, KY (July 29, 2008) – Keeneland has cataloged a record 5,555 yearlings for its 2008 September Yearling Sale, to be held September 8-23.

Catalogs for the September Sale – the world’s premier Thoroughbred yearling auction – will be available on Keeneland’s website beginning August 5. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of August 18.

No sale will be conducted Friday, September 12. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET daily. Keeneland will provide live coverage of the entire 15-day auction on its website.

“Keeneland September Sale graduates dominate racing, from the classics to the regional markets; making this sale the one place to find a ‘Saturday’ horse,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “Both international and domestic buyers will find quality and value here at all price levels. You can truly fill your orders at one stop, Keeneland September.”

The 2008 September Sale catalog is the largest ever offered by Keeneland, eclipsing the 5,553 yearlings cataloged last year. Of the total cataloged, 2,827 are colts, 2,727 are fillies and one is a gelding.

The world’s most prominent sires are represented by September Sale yearlings, including A. P. Indy, Awesome Again, Danehill Dancer (IRE), Distorted Humor, Dixie Union, Dynaformer, El Prado (IRE), Elusive Quality, Empire Maker, Forestry, Fusaichi Pegasus, Galileo (IRE), Giant’s Causeway, Gone West, Harlan’s Holiday, Johannesburg, Kingmambo, Malibu Moon, Medicean (GB), Mineshaft, Montjeu (IRE), More Than Ready, Mr. Greeley, Peintre Celebre, Pivotal (GB), Pulpit, Rahy, Sadler’s Wells, Seeking the Gold, Smart Strike, Storm Cat, Street Cry (IRE), Theatrical (IRE), Tiznow, Unbridled’s Song and Vindication, among others.

Also cataloged are yearlings by such top young sires as Afleet Alex, Candy Ride (ARG), Chapel Royal, Closing Argument, Congaree,Consolidator, Eddington, Eurosilver, Forest Danger, Friends Lake, Ghostzapper, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ), Limehouse, Lion Heart, Medaglia d’Oro, North Light (IRE), Offlee Wild, Pollard’s Vision, Pleasantly Perfect, Purge, Rock Hard Ten, Roman Ruler, Saint Liam, Smarty Jones, Speightstown, Strong Hope, Tapit and Value Plus, among others.

The Keeneland September Sale counts among its recent graduates North American Horse of the Year Curlin and champions Rags to Riches, War Pass, Wait a While, Midnight Lute, English Channel and Maryfield; Good Ba Ba, Horse of the Year and champion miler in Hong Kong; and Canadian Horse of the Year Arravale. Other recent stakes-winning alumni include Ariege, Araaj, Benny the Bull, Casino Drive, Desert Party, Divine Park, Dixie Chatter, Eight Belles, Forever Together, Frost Giant, Intangaroo, Mrs. Lindsay, Rio de La Plata, Street Boss, Unbridled Belle, Zaftig and Zenyatta.

The 2007 September Sale produced total sales of more than $385 million, the second-highest grossing September Sale in Keeneland history. An industry record 3,799 yearlings were sold, including 32 for $1 million or more. Demi O’Byrne, on behalf of John Magnier and Coolmore Stud, purchased the sale topper, bidding $3.7 million for a colt by Unbridled’s Song out of Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Secret Status, from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.