However, Russell said Keeneland officials would meet with horsemen later this year to reassess the situation and would continue to do so annually in future years."It (the July sale) will always be on the table, and it will always be calendared," he said.When or if the July sale returns, there will be changes, Russell predicted."It won't be your grandmother's July sale," he said.
Rather than horses with the very best pedigrees, the sale probably would attract the type of yearlings that are offered in books three and four of the Keeneland September catalogue, Russell said. Last year, such horses had averages ranging from $30,288 to $75,527 per session.In the 1980s, before the September sale became so successful, consignors offered their best-bred yearlings in July. But more recently, sellers have targeted September because it gives their top horses more time to develop physically. The major buyers who attended the July sale also started showing up in September.
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