(Edited Keeneland press release)
Keeneland has catalogued a record 5,161 horses for its September yearling sale in Lexington. The total is 51 more than the previous record of 5,110 that was established last year. This year's auction, set for Sept. 11-25 (with a dark day on Sept. 15), also will be the largest ever at Keeneland, eclipsing the previous mark of 5,111 lots for the 2000 November breeding stock auction.
Keeneland will distribute a September preview catalogue via mail next week. The information is now on-line at www.keeneland.com. The full September sale catalogue will be available Monday, August 21 in print form. The catalogue will also be online on Keeneland's Web site beginning Tuesday, Aug. 8.
There are 2,704 colts and 2,457 fillies, which are the offspring of 300 different sires.
"The September yearling sale is the ultimate Thoroughbred yearling auction," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "It offers an unparalleled selection of quality individuals at all levels of the market, allowing buyers to fill their orders at one location. Such strong participation from buyers -- both principals and representatives -- from every corner of the world makes Keeneland September the global marketplace for yearlings."
Recent September yearling sale graduates include champions Ashado and Stevie Wonderboy; 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Jazil; 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever; 2005 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Artie Schiller; and grade I winners English Channel, Germance, Flower Alley, Les Arcs, Brother Derek, Sinister Minister, Malibu Mint, First Samurai, Balance, Wait a While, and Wildcat Bettie B.
The 2005 September sale set a world Thoroughbred auction record for gross of $384,349,900. The average price of $108,420 and median price of $40,000 were both sales marks. Forty yearlings sold for $1 million or more, an industry record. Among those 40 yearlings was September sale record Storm Cat colt out of Tranquility Lake, which brought for $9.7 million from John Ferguson, who signed the ticket on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. The colt was consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent for Mr.and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod.