Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale begins on Monday (Jan. 7) with 1,392 lots cataloged for the four-day auction. Sessions start at 10 a.m. (ET) daily.
The total number of lots catalogedconsists of 646 broodmares, 138 broodmare prospects, 104 racing or broodmare prospects, 419 yearlings, 84 horses of various other ages and 1 stallion share.
"From year to year, there's a greater variation in quality in January than in any other Keeneland sale throughout the year so it's difficult to assess," said Keeneland's director of sales, Geoffrey Russell. "And, you don't know what effect--positive or negative--the general economy will have this year."
There are broodmares who are pregnant to Storm Cat, Coronado's Quest, Deputy Minister, Gone West, Kingmambo, Saint Ballado, Seeking the Gold, Thunder Gulch, Unbridled, and Unbridled's Song.
Many stallions, whose first foals arrive in 2002, are represented by mares carrying their foals. They include Anees, Behrens, Dixie Union, Giant's Causeway, Golden Missile, High Yield, Lemon Drop Kid, Stephen Got Even. and War Chant.
Among the broodmares cataloged are Sparkling Delite, the dam of multi-millionaire Captain Steve and in foal to Fly So Free; grade I winners Rings a Chime and Desert Stormer, who are in foal to Saint Ballado and Kris S., respectively; and Our Dani, dam of 2001 grade I winner You.
There is one dispersal in the sale. Walnut Green will sell 17 horses for Christiana Stables, whose owner Mrs. Jane du Pont Lunger died last year. Go For Wand was among the horses who carried the Christiana silks.
Last year, the January Sale spanned six days. Gross sales totaled $39,657,700 for 1,207 horses. The average was $32,856.
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