Anne M. Eberhardt

Keeneland Catalogs 181 Horses for 2YO Sale

Champions Big Brown and Lookin At Lucky are two recent graduates

Keeneland has cataloged 181 horses for its April 2-year-olds in training sale, to be held Monday, April 5. The one-day session will begin at 4 p.m. ET.  At last year's sale, 212 juveniles were catalogued over two  sessions.

“The April sale provides buyers a chance to purchase a ‘ready-made’ racehorse, one that will produce an immediate return on their investment,” said Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell. “That’s a great advantage in today’s economy.

“While the number cataloged this year is down, once again consignors have stepped up the quality of their offerings from which buyers have the opportunity to purchase racing’s next champions.”

Keeneland’s April sale has produced back-to-back champion colts Lookin At Lucky  (juvenile male of 2009) and Big Brown  (3-year-old male of 2008 and dual classic winner). Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and champion Thunder Gulch, as well as Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winners Gal in a Ruckus and Keeper Hill also are April sale alumni.

Eighty-one stallions are represented by April sale juveniles, including such established sires as A.P. Indy, Birdstone , Distorted Humor , Dynaformer, Elusive Quality, Giant's Causeway , Lemon Drop Kid , Medaglia d'Oro , Mr. Greeley, Pulpit, Seeking the Gold, Smart Strike, Speightstown , Storm Cat, Street Cry, Tapit , Tiznow , and Unbridled's Song.

First-crop sires with 2-year-olds cataloged are Aragorn, Bernardini , Bluegrass Cat , First Samurai , Henny Hughes, It's No Joke, Rockport Harbor, Sharp Humor, Silver Train, and War Front , among others.

Prospective buyers can see the juveniles perform under tack during a one-day preview show, scheduled for Thursday, April 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The April sale catalog will be available online at beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of March 1.

The entire April sale, as well as preview show works, will be streamed live at Replays of works will be posted on the website.