Last year, sale records were established for average price ($174,015) and median price ($127,500). The buy-back rate (42.7%) also was the auction's highest ever. The 102 horses sold grossed $17,749,500.
Keeneland will offer its largest catalogue ever for its April sale of 2-year-olds in training, with 262 horses listed. The number is up by 5.2% from last year's total of 249. The previous record high was 253 in 1994.The auction is scheduled for April 15 in Lexington."If it all holds together, we should have a bang-up sale," said Tom Thornbury, Keeneland's associate director of sales. "We have a large number of outstanding individuals this year. We didn't have a lot of cross-entries (with other sales) this year. Consignors are starting to point for this sale because horses can work on the grass and because you have more time to prepare them."