Keeneland Makes Changes to September Sale Format

Keeneland is changing the format of the September yearling sale's "selected sessions" so they mirror the July select yearling sale.

Consignments to one of Septembers two selected days will be divided between the sessions instead of selling all on one day.

"Historically, consignors with horses in the selected sessions sold on either Monday or Tuesday," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "Now it will be like the July sale. If they have a 12-horse consignment, they will sell six on Monday and six on Tuesday. It is a more equitable way to assign horses for these sessions."

The format for book two of the sale remains the same.

Keeneland also will take a one-day break on Friday of the first week to give buyers an opportunity to inspect horses in the third book. Last year, the sale ran for 13 days and was interrupted only because of the events of Sept. 11.

"Horses in book three of the September sale have averaged more than $50,000 and deserve better attention," Russell said.

Last year, the September sale sold 2,895 horses $254,190,000 and averaged $87,803. The selected sessions averaged $386,170.