Smaller catalog on tap for Keeneland September yearling sale

The ongoing decline in the foal crop will be evident during the industry’s marquee auction this year as Keeneland has cataloged 3,604 horses for its 2012 September Yearling Sale, to be held September 10-21.

The overall number is down from the 4,319 horses  cataloged for its 2011 September sale and will also feature adjustments to its Book 1  format.

The select, Book 1 portion of the catalog will be held over one day only with 132 yearlings slated to sell on Monday September 10 beginning at 4 p.m. The past couple of years has seen the Book 1 catalog of about 200 yearlings spread out over two evening sessions taking place Sunday and Monday.

The Book 2 portion will then take place Tuesday through Thursday and will offer 915 yearlings (305 per day) will sessions beginning at 11 a.m.  Following the traditional off day on Friday, Book 3 will then commence on Saturday September 15 with sessions starting at 10 a.m. for the remainder of the sale.

“Very simply, the catalog reflects the reduction in the size of the foal crop,” Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales, said in a release. “The reduction in the size of the catalog chiefly comes from the latter days of the sale, which is where it should come from. Breeders and consignors are to be commended for doing a very good job of breeding the right mares, and for making the difficult decision not to breed those mares that cannot produce a commercially viable foal.”

Recognized as the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland has sold more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company. The September Sale has produced nearly 200 stakes winners to date in 2012, headlined by 83 graded/group stakes winners.

Highlighting the first week’s offerings will be 15 yearlings from the final crop of champion sire A.P. Indy, including nine which are cataloged in the opening select session.

Other top sires of yearlings cataloged in Book 1 are Bernardini, Broken Vow, Candy Ride, Curlin, Danehill Dancer, Distorted Humor, Divine Park, Dixie Union, Dynaformer, Elusive Quality, Empire Maker, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, Hard Spun, Henrythenavigator, Indian Charlie, Kitten’s Joy, Lemon Drop Kid, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, Montjeu, Mr. Greeley, Pulpit, Sea the Stars, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Cry (IRE), Tapit, Tiznow, Unbridled’s Song, War Front and Zensational.

“Our record speaks for itself – the September Sale is world-renowned for offering unique and extraordinary individuals at every level of the market,” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “And being the largest Thoroughbred sale, it is the barometer of the health of the Thoroughbred industry.”

Of the total 3,604 yearlings cataloged, 1,852 are colts, 1,750 are fillies and 2 are geldings.

Beginning Tuesday, August 7, September Sale catalogs will be available on Keeneland’s website at and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app for the iPad, which can be downloaded free from the App Store on iPad or at iTunes. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of August 20.


A colt by A.P. Indy out of Malka, now named Powerful, topped the 2011 September Sale, selling for $1.4 million to a partnership that included John and Jerry Amerman and Robert ‘Shel’ Evans (see sale video). Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, the colt is from the family of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.