Keeneland officials announced Thursday that 4,181 yearlings have been cataloged for the 2014 annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 8-21.
The total number represents and increase over the 3,908 yearlings that were catalogs for the 2013 auction which produced gross sales of $280,491,300 and the sale of 18 yearlings for $1 million or more, both being the highest totals since 2008.
“Without question, the September Sale is where America and the world come to buy graded stakes winners,” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “No other sale comes close to offering the concentration of quality individuals that are found at Keeneland during these two weeks.”
September Sale catalogs will be available online at Keeneland.com beginning Tuesday, Aug. 5. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of August 18.
Yearlings representing 246 of the world’s elite stallions are cataloged for 2014, headlined by Arch, Awesome Again, Bernardini, Blame, Danehill Dancer, Dansili, Distorted Humor, Dubawi, Empire Maker, Eskendereya, Fastnet Rock, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, Hard Spun, Harlan’s Holiday, High Chaparral, Kitten’s Joy, Lemon Drop Kid, Lonhro, Lookin At Lucky, Lucky Pulpit, Malibu Moon, Mastercraftsman, Medaglia d’Oro, Monjeu, More Than Ready, Oasis Dream, Pioneerof the Nile, Pulpit, Quality Road, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O’Connor, Scat Daddy, Sea The Stars, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Cry, Street Sense, Super Saver, Tale of the Cat, Tapit, Tiznow, Unbridled’s Song, War Front and Warrior’s Reward.
Also cataloged are yearlings by such freshman stallions as Archarcharch, Cape Blanco, Desert Party, Drosselmeyer, Gio Ponti, Girolamo, Haynesfield, Munnings, Paddy O’Prado, Sidney’s Candy, Tizway, Trappe Shot, Twirling Candy, Uncle Mo and Wilburn.
Of the total 4,181 yearlings cataloged, 2,215 are colts, 1,962 are fillies, and 4 are geldings.
The 2013 September Sale concluded with strong indicators of resurgence in the Thoroughbred market and active participation from a globally deep buying bench that fueled double-digit gains in gross and average price, and a record median.
As was the case in 2013, this year’s September auction will feature a format that will see the select Book 1 portion of the catalog spread out over the first four days. The sale will encompass 13 sessions this year versus 12 in 2013.
The 2014 sale will be as follows:
Week 1 (Book 1) – Monday-Thursday, Sept. 8-11; sessions begin at noon ET daily.
The Book 1 catalog will span the entire opening week with a total of 762 yearlings cataloged alphabetically by dam over the four-day period.
Friday, Sept. 12 – The traditional “dark day;” no sale will be conducted.
Weekend (Book 2) – Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13-14; sessions begin at 10 a.m.
Week 2 (Books 3-6) – Monday-Sunday, Sept. 15-21; sessions begin at 10 a.m.