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Keeneland September Yearling Sale Begins Monday

Keeneland’s 80th annual September Yearling Sale, which attracts leading horsemen from across North America and from around the world to buy Thoroughbred racing prospects, begins Monday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. ET for the first of 12 sessions. A total of 4,198 horses by prominent stallions and exciting young sires have been cataloged to the sale, which continues through Saturday, Sept. 23. 

The catalog includes siblings to winners of major races this year, including Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve winner Mage and these recent Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course graded stakes winners: Adare Manor (Clement L. Hirsch-G1), Arabian Knight (FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic-G1), Aspray (Lake Placid-G2), Conclude (Caesars Sportsbook Del Mar Derby-G2), Dreamfyre (Sorrento-G3 Presented by Keeneland Sales), Gala Brand (With Anticipation-G3), Nutella Fella (Hopeful-G1), Prince of Monaco (Best Pal-G3), Randomized(Alabama-G1 Presented by Keeneland Sales), Rhyme Schemes (Herb Moelis Memorial Saratoga Special-G2) and Roses for Debra (Caress-G3).

In addition, the catalog has siblings to these recent graded stakes winners: Abeliefinthislivin (Canadian Derby-G3 at Century Mile), Gigante (Secretariat-G2 at Colonial Downs), Miss Dracarys (Dance Smartly-G2 at Woodbine) and Vahva (Charles Town Oaks-G3).

“The September Sale is a can’t-miss event for horsemen because it presents a critical mass of yearlings of unmatched quality at every price level,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “For that reason, it’s the world’s leading yearling sale, the one that has the focus of the industry on a global level. Our team is ready to welcome people from across the U.S. and around the world these next few weeks, and we are excited for them to experience Keeneland and everything the Lexington area has to offer.”

John Deere joins Keeneland team for September Sale

Keeneland has announced that John Deere, the official equipment supplier of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the equine industry since 2001, has become a Keeneland sponsor and partner on the September Sale and the two race meets. 

During each sale day, John Deere Gators™ will deliver bottled water to the barn areas. Near the end of each session, a Gator will surprise the consignor of the final hip number with offerings to celebrate the end of the sale day.

September Sale schedule

The September Sale, which will be livestreamed on, FanDuel TV+ and on the FanDuel app, will be held as follows:

Week 1

Book 1 – Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 11-12. Sessions begin at 1 p.m. A total of 383 yearlings are cataloged over the two days. During Book 1, FanDuel TV will present live hits from the sales grounds. 

          Book 2 – Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 13-14. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. A total of 728 yearlings are cataloged over the two days. 

Dark Day – Friday, Sept. 15. No sale will be conducted.

Week 2

Book 3 – Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 837 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.

Book 4 – Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 18-19. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 826 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.

Book 5 – Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 20-21. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 820 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.

Book 6 – Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. A total of 604 yearlings are cataloged over the two days.

As always, online and phone bidding will be available.

Community outreach

The September Sale represents an opportunity for Keeneland to educate and excite the community about the event, which is a significant economic driver to the area.

On Sept. 7 and Sept. 14, Keeneland Sales will sponsor Central Bank Thursday Night Live at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Tandy Park in downtown Lexington. The free event from 5-8 p.m. features live music along with art, food and beverages. 

Keeneland sales are free and open to the public, who can participate in two ways to learn more about sales operations:

  • Book a Behind-the-Scenes Sale Tour. These Official Keeneland Tours are available Sept. 16, 18, 20 and 22 from 9-10:30 a.m. Click herefor more information and to purchase tickets for these guided, in-depth tours.
  • Take an Abbreviated Walk Up Tour, available Sept. 11-14 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sept. 16-23 (1-4 p.m.). Visit the podium at the front of the Sales Pavilion to take part.