Keeneland January Sale Opens Monday

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LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 4, 2013) – Keeneland kicks off the New Year with its January Horses of All Ages Sale, which begins Monday and is highlighted by the complete dispersal of Issam Fares’ Fares Farm.

Featured among the 80-horse Fares Farm consignment are Canadian champion Embur’s Song, in foal to Giant’s Causeway; Deputy Saint, a half-sister to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, in foal to Lemon Drop Kid; and a yearling half-sister to Curlin by Distorted Humor. Lane’s End Farm will act as agent for the dispersal.

The January Sale, which runs through Friday, January 11, is acknowledged as a strong market for top-quality racing and broodmare prospects, and ‘short’ yearlings (weanlings who officially turned a year old on January 1).

Recent January Sale alumni include such graded stakes winners as Love Theway Youare (2012 Vanity H.-G1); Willy Beamin (2012 Foxwoods King’s Bishop S.-G1); Bern Identity (2012 Sanford S.-G2); Twilight Eclipse (2012 W.L. McKnight H.-G2); Joyful Victory (2011 Fantasy S.-G2 and 2012 Tiffany Lass S.); Stunning Stag (2011 Vigil S.-G3 and 2012 Ontario Jockey Club S.); Two Months Rent (2012 Hawthorne Derby-G3); Unbridled’s Note (2012 Eddie D S.-G3); and Ollie Olga (2012 Whiteley Clinic Prestige S.-G3).

Keeneland has cataloged a total of 1,893 lots, and will offer broodmares in foal to, and yearlings represented by, such top stallions as Arch, Awesome Again, Bernardini, Blame, Broken Vow, Candy Ride (ARG), Cape Blanco (IRE), Curlin, Distorted Humor, Drosselmeyer, Elusive Quality, Eskendereya, Ghostzapper, Giant’s Causeway, Hard Spun, Harlan’s Holiday, Henrythenavigator, Indian Charlie, Kitten’s Joy, Lemon Drop Kid, Lookin At Lucky, Majestic Warrior, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Pulpit, Quality Road, Scat Daddy, Speightstown, Street Cry (IRE), Tapit, Tiz Wonderful, Tiznow, Trappe Shot, Unbridled’s Song, Uncle Mo and Zenzational.

The interactive January Sale catalog is available online at and via the Equineline Sales Catalog app for the iPad, which can be downloaded free from the App Store on iPad or at iTunes.

Keeneland will provide a live video stream of the entire January Sale at, coupled with updates on Facebook and Twitter at #keejan.


Click here for video of Grade 1 stakes producer Topliner, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro, sold to Katsumi Yoshida for a sale-topping $1.4 million at the 2012 January Sale. She was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. 


Tax legislation passed earlier this week by Congress and signed by President Obama provides positive investment incentives for horse owners. Bonus depreciation, which applies to new property whose original use begins with the taxpayer, such as a yearling horse, has been reinstated at 50 percent, just as it was in 2012. The $500,000 expense allowance applies to new or used property purchased in 2012 or 2013, such as a broodmare, and can be used to reduce taxable income derived from the horse business or any other business from which the taxpayer has income. Also, accelerated depreciation for young racehorses continues through 2013.


Link to 2013 January Sale Press Kit



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