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Keeneland September sales gross $34,735,000 on the first day

Keeneland Sale

By Alicia Wincze Hughes


The idea behind Keeneland spreading the select portion of its September yearling catalog out over four days this season was to let buyers determine quality for themselves instead of having a single catalog declare which offerings were worthy of the top of the market.


Even with its more inclusive format, the first of four Book 1 sessions still yielded results resembling its traditional boutique roots as the bellwether sale of the Thoroughbred marketplace got off to an energized start for its 12-day run.


Those holding a positive outlook heading into a revamped version of the Keeneland September yearling auction put their collective money where their mouths were Monday as four seven-figure yearlings sparked the first day's gross of $34,735,000 million generated by 130 head sold, a 14.67 percent increase over the single select session that was held in 2012.


In an effort to keep up with market demands, Keeneland had repeatedly tweaked the Book 1 format in recent years, holding two evening sessions in 2011 before going to a best-of-the-best one night showcase 12 months ago and the broader four-day select run this sale.


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