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Last Year's Keeneland September Hard to Emulate

Tuesday, 10th September 2019

The 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale - the world’s largest in terms of sheer numbers - has plenty to live up to in order to meet anywhere near last year’s record breaking turnover. The 2018 edition of the sale grossed more than $377.1 million, up an enormous 22.5%, and offered 4,538 yearlings, of which 989 were catalogued in Book 1 and offered over the first four days. A change of tack may affect proceedings this year, with a 569-strong Book 1 reduced to just 3 days. Expressing a guarded optimism that the 2019 Sale could match the success of last year before the first session on Monday night in Kentucky, Keeneland's vice president of racing and sales Bob Elliston noted, "Last year, we had too many horses up front and it created a rush on buyers. They didn't have the comfort level to properly judge these horses against the money they're spending.” He reflected, “We have as good a quality of horses this year, but $377 million is a big number and is a big bar to get over. We would be tickled if we could get flat with that, but I've seen the quality of the stock here and I've seen the buyers who are here, and that is what gives me optimism.”

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