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Keeneland Begins January Horses of All Ages Sale on Monday

It doesn’t take long before Keeneland — the world’s most renown auction house for elite Thoroughbreds — gets to work. And, the sales pavilion gets heated up — both literally and figuratively.

On Monday, the January Horses of All Ages Sale kicks off. Keeneland kicks off. The Horse Industry in Kentucky kicks off.

Keeneland’s 60th January Horses of All Ages Sale, which offers broodmares and broodmare prospects, yearlings by leading North American sires and horses of racing age, starts Monday, Jan. 8. A total of 1,583 horses are cataloged to the sale, which runs through Thursday, Jan. 11.

The catalog includes 678 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 628 yearlings, 264 horses of racing age, and 13 stallions and racing or stallion prospects.

Among the prominent offerings are multiple graded stakes winner Mrs McDougal, consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect, and stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Minks Aprise, supplemented to the catalog as a broodmare prospect.

Broodmares in the January Sale catalog are in foal to 154 stallions, including leading sires American Pharoah, Awesome Again, Bernardini, Candy Ride (ARG), Distorted Humor, Empire Maker, Hard Spun, Into Mischief, Lemon Drop Kid, Liam’s Map, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Nyquist, Orb, Palace Malice, Point of Entry, Quality Road and Speightstown.

The January Sale also is notable for the quality short yearlings – horses that officially turned a year old on Jan. 1 – on offer. Graded stakes winners of 2017 who went through the January Sale ring as  yearlings include Grade/Group 1 winnersMind Your Biscuits and Practical Joke; Grade 2 winners Catholic BoyGiant Expectations and Tower of Texas; and Grade 3 winners Alert BayAwesome SlateCode WarriorFlameawayHogyMiss Temple CityOne Liner and Untrapped.

This year’s catalog features yearlings by 155 sires, led by American Pharoah, Awesome Again, Bayern, Cairo Prince, Candy Ride (ARG), Carpe Diem, Curlin, Ghostzapper, Hard Spun, Honor Code, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Lea, Liam’s Map, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Orb, Palace Malice, Pioneerof the Nile, Quality Road, Speightstown, Tiznow, Tonalist, Uncle Mo, Union Rags, Verrazano, War Front and Will Take Charge.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET each day. The sale will be streamed live on Keeneland.com.