Keeneland September Yearling Sale Begins On Monday: A Look at the Numbers

(Keeneland Sales Catalogues Are Ready for Buyers / Photo by Gene McLean)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

The 76th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale from Sept. 9-22, represents the largest offering of Thoroughbred yearlings in the world. Last year, 2,916 yearlings sold for $377,140,400, for a sale-record average of $129,335.

The first three days of the sale comprise the prestigious Book 1, where the 569 yearlings in the catalog were selected for their outstanding pedigrees and conformation.

Here is a closer look at the numbers from the 2019 catalog:

4,644: Horses – 2,332 males and 2,312 fillies.

2,130: Yearlings registered as bay. Of the other yearlings, 1,225 are dark bay or brown, 881 are chestnut, 406 are gray or roan, one is black and one is white.

569: Yearlings in Book 1, the premier offering of horses that takes place during the first three sessions of the sale.

281: Number of 2019 North American and international stakes that September Sale graduates have won through Aug. 19.

231: Sires represented by yearlings in the entire sale.

140: Consignors represented in the entire sale.

98: Yearlings in Book 1 whose siblings are Grade 1 winners.

90: Yearlings from the second crop of American Pharoah, who won the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland and was named Horse of the Year.

54: Sires represented by yearlings in Book 1.

46: Keeneland barns used to house the sale yearlings (barns are used several times as the sale progresses).

41: Yearlings in Book 1 whose dams are Grade 1 winners.

39: Number of 2019 Grade/Group 1 races worldwide won by September Sale graduates through Aug. 19.

24: States, provinces and foreign countries where yearlings were foaled: Alberta (1), British Columbia (3), California (21), Florida (148), France (2), Great Britain (4), Illinois (2), Indiana (14), Iowa (18), Ireland (14), Kentucky (3,945), Louisiana (35), Manitoba (1), Maryland (54), Minnesota (5), New York (111), North Carolina (1), Ohio (28), Oklahoma (7), Ontario (146), Pennsylvania (34), South Carolina (1), Texas (10), Virginia (27) and West Virginia (12).

13: Sessions of the sale.

6: Number of catalogs for the sale.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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