The two premier summer race meets have ended and peak fall racing is around the corner, but the Thoroughbred industry is still buzzing with activity: The Keeneland September yearling sale kicks off today.
Keeneland isn’t just a racetrack, it’s also an auction house and the September sale is their marquee auction each year. It’s the biggest sale of yearlings (1-year-olds) on the continent, attracting buyers from around the world hoping to snag racing’s next superstar. Triple Crown winner Justify, star 3-year-old filly Monomoy Girl, and leading older male Accelerate all went through the Keeneland September sale ring.
Read on for the remarkable figures surrounding the September sale.
7 - The number of 2017 Eclipse Award champions who passed through the auction ring at Keeneland September. September sale grads have won 82 Eclipse Awards.
13 days - This year’s September sale spans 13 days, Sept. 10-23 with a break in selling on Sept. 14.
13 - The number of yearlings who brought $1 million or more at the 2017 sale.
63 - The number of Triple Crown race wins by horses sold at a Keeneland yearling sale, including this year’s Triple Crown wins by Justify.
75 - This year is the 75th annual September yearling sale. The first was held in 1944.
81 - This year’s sale features 81 yearlings from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
82 - Total yearlings offered at this year’s sale by perennial leading sires Tapit (48) and War Front (34).
155 - The number of 2018 graded stakes wins by horses offered at the Keeneland September sale (as of Sept. 5).
$2,005 - The average price of a yearling sold at the inaugural 1944 fall sale.
2006 - Four of the top nine highest-priced colts and three of the eight most expensive fillies ever sold at Keeneland September occurred at the 2006 sale, prior to the economic downturn.
4,538 - The number of yearlings catalogued for this year’s sale.
$120,487 - The average price paid for a yearling bought at last year’s September sale.
$182,733 - Average price of a yearling sold by Gainesway at last year’s sale.
$500,000 - Purchase price of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify at the 2016 September sale. His half-brother will be offered at the sale this year as hip 443.
$950,000 - The average sale price of a Tapit yearling at the 2017 sale.
$2.7 million - Sale price of hip 69, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Cupid, in 2017. She was the most expensive yearling sold at last year’s sale.
$11,700,000 - Record price at the September sale, when Meydan City sold in 2006.
$12,475,000 - Amount spent at the 2017 by Shadwell Estate Co., the racing stable of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai, on 17 yearlings.
$38,679,400 - Gross receipts from horses sold by Taylor Made Sales Agency at the 2017 sale, more than any other consignor. Taylor Made has led consignors 12 of the last 14 September sales.
$307,845,400 - Total spent on 2,555 yearlings at the 2017 sale.