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Keeneland Alters September Format
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 RSS Feeds
Source: Bloodhorse

(Courtesy of the Bloodhorse)

 Keeneland officials said July 6 they have adjusted the opening-week schedule for this year's September yearling sale, which will be held Sept. 14-26.

The auction will open with a three-day Book 1 Sept. 14-16 (Monday-Wednesday), one less day than had been scheduled for previous sales. The traditional "dark day" will shift from Friday of opening week to Sept. 17, a Thursday.

Book 2 offerings will sell Sept. 18-19 (Friday and Saturday), followed by Books 3-6 beginning Sept. 20.

Start time for the three Book 1 sale days will be 11 a.m. EDT, one hour earlier than before. The remaining sessions will begin at 10 a.m.

"Offering the highest-quality catalogs and conveniences to our clients is Keeneland's number one goal, and these tweaks will further streamline the sales process and enhance momentum for the whole sale," Keeneland president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason said in a release.

"We've listened to our consignors and buyers, who prefer a tighter Book 1, offering more horses each day over fewer days and starting earlier," Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell said. "They also want a more immediate, smoother transition to Book 2 horses. This change affords buyers the opportunity to inspect a greater number of horses during (the first week)."

Book 2 horses will now be available for buyer inspection beginning Sept. 16. In previous years, first-week buyers were exposed only to Book 2 horses through Sunday. A three-day Book 1 offers first-week buyers the ability to inspect Book 1, Book 2 and some Book 3 horses, officials said.

The stabling format will return to a traditional barn rotation, with Book 1 horses in Barns 1-24 and Book 2 horses in Barns 25-49.

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