While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks. The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.
With 13 sessions, Keeneland's September sales are billed worldwide as the top thoroughbred auction of the year. Keeneland Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says major buyers from almost every state and 50 countries will be in town. She says gross sales a year ago were up 27%. "We're very optimistic going into this sale that we'll have a very robust sale. There's lot of optimism in the thoroughbred industry right now and the market is very strong in sales that have been leading up to this September sale," said Gregory.