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The world's Thoroughbred buyers are coming to central Kentucky

Stu Johnson
Keeneland's Media Services Manager

The 79th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale is underway. It’s regarded as the world’s largest and most significant auction of Thoroughbred racing prospects. Keeneland’s Amy Gregory said horsemen come from all over the world to scout yearlings, horses that have never raced.

“So, they’re really kind of teenagers, if you think of them that way, going into college. And so, they’re scouting them on physicals and pedigree and looking to kind of judge what their racing potential will be,” said Gregory.

Gregory noted the September auction offers horses at all different levels of the market. She added book one offerings early in the week include the best of the best. Each day of sales is open to the public.

“It’s great theater and it’s a lot of fun and it’s a different side of the horse business than I think a lot of people get to see. They’re familiar with the racing side, but maybe not so much with the sales side. And the sales are so important to the central Kentucky community because all the farms are bringing their horse to market, basically,” said Gregory.

More than 41 hundred horses are cataloged over the next two weeks.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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