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Book 1 Attracts the Attention

Book 1 Attracts the Attention

Breeders and consignors cognizant of the importance of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale beginning on the right foot enter their best-bred and -conformed individuals in Book 1. And these top tier yearlings in Book 1 naturally attract the most activity and interest on the grounds at Keeneland.


Book 1 Buyers are Active and Invested

Pre-sale veterinary activity in the repository is a barometer of serious buyer interest in the yearlings on offer. In 2021, Book 1 yearlings received more repository hits and video scope views (of 30 seconds or more) on average than yearlings in subsequent books. This reflects the demand and interest that the buying base has for the cream of the North American yearling crop.



2021 Repository Figures – Books 1 & 2

Repository Hits Video Scopes > 30 sec
Book 1 7.7 4.6
Book 2 6.8 3.9

For some veterinarians such as Dr. Pug Hart, buyers’ demand for Book 1 yearlings was reflected in heightened activity in the repository.

I vetted almost 30% more horses in Book 1 last year than in previous years. That says something for the selection and placement of horses.
Dr. E.C. "Pug" Hart

Highly Concentrated Quality

Consistently among the leading buyers at the September Sale, agent Mike Ryan purchased seven yearlings for gross receipts of $3.09 million during Book 1 last September.

Book 1 is the highest concentration of top horses in America. If you’re trying to buy top quality horses that have real stallion and broodmare potential when their racing careers are done, Book 1 is where you’re going to start.
Mike Ryan

‘Best of the Best’

Bloodstock agent Jacob West, who on behalf of Mike Repole’s Repole Stable and Vinnie Viola’s St. Elias was the Book 1 leading buyer in 2021 with 13 yearlings acquired for $6.76 million, believes the September Sale’s opener offers exactly what he and his clients look for.

Book 1 is the best of the best when it comes to North American bloodstock. When the best pedigrees are paired with the best physicals the untapped potential is limitless. That’s what makes September Book 1 significant.
Jacob West