The World’s Marketplace

The World's Marketplace

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale has a well-deserved reputation as the premier source of equine athletes in the world. With international travel back in full force, buyers from throughout the world were in attendance during the 2022 renewal that smashed all September Sale records.

By the Numbers

1,321 buyers from 25 countries

88 buyers spent $1 million +

Record 82% clearance

Top 10 yearlings sold to 8 different buyers

Keeneland has done a good job of bringing every accent in the world here. And I think they've done a really good job of picking out the horses.
Tommy Eastham, Legacy Bloodstock

Top Buyers: 2022 September Sale

Buyer Number of Hips Total
Repole Stable/St. Elias Stables 31 $12.84 million
Donato Lanni, agt. for SF/Starlight/Madaket 21 $12.825 million
Courtlandt Farm 11 $8.235 million
West Bloodstock, agt. for Repole Stable 27 $7.94 million
Mike Ryan, agent 21 $7.65 million

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Terry Finley
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Tom Ryan
Peter Brant
Don Adam
Mike Ryan
David Ingordo
Liz Crow

An International Presence

Keeneland is committed to the growth of the marketplace and invests in a year-round global market development strategy to attract the deepest international buying bench in the industry. The September Sale offers a critical mass of quality individuals at all levels of the market that lures prospective buyers to Keeneland annually.

The depth of the buying bench has been huge. Some of your bigger partnerships and major buyers are picking up quite a few horses but beneath them you are seeing a wide variety of buyers and they are spending lots of money and coming back for more. The energy has been sensational.
Jill Gordon

Strong Japanese Buying

Buyers from Japan were bullish on the September Sale offerings, led by Hideyuki Mori’s purchase of five yearlings for $2,545,000. Included among Mori’s purchases was a colt by Curlin who is a half-brother to undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify for $1.2 million.

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There were 18 groups from Japan here for the sale. That's the busiest they've been at a September Sale in a long, long time. Our breeders offer a high-quality horse that is very appealing to the international market.
Tony Lacy

Repole Leads the Way

Like many of the other leading buyers at the 2022 September Sale, prominent owner Mike Repole was a major presence throughout the first week of the auction, while accompanied by Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, Jacob West, Ed Rosen, Jim Martin and Danielle Bricker. In different partnerships, Repole races 2022 Eclipse Award champions Forte and Nest, both September Sale acquisitions.

Other major owners at Keeneland to personally oversee their purchases included Don Adam, Dana and Jim Bernhard, Larry Best, Peter Brant, M.V. Magnier, Mandy Pope, Tom Ryan, Lee Searing, Michael Talla, Ron Winchell, Jack Wolf and Yoshito Yahagi, among others.

It’s the best of the best.. the best pedigrees, the best physicals, that you're going to show off to the world's best buyers.
Conrad Bandoroff

Diverse Buying Bench Lifts All Consignors

While perennial leader Taylor Made Sales Agency again ranked as top consignor, the broad international buying bench in 2022 provided a financial boost to many breeders, small and large. A boutique operation, Chiquita and Jeff Reddoch’s small family-run Stonehaven Steadings was represented by the $2.5 million sale-topping Quality Road colt.

Overall, just about every breeder has got to be over the moon with how things have gone with this sale. Keeneland has done a tremendous job with the recruitment.
Aidan O’Meara, Stonehaven Steadings