09/01/2011 1:08PM

Keeneland September facts and famous graduates

Barbara D. Livingston
All of this year's Triple Crown winners were purchased at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including Animal Kingdom (above), who won the Kentucky Derby.


Fast facts


When: Sept. 11-24

Where: Keeneland Association sale pavilion, 4201 Versailles Rd., Lexington, Ky., 40510

Phone: (859) 254-3412 or (800) 456-3412

Yearlings: 4,319, down from last year’s 4,857

What’s new: The auction’s two select sessions, cataloged as Book 1, will take place at night instead of the daytime on Sept. 11-12, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. Book 2 comprises 935 horses selling Sept. 13-15 in continuous daily sessions starting at 11 a.m. After a dark day Friday, Sept. 16, the auction resumes with horses selling through Sept. 24 in continuous daily sessions starting at 10 a.m.

Recent history: The 2010 sale reversed a downward trend as yearling supply fell and met curtailed demand better than in recessionary years. In 2010, 3,059 yearlings sold for $198,254,900, up 3 percent from 2009 in spite of the smaller catalog. Average gained 7 percent to $64,810, and median rose 14  percent to $25,000. The sale-topper was a $4.2 million A. P. Indy-Balance colt bought by Besilu Stables from the Mill Ridge agency.

Watch live: Online at www.keeneland.com.

Famous grads

The three classic winners of 2011 were all purchased at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Animal Kingdom
Kentucky Derby
Hip 632
Leroidesanimaux (Brz) – Dalicia (Ger), by Acatenango (Ger)
Price: $100,000 (Team Valor International)

Preakness Stakes
Hip 193
Forestry – Oatsee, by Unbridled
RNA: $275,000 (Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge)

Ruler on Ice
Belmont Stakes
Hip 988
Roman Ruler – Champagne Glow, by Saratoga Six
Price: $100,000 (George and Lori Hall)