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Get behind the scenes of the Keeneland September Sale

Horse Country, in partnership with Keeneland,  is pleased to  offer guests an opportunity to experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house including dedicated guided tour time with real consignors and agents! You can't get this access anywhere else! Be sure to book your visit before this unique opportunity is sold out! 

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If you've never experienced a thoroughbred sale, here are just a few things you might see behind the scenes!

1. The Inside Scoop

In addition to guided visits throughout the grounds including the Keeneland Grandstand, picturesque Paddock, world-renowned Keeneland Sales Pavilion complex - where some of Thoroughbred racing’s greatest horses have been sold - you'll actually get to see what the professionals look for and experience the thrill of the sale from the insider's perspective! Horse Country members Darby Dan, Mill Ridge, and Taylor Made will offer a special portion of the tour from consignor and agent perspectives!

2. Future Champions

The Keeneland September Sale has produced more graded stakes winners than all other sales combined. Some of the most incredible thoroughbreds have stepped foot (or hoof) into that hallowed sales ring. As a matter of fact, during the past decade, Keeneland graduates have accounted for more than half of all winners of the Triple Crown classic races! 

3. Familiar Faces

The Keeneland September Sale brings in, not only impressive horses, but some very notable industry members. The industry's most established breeders, trainers, and medical professionals can be found on Keeneland's ground during these hectic two weeks. But remember that these folks are here to get things done, so be sure to give them their space.

4. History Making Moments

During the two weeks in September, the Keeneland Sales Pavilion is electric with the movement and procurement of some of racing's future stars. From the moment the yearling steps into the sales ring to the moment he leaves, potentially million dollar decisions are made. In 2006, one yearling sold for $11.7 million. The year before, a colt went for $9.7 million. It is something you really have to experience for yourself.

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