Keeneland modifying September sale

Keeneland announced Wednesday it will make several adjustments to the format of its 2011 September yearling sale.

The announcement follows an overhaul of the sale last year that saw Keeneland limit its select sessions to 200 yearlings over two days and sell Book 2 horses Tuesday through Friday. The results were ultimately positive as the sale posted across-the-board gains, despite the depressed marketplace.

This year will see Book 1 remain unchanged with the 200 horses selling Sunday and Monday during night sessions beginning at 7 p.m. However, the Book 2 portion of the catalog has been trimmed and will now consist of about 900 horses selling Tuesday through Thursday in sessions beginning at 11 a.m.

The off day, which was moved to Saturday in 2010, is back to its usual spot on Friday. Selling will then resume with Book 3 on Saturday with sessions starting at 10 a.m. for the remainder of the sale.

Noting the successes last year, "these alterations reflect a 'fine-tuning' of that format in an effort to help consignors and buyers better navigate the first week, and to further encourage buyers to stay deeper into the sale," Walt Robertson, Keeneland's vice president of sales, said in a statement.