As someone who look forwards to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale as much (or more?) than the Kentucky Derby, it was quite a treat to be able to attend and see the action in person.
A Thoroughbred auction is sights, sounds and numbers. Lots of numbers. And many of those numbers directly correlated with what we are currently studying in ACBS 444- Development and Management of Racing Animals. A project that we worked on prior to coming to Keeneland involved researching specific stallions’ fees and auction averages, and at Keeneland, those figures came to life. By doing that project research we had a better understanding of the prices that yearlings were bringing and why. Of course, we also enjoyed guessing how much particular yearlings we liked would sell for.
While at Keeneland, we had the pleasure of meeting with RTIP alumni Kathy Berkey as she was preparing yearlings for consignment. Seeing the behind-the-scenes, from showing the yearling to potential buyers and setting a reserve, to the aftermath, when the yearling sold, and sold well, was exciting and informative.