Keeneland September Yearling sale continues amidst pandemic

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale is normally a global event, but this year it looked different to adjust to a global pandemic.

“I think the overall feel, so far, has just been really safety. So people are pretty confident, walking around the ground,” Samantha McGreevy said.

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McGreevy is a Sales Facilitator with Taylor Made Sales Agency.

She said consignors like Taylor Made had to get COVID-19 tests and provide proof it came back negative before entering Keeneland.

And, much like any other place in Kentucky, you’ll see masks, as well as daily screenings at the September Yearling Sale.

“We’re not seeing a trend in less people,” McGreevy said. “I know some people were unable to attend just because of travel restrictions, but the market is still pretty strong if you have a really good horse.”

Mcgreevy says from her perspective there are fewer veterinarians at Keeneland and more using virtual vetting, which was already used pre-pandemic.

“We started video scopes last year when the repository gave us those options and people did use them, but they’re definitely increased this year,” she said.

As well as an increased online presence, Keeneland cut capacity in places, like the sales ring to 40 percent.

Despite fall racing excluding fans, McGreevy says she’s staying positive.

“If anything it’s been really nice to see that people are still here people still want to buy some race horses,” she said.

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