September experience guide

Welcome to Keeneland

We are excited to welcome you to Lexington, the horse capital of the world, for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale! 

Last year we witnessed the unprecedented momentum and magic of the highest grossing auction in Keeneland history. And this year, when the eyes of the Thoroughbred industry descend upon Keeneland once more - it all begins again.

If you have any questions as you prepare to join us, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone from the Keeneland team. 

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to Keeneland and to our industry, and we look forward to seeing you on the grounds. Welcome—or welcome back—to the World's Yearling Sale.

Shannon B. Arvin, President & CEO

Tony Lacy, Vice President of Sales

2023 Sale Schedule

Book 1 Previews | Friday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 10

Book 1 | Monday, Sept. 11 – Tuesday, Sept. 12 I Sessions begin at 1:00 PM

Book 2 | Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Thursday, Sept. 14 | Sessions begin at 11 AM

Dark Day | Friday, Sept. 15

Sale Continues through Saturday, Sept. 23 | Sessions begin at 10 AM

people dining at Keeneland

Plan Your Time in Lexington

Horsemen Concierge Services

Whether you’re staying for two days or twelve, we’re more than happy to help you experience all that the Bluegrass has to offer. Feel free to reach out to our Horsemen Hospitality team for recommendations on accommodations, dining, and more.

Dining in Lexington


Our friends at VisitLEX are another great resource for tips on how to make the most of your trip, including helpful information on local attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and events happening in Lexington during the month of September.

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Food and Drink

Sales Pavilion Dining 

Browse our interactive map for menus, hours, and detailed information on the Sales Pavilion dining options available during the September Sale.

Table at Keeneland Track Kitchen

Track Kitchen

Open for breakfast and lunch, with both dine-in and to-go options available. 

Preview Days | 5:00 AM - 4:00PM

Sale Days | 5:00 AM - 4:00PM

PATH Water Bottles 

Keeneland has partnered with PATH to provide our guests with complimentary aluminum water bottles during the September Sale. Bottles will be available at all bars, the concierge desk and in the business center, and can be refilled at stations throughout the Sales Pavilion. 

Complimentary Beverages

Tin Can Roaster is located at Barn 23 and coffee is available from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Holding Ring has coffee from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Limestone Café has coffee and other warm beverages all day.


Fall Celebrations

Party in the Paddock

The annual Party in the Paddock is the perfect way to celebrate the first week of the September Sale. Join us in the picturesque Keeneland Paddock to enjoy complimentary cocktails and barbeque prepared by Keeneland Hospitality.

Friday, Sept. 15 | Dark Day  | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Thursday Night Live

Every Thursday night, downtown Lexington lights up with live music, beverages and food. Make your way over to the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion to celebrate the September Sale here in Lexington.

Thursday, Sept. 7 & Thursday, Sept. 14 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Bluegrass International Polo

Celebrate the kickoff of the September Yearling Sale at the Bluegrass International Cup polo event, presented by Keeneland—which benefits both the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Foundation and the Fayette Alliance Foundation.

Friday, Sept. 8 | Match Starts at 5:30 PM

Barbour Rewaxing Event

Look and feel your best this Fall, Keeneland is offering complimentary Barbour rewaxing during week 1 of the September Sale, located outside the Sales Pavilion inside the Brick Patio tent. Browse the new fall Barbour collection at The Keeneland Shop, open throughout the sale.

Monday, Sept. 11 – Thursday, Sept. 14 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Brick Patio Tent

Sporting Art Auction

An inspired collaboration between Keeneland and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting, the 11th Annual Sporting Art Auction will take place following the November Breeding Stock and Horses of Racing Age Sales. This year’s pieces will be on display in the Sales Pavilion during the September Sale.

Saturday, Nov. 18 |12:00 PM

john deere gator

Keeneland Sales Gator

In partnership with John Deere, look out for the Keeneland Sales Gators delivering daily surprises and complimentary water throughout the sale.


Additional Services

Golf Cart Services

Complimentary golf cart shuttles will be available throughout the grounds during the September Sale.


Complimentary Service Shuttles 

Preview Days 

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sale Days

7:00 AM - 30 Minutes
After End of Sale

Valet Parking

Complimentary valet parking is available in Row 1 directly in front of the Sales Pavilion.

Preview Days 

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sale Days

7:00 AM - 30 Minutes
After End of Sale

Private Meeting Spaces

Our private meeting spaces are available upon request. Please reach out to the Business Center to make a reservation. 

To reserve a time, call 859-288-4356

Internet Access and Business Services

Wi-Fi is available on the grounds through the "KEENELAND GUEST" network. Complimentary business services such as charging stations, computers and printers are available in the Business Center, which is located in the Sales Pavilion.

Airport Transportation

Keeneland provides complimentary transportation to Bluegrass Airport and Signature Aviation
(formerly TAC Air).

To reserve a time, call 859-288-4356

Meet Our Sales Team

Our dedicated, talented, and friendly staff are eager to help ensure that you have the best Sales experience possible.