Lexington, KY (January 9, 2009) – Keeneland kicks off its 2009 sale season on Monday with its January Horses of All Ages Sale.

The six-day auction, which runs January 12-17, will feature the sale of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, offered in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper. Azeri is one of only six fillies ever to win Horse of the Year honors, and the only female to earn three Eclipse Awards as champion older mare (2002, 2003 and 2004).

John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency will consign the 11-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter for the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust.

Also cataloged is multiple Grade 1 winner Island Fashion, in foal to Storm Cat, consigned by Pope McLean (Crestwood Farm), as agent for Everest Stable (Reduction Phase 1).

“The January Sale offers exciting opportunities for buyers, whatever their interest,” said Tom Thornbury, Keeneland’s Associate Director of Sales. “This year, besides stars like Azeri and Island Fashion, we’ve cataloged more than 500 horses of racing age, a wide variety of yearlings by hot sires, and numerous stallion prospects. The January Sale features quality stock to fit any price range.”

Keeneland has cataloged a total of 2,379 horses for the January Sale, including 986 broodmares, 834 yearlings, 543 horses of racing age and 16 stallions.

Broodmares in-foal to such leading sires as Afleet Alex, Any Given Saturday, Aragorn (IRE), Arch, Awesome Again, Bernardini, Bernstein, Bluegrass Cat, Distorted Humor, Dynaformer, Elusive Quality, Forestry, Ghostzapper, Giant’s Causeway, Gone West, Hard Spun, Henny Hughes, Lion Heart, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, Mineshaft, Mr. Greeley, Rock Hard Ten, Rockport Harbor, Seeking the Gold, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Sense, Tapit, and Tiznow, among others, will be offered.

Also cataloged in January are horses of racing age representing such prominent stallions as Afleet Alex, Aragorn (IRE), Arch, Awesome Again, Bernstein, Bluegrass Cat, Candy Ride (ARG), Cherokee Run, El Corredor, Elusive Quality, Empire Maker, First Samurai, Forestry, Ghostzapper, Giant’s Causeway, Gone West, Harlan’s Holiday, Henny Hughes, Lemon Drop Kid, Lion Heart, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, Mineshaft, More Than Ready, Proud Citizen, Rock Hard Ten, Rockport Harbor, Sky Mesa, Smart Strike, Smarty Jones, Street Cry (IRE), Tapit, and Tiznow, among others.

Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale will be streamed live at Keeneland.com. A PDF version of the catalog also is available on Keeneland’s website.