Keeneland Yearling Sale: Buyers seek next Justify at 'Superbowl' of auctions

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    • Triple Crown winner Justify sold at Keeneland in 2016 for $500,000
    • Horses have a "speed gene" which predicts whether they are better suited to short, middle or long distance racing

    (CNN)It's known as the "Superbowl" of horse sales, but instead of helmeted hardmen it is royals and millionaires who lock horns at Keeneland to snap up the next Triple Crown winner.

    The Keeneland Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky is the world's largest thoroughbred auction for young horses, and it attracts the cream of the racing world looking to add to their equine armory.
      Its reputation continues to grow after Justify, which sold for $500,000 in 2016, clinched the 2018 Triple Crown -- an impressive buy, given the colt's value skyrocketed to more than $60 million after his win at Belmont Park earlier this year.