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Vibrant Trade Continues In Keeneland September Book Three


By Blood-Horse Staff | 18.09.2017

The positive energy from week one of the Keeneland September yearling sale carried forward, as the sale resumed on saturday following a one-day break and the session was topped by the sale of a colt by Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) for US$525,000 to Steve Young.

The positive energy from week one of the Keeneland September yearling sale carried forward, as the sale resumed on saturday following a one-day break and the session was topped by the sale of a colt by Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) for US$525,000 to Steve Young.

Keeneland sold 253 yearlings for US$31,392,500 Saturday, for an average of US$124,081 and a median of US$100,000.

Through the first five days of the 12-day sale, Keeneland has sold 934 yearlings for US$228,037,500, for an average of US$244,151, and a median of US$172,500.

“Today’s session started off very quickly and successfully, and that energy went all the way through day’s end,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales operations. “The prices were very fair and the bidding was quite spirited at times. People are still hungry to buy.

“The transition into the next group of buyers has gone very well. We still have some buyers staying over from the first week, and now we are seeing some new fresh faces participating. If a good, special horse entered the ring, there was plenty of money for it.”

Catalogued as Hip 1547,  and consigned by Gainesway, agent, the colt is the first foal out of Bella Fafa (Elusive Quality), from a family of group winners in Brazil.

“He’s a really nice horse,” said Young, who purchased the colt for an undisclosed client. “I thought he was a Book One horse. He cost about what we thought he would. (It seemed like) everyone in the pavilion bid on him once. (Bidding) is very competitive for good horses. Whether you lead them up there in the first 100 hips or (later in the sale), there is money if it is a really good horse.”

The session’s highest-priced filly was a daughter of Trappe Shot (Tapit) sold to Ron Winchell’s Winchell Thoroughbreds for US$480,000. Consigned by Elm Tree Farm, she is a half sister to stakes winner Mr Palmer, from the family of grade 1 winners Behrens and Commentator. Catalogued as Hip 1276,  her dam, In Truth, is by Quiet American (Fappiano).

Elm Tree Farm, agent, also consigned a colt by First Samurai out of stakes winner Coastal Sunrise (Congrats), which was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss for US$475,000. Catalogued as Hip 1586,  he is from the family of Grade Two winner Ruler’s Court (Doneraile Court), as well as Grade Three winners Wall Street Wonder (City Place) and Wise River (Belong to Me).

Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding paid US$460,000 for a colt by Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat) consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent. Catalogued as Hip 1298,  he is the first foal out of the Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) mare La Quintessa, a half sister to Grade One winner Mi Sueno (Pulpit). La Quintessa and Mi Sueno are out of grade 1-winning millionaire Madcap Escapade (Hennessy).

“He really stood out as a good-walking, athletic horse,” said Frances Relihan, Aboughazale’s bloodstock manager. “We are trying to buy good physical specimens that move well. We thought we might have been able to get him at a little bit of a lower price, but with his physical he really stood out. We had to push a little bit to get him but we wanted him.”

Mike Ryan, agent, was the leading buyer Saturday. He spent US$3,350,000 for 16 horses.

Gainesway sold 21 yearlings for US$4,140,000 to be the day’s leading consignor.

Sale Results

Catalogued: 413

Offered: 363

Sold: 253

Aggregate: US$31,392,500

Average: US$124,081

Median: US$100,000

Top Lot: US$525,000


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