Keeneland September Yearling Sale Update: Buyers Stay Strong

(Keeneland / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Trade continued at a brisk pace on Sunday at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, with the session headlined by the sale of a Quality Road colt for $510,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing.

Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hall, consigned the top-priced yearling, who is a half-brother to Grade 3-placed Stainless. Out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Spring Storm, the colt is from the family of champion Countess Diana.

Keeneland sold 256 horses on Sunday for $30,025,000, for an average of $117,285 and a median of $85,000. Cumulatively, 1,041 yearlings have sold for $288,073,000, for an average of $276,727 and a median of $200,000.

A filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted sold to trainer Kenny McPeek, agent for Walking L, for $500,000. Consigned by Runnymede Farm, agent, she is the first foal of the Scat Daddy mare Dare to Dream, a full sister to UAE Derby (G2) and Juddmonte Royal Lodge (G2) winner Daddy Long Legs.

Two yearlings sold for $410,000 apiece.

SF/Starlight/Madaket paid the amount for a colt by Pioneerof the Nile who is a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle. Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, consigned the colt, who is out of the stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare Ragtime Hope and from the family of Grade 3 winner Really Polish and Alabama Rain.

Hoolie Racing/Travis Durr, agent, went to $410,000 to acquire a filly by Hard Spun who is the first foal of the winning Malibu Moon mare High Heeled Girl. Stonehaven Steadings consigned the filly, who is from the family of Grade 3 winner Sweet Hope.

Two yearlings brought $375,000 each.

Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hill, consigned a filly by Flatter who sold to Empire Thoroughbreds, agent for Kingsport Farm, for the amount. A half-sister to stakes winner Fore Left, the filly is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Simply Sunny and from the family of Grade 3 winner Stylish Star.

White Birch Farm paid $375,000 for a colt by More Than Ready from the family of Grade 2 winner De Bertie and Grade 3 winners Uptown Bertie and Whirlie Bertie. Gainesway, agent, consigned the colt, who is the first foal of the winning Bluegrass Cat mare Dee Dee Bertie.

Gainesway was the session’s leading consignor, selling 24 horses for $4,530,000.

Leading buyer Mike Ryan, agent, purchased five yearlings for $1,415,000.

The September Sale continues through Sunday, Sept. 22, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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