Keeneland September Sale Update: Mucho Macho Man Filly Tops Session

From the Keeneland Media Team:

A filly by Mucho Macho Man sold for $170,000 to lead Friday’s 11th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which realized another session of tremendous growth in gross, average and median.

 

Keeneland sold 287 yearlings Friday for a total of $5,313,000, a 151.57 percent increase from the 11th session last year when 159 horses brought $2,111,900. The average of $18,512 was 39,38 percent above last year’s $13,282, while the median of $11,000 rose 46.67 percent over $7,500 last year. The 11th session in 2017 was next to last for the 12-day sale.

 

Compared to the corresponding period last year, total sales of $373,567,600 for 2,546 horses were 21.93 percent above $306,377,600 for 2,420 horses. The average of $146,731 increased 15.90 percent from $126,602 in 2017. The median of $70,000 is 7.69 percent above last year’s $65,000.

 

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing purchased the session-topping filly, who is out of the winning Awesome Again mare Carolina Sunrise and is a half-sister to stakes winner Reveron. She was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.

 

A colt from the first crop of Secret Circle brought $140,000 from SBM, agent, to be the day’s second-highest priced yearling. Consigned by Select Sales, agent, he is out of the winning Smoke Glacken mare Fantasy Slam and from the family of Canadian champion Choral Group.

 

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s purchase of the session-topper tied it atop the list of the session’s leading buyers with Novogratz Racing Stables, which spent $170,000 for three yearlings.

 

Gainesway was the leading consignor, selling 18 horses for $567,000.

 

Saturday is the penultimate day of the September Sale. Sessions tomorrow and Sunday begin at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED

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