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

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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