Keeneland September Sales Update: Wednesday Another Strong Day

From the Media Team at Keeneland:

Spirited trade fueled significant increases in gross sales, average and median prices on Wednesday at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, powered by the sale of a colt by Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver for $370,000 to Alex and JoAnn Lieblong.

Keeneland sold 283 yearlings today for $13,354,600, a 51.08 percent increase from the $8,839,600 recorded in the same session in 2017. The average of $47,189 rose 42 percent from $33,232 last year, while the median of $35,000 is up 40 percent from $25,000 in 2017.

Through nine sessions of the 13-day auction, Keeneland has sold 1,987 yearlings for $359,245,200, an increase of 20.67 percent from $297,708,600 for the corresponding period last year. The average rose 21.82 percent from $148,409 to $180,798, while the median of $100,000 is up 17.65 percent from $85,000 in 2017.

Darby Dan Farm, agent, consigned Wednesday’s session-topper, who is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Welcome Guest and from the family of Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Unbridled Elaine.

Sallusto and Albina, agents, paid $360,000 for the second high-seller, a filly by Into Mischief who is a half-sister to stakes winner Tea Time and from the family of the 2-year-old Into Mischief filly Covfefe, an impressive winner of her Sept. 16 career debut at Churchill Downs. Gainesway, agent, consigned the filly, whose dam is the Empire Maker mare Asian Empress, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Acoma and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Arch.

Gainesway was the day’s leading consignor, selling 23 yearlings for $1,504,000.

Red Wings topped all buyers for the session, purchasing five horses for $469,000.

The September Sale continues through Sunday with all sessions beginning 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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