Keeneland September Yearling Sale Update: Book 5 Off to a Great Start

(Keeneland Sales Catalogues are now on the last day of Book 5 / Photo by Gene McLean)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale continued to produce healthy results on Thursday as Cromwell Bloodstock became the session’s leading buyer with the single purchase of a colt by Maclean’s Music for $300,000.

Eaton Sales, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Indian Charlie mare Woodford County and from the family of champion Queen of the Stage and Grade 1 winners Seeking the Gold and Fast Play.

On Thursday, Keeneland sold 305 horses for $8,827,600, for an average of $28,943 and a median of $20,000.

Cumulatively, 2,177 yearlings have grossed $352,001,300, for an average of $161,691 and a median of $80,000.

Solis/Litt paid $200,000 for a colt by Constitution out of stakes winner Cougarstown, by Speightstown. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, he is a half-brother to stakes winner Elevenses and from the family of Grade 2 winner and sire Diablo.

Mike Ryan, agent, went to $145,000 for a son of Palace Malice who is a half-brother to stakes-placed Flight Deck and Justleaveitalone. Out of the El Prado (IRE) mare Oval Cut, the colt is from the family of Canadian champions Catch the Ring and Catch the Thrill. He was consigned by Keith Lancaster, agent.

Gainesway was the session’s leading consignor by total sales with $1,342,000 for 30 yearlings.

The September Sale continues through Sunday with all sessions starting 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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