(Keeneland starting gate / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
From the Keeneland Media Team:
Michael Wallace, agent for St. Elias Stables, paid $125,000 for a filly by Lord Nelson, who is a full sister to 2022 Saratoga Special (G2) third-place finisher Super Chow, to lead Friday’s 11th of 12 sessions of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, agent for Spendthrift Farm, the filly is out of Bonita Mia, by Warrior’s Reward. She is from the family of Grade/Group 1 winners Miss Match (G1), Carina Mia and Miss Linda (ARG).
With the purchase, Wallace, agent for St. Elias, was the session’s leading buyer.
With one day remaining in the September Sale, a total of 2,663 yearlings have sold through the ring for $402,977,700, for an average of $151,325 and a median of $80,000. The gross is 14.22 percent higher than the total from last year’s 11-day sale when 2,671 horses sold through the ring for $352,815,500. The average price is up 14.56 percent from $132,091 in 2021, while the median is 23.08 percent above $65,000 last year.
The gross of this year’s sale is a record for a Keeneland auction. The mark officially was passed during Thursday’s 10th day of selling.
On Friday, Keeneland recorded sales of $3,037,700 for 175 yearlings, for an average of $17,358 and a median of $15,000. The total is below the corresponding session in 2021 when 243 horses sold for $3,930,000. This year’s average price increased 7.33 percent from $16,173 in 2021, while the median was 25 percent higher than $12,000 last year.
Canuck Racing Club paid $70,000 for the session’s second high seller, Curlquest, a colt by Exaggerator from the family of champion Blind Luck. Consigned by Castle Park Farm (Noel Murphy), agent, he is out of I’m the Reason, by Bernardini.
A colt by Karakontie (JPN) consigned by Lane’s End, agent, sold to MC Bloodstock for $62,000. Out of the winning Dansili (GB) mare Shall We (IRE), he is from the family of Group 1 winner Dolphin Street and Group 2 winner Insight (FR).
Nicola Barron purchased a colt by Mor Spirit from Elm Tree Farm (Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay), agent, for $52,000. A half-brother to stakes winner Dirty Dangle, he is from the family of Grade 3 winner Pataky Kid.
Consigned by Castle Park Farm (Noel Murphy), agent, a colt by Goldencents sold to K.O.I.D. for $50,000. Out of the Tale of the Cat mare Abounding Love, he is from the family of Grade 2 winner Sweet Vendetta.
The session’s leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 20 horses for $413,500.
The 12th and final session of September Sale begins Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com.
Keeneland will feature $1 hot dogs and beer in the Pavilion Bar and Terrace Bar.