Keeneland September Yearling Sale Update: Outwork Colt Brings $220,000 on Wednesday

From the Keeneland Media Team:

The lively atmosphere at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale continued Wednesday on the ninth day of the auction, which was highlighted by the sale of a colt from the first crop of Outwork to Charles Marquis for $220,000.

Keeneland sold 290 yearlings today for $12,880,500, for an average of $44,416 and a median of $35,000.

Cumulatively, gross sales are $343,173,700 for 1,872 yearlings, for an average of $183,319 and a median of $100,000.

The session-topper is out of the Lookin At Lucky mare Westside Tapstress and from the family of Grade 2 winner Informed and Grade 3 winner Discreet Hero. He was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent, which led all consignors by gross sales, selling 15 yearlings for $965,000.

A colt by Dialed In from the family of Grade 2 winner Gimme Da Lute sold for $205,000 to Federico Barberini, agent. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, he is out of the winning Stormin Fever mare Casino Fever.

R.A. Hill/Oracle Bloodstock, agent, paid $190,000 for a filly by Constitution from the family of Grade 1-placed Silver Swallow. VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent, consigned the daughter of Samantha Dillon, by Unbridled’s Song.

The session’s leading buyer was Lauren Carlisle, agent, who paid $340,000 for three yearlings.

The September Sale continues through Sunday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

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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