Keeneland Sweeps Past 2017 Totals on Day 3 of January Horses of All Ages Sale

(Runaway Doll at Keeneland January Sale / Courtesy of Keeneland)

It just may be a good year for Keeneland in 2018. At least, it is off to a very good start.

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale reached a milestone Wednesday when gross sales of $31,744,700 through three days of the four-day auction exceeded total sales of $28,785,500 recorded during last year’s entire five-day auction.

The total for 651 horses sold this year is 27.03 percent higher than the corresponding period last year when 581 horses brought $24,989,500. The average of $48,763 rose 13.37 percent from last year’s $43,011, while the median declined 15 percent from $20,000 to $17,000.

On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 236 horses for $3,442,700, for an average of $14,588 and a median of $7,750. Total sales were slightly above last year when 197 horses brought $3,415,900. The session average declined 15.87 percent from last year’s $17,340, while the median was 8.82 percent below $8,500 in 2017.

Springhouse Farm paid $145,000 for the session-topper, Runway Doll, a 4-year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect. Consigned by ELiTE, the filly is out of the Boundary mare French Line and is a half-sister to stakes winner Song Warrior. She is from the family of Grade 2 winner Conquest Panthera and Grade 3 winner Happy Like a Fool.

With the purchase, Springhouse Farm was the session’s leading buyer.

A yearling colt by Violence brought the day’s second-highest price of $130,000 from Summers Street Stable. James M. Herbener Jr., agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the winning Arch mare Ms Arch Stanton. He is from the family of Grade 1 winners Healthy Addiction and My Sweet Addiction.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, sold 46 horses for $669,200 to lead all consignors Wednesday.

The January Sale, which is streamed live at Keeneland.com, concludes Thursday. The session begins at 10 a.m. ET.

 

It’s going to be a real tough race, but we think that we’re ready,” Stewart said. “We’re glad to be in there. It’s a great race to be in and it’s a huge purse. Mr. Fipke is game on taking a shot but I think he has a very nice chance.”

Seeking The Soul also will be Stewart’s first starter at Gulfstream Park since saddling Unforgotten to a seventh-place finish in the Sunshine Millions Distaff in 2010. His last victory at the South Florida oval took place over ten years ago when he saddled Spruce Hero to a win in February 2006.

“It’s been awhile but I’ve spent a lot of time there,” Stewart said. “I worked for (Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne) Lukas there for five years and when I started in 1997 I was there. I think (the track) will be fine for him, I think that he’s tactical and he’ll lay right up there, not too far off of them.”

Dallas Strewart, who will saddle Seeking the Soul in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, as reported by Ryan Martin for the Fair Grounds media team

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