A colt by War Front became the most expensive Thoroughbred yearling to sell at public auction anywhere in the world this year when he commanded $2.4 million from M.V. Magnier during today’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned the colt out of Grade 1 winner Streaming and from the family of champion Rags to Riches.
The amount is the highest price paid for a Thoroughbred yearling sold at public auction this year.
The September Sale has sold a total of eight yearlings for $1 million or more today.
A War Front filly who is a half-sister to champion and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist sold for $1.75 million to trainer John Gosden She was consigned by Hinkle Farms.
Secret Agent, a colt by Uncle Mo, sold for $1.4 million to Mike Ryan, agent. Out of the Street Cry (IRE) mare Secret, he was consigned by Bridie Harrison, agent for Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds.
Van-Meter Gentry Sales, agent, consigned an Empire Maker colt sold to Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $1.35 million. A half-brother to Grade 2 winner Conquest Big E and stakes winner Aquapazza, he is out of the Carson City mare Seeinsbelieven.
A colt by War Front consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent, sold to Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. for $1.2 million. The colt is out of the Lookin At Lucky mare Pin Up (IRE), who is from the family of Irish highweights Yesterday (IRE) and Quarter Moon (IRE).
Sold for $1.2 million to M.V. Magnier was a filly by American Pharoah who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Cupid; Grade 3 winners Heart Ashley and Ashley’s Kitty; stakes winner Indianapoli; and the filly that commanded $2.7 million to top the 2017 September Sale. The yearling was consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent. Magnier bought Cupid and the 2017 sale-topper at the September Sale.
A colt by Curlin out of Stakes winner Stoweshow, by Flatter, sold to Godolphin for $1.3 million. From the family of Grade 1 winner Taris, he was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
The session’s other seven-figure horse is a Pioneerof the Nile colt purchased by Albaugh Family and Spendthrift for $1 million. Consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent for Hardacre Farm, he is out of the Grade 2-winning Pomeroy mare Pomeroys Pistol.