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$625,000 Quality Road Colt Leads Buoyant Monday at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

September 16, 2019

Spirited bidding continued to yield positive results on Monday as Keeneland closed the seventh day of its September Yearling Sale. Leading the session was the sale of a colt by Quality Road for $625,000 to Team Casse.

Keeneland sold 268 yearlings today for $26,756,500, for an average of $99,838 and a median of $73,500. Through Day 7 of the 13-day auction, Keeneland has sold 1,309 yearlings for $314,829,500, for an average of $240,511 and a median of $170,000.

KatieRich Farms consigned the session-topper, a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Nootka Sound. Out of stakes winner Miss Red Delicious, by Empire Maker, the colt is from the family of multiple Grade 3 winner Lady Apple.

“(The colt) really presented himself well and looked the part,” buyer Justin Casse said. “He’s a Quality Road, and we’re in Book 3, so the pedigree is going to stick out. It’s a nice, active female family, and he’s by one of the best sires in the world. And he came from a good farm. I think he’ll be a beautiful horse once he gets into training.”

A Tiznow colt who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Girvin and Grade 3 winner Cocked and Loaded sold for $525,000 to Winchell Thoroughbreds. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, he is out of the Malibu Moon mare Catch the Moon.

Ben Glass, agent, paid $500,000 for a son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah out of the winning A.P. Indy mare You Make Luvin Fun. He is from the family of Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Believe You Can. 

The American Pharoah colt was consigned by Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm, which sold three of the day’s highest-priced horses. Mt. Brilliant also consigned a colt by Uncle Mo who sold for $380,000 to Red Oak Farm and Newtown Anner Stud and a Malibu Moon filly purchased by Mike Ryan, agent, for $320,000. Both yearlings are from the family of 2019 Alabama (G1) and Mother Goose (G2) winner Dunbar Road and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Secret Status.

Mike Ryan, agent, was the session’s leading buyer, purchasing six yearlings for $1,070,000.

A filly from the first crop of champion and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist brought a final bid of $425,000 from J. C. M. The filly is out of the Yes It’s True mare Is It Safe, a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Justin Phillip and Greenpointcrusader, Grade 2 winner Keyed Entry and Grade 3 winners Successful Mission and Algorithms. She was consigned by Candy Meadows Sales, agent.  

Speedway Stable paid $425,000 for a Bernardini colt who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner La Coronel. Consigned by Nardelli Stales, agent, he is out of the Chester House mare Listen from the family of Grade 1 winner Listening and Grade 2 winners Listen Here, Beautiful Noise and Linda.

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt went to $360,000 to purchase a colt from the first crop of champion Runhappy who is a half-brother to 2019 Amsterdam (G2) winner and H. Allen Jerkens (G1) third-place finisher Shancelot. James B. Keogh (Grovendale), agent, consigned the colt, who is out of stakes winner True Kiss, by Is It True.

Jay Em Ess paid $350,000 for a Twirling Candy colt consigned by Hinkle Farms. Out of the winning Hennessy mare Stockings, he is from the family of Grade 2 winner Jade Flush.

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the day’s leading consignor by gross, selling 37 yearlings for $2,471,000.

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

The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.