Steady trade during Monday’s seventh session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale was headlined by a colt by Good Magic from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Pioneerof the Nile that sold for $700,000 to Donato Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket.
A total of 306 yearlings sold through the ring during the session for $24,681,500, for an average of $80,658 and a median of $65,000. The total is 10.39% below the $27,544,000 from the corresponding session in 2022 when 314 horses sold. The average dipped 8.05% from $87,720 in 2022, and the median is 3.70% under last year’s $67,500.
Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,505 yearlings for $344,546,500, 3.07% lower than the $355,453,500 for 1,556 horses sold during the same period last year. The average of $228,935 is slightly above $228,441 from 2022, and the median of $150,000 is 6.25% below last year’s $160,000.
The session topper, who is out of the Bernardini mare Beauty Buzz, was consigned by Gainesway, agent. Gainesway led all consignors Monday with sales of $3,715,000 for 30 yearlings.
At $700,000, the colt is the highest-priced yearling to sell in the seventh session since 2015.
Albaugh Family Stables/Donegal Racing paid $340,000 for a colt by Ghostzapper from the family of Preakness (G1) winner and sire Shackleford, Grade 1 winner Lady Joanne, Grade 2 winner Afleeting Lady and Grade 3 winner Baghdaria. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa, agent, he is out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Cheery Oats.
Flurry Racing Stables paid $300,000 for a filly by Omaha Beach from the family of Grade 1 winner Adieu. Out of the wining Smart Strike mare Thepartyneverends, she was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.
A colt from the first crop of champion Maximum Security sold to Ben Glass, agent, for $285,000. From the family of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner and sire Hootenanny, he is out of the Galileo (IRE) mare Shadow Play. Lane’s End, agent, consigned the colt.
Kenneth McPeek, agent, purchased a colt from the first crop of champion Game Winner and from the family of Grade 1 winner Varda. Consigned by Woods Edge Farm (Peter O’Callaghan), agent, he is the first foal out of the winning Haynesfield mare Haynesfest and also from the family of Danse Macabre, a Grade 3 winner in 2023.
Kenneth McPeek, agent, was the day’s leading buyer, spending $800,000 for six yearlings