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Keeneland September Yearling Sale Exceeds 2021 Gross with Five Sessions Remaining

September 19, 2022

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale ended its seventh of 12 sessions on Monday with cumulative sales of $355 million, surpassing total sales of $352 million recorded for last year’s entire 11-day auction. 

The session was headlined by the sale of a colt by Candy Ride (ARG) from the family of Grade 1 winner McKinzie for $600,000 to Talla Racing, Kim Lloyd, agent. 

A total of 314 yearlings sold through the ring on Monday for $27,544,000, for an average of $87,720 and a median of $67,500. The total is slightly above the $27,330,000 from the corresponding session in 2021 when 319 horses sold. The average is up 2.39 percent from $85,674 in 2021, and the median is 12.50 percent above last year’s $60,000.

The bullish market showed no sign of slowing as Monday marked the seventh consecutive day of increases. Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,556 yearlings through the ring for $355,453,500, a 16.08 gain from the $306,213,000 for 1,488 horses sold through the ring during seven sessions last year. The average of $228,441 rose 11.01 percent from $205,788 last year. The median is up 6.67 percent from $150,000 to $160,000.  

Elm Tree Farm (Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay), agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, consigned Monday’s high seller. Out of the Maclean’s Music mare Essentially, the colt also is from the family of Grade 2 winner Runway Model and Grade 3 winners Sea Ditty, Saham and Southern Honey.

Donato Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, paid $485,000 for a colt by Arrogate consigned by Lane’s End, agent. The colt is from the family of Grade 1 winners Secret Status and Dunbar Road as well as Grade 2 winner Private Mission, Grade 3 winner Alumni Hall and Belmont (G1) runner-up Dunkirk. The colt is out of the Courageous Cat mare Secret Ballot.

At $425,000, a colt by Take Charge Indy sold to Maverick Racing and Siena Farm. Out of the Ghostzapper mare Dynamic Doll, he is from the family of Grade 3 winners Lawn Ranger and Georgie’s Angel. The colt was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Maverick Racing and Siena Farm led all buyers by spending $825,000 for three horses.

Justin Casse, agent, went to $410,000 to acquire a colt by Not This Time who is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Du Jour. Consigned by Woods Edge Farm (Peter O’Callaghan), agent, the colt is out of the Bernardini mare Guiltless and from the family of Grade 1 winners and sires Ghostzapper and City Zip. 

Mike Ryan, agent, paid $400,000 for a colt by Omaha Beach. Consigned by Hartwell Farm, agent, he is out of the winning Awesome Again mare Satisfaction and a half-brother to Grade 2-placed Tuggle and stakes-placed Miss Yearwood. The colt is also from the family of champion Heavenly Prize and Grade 1 winners Dancing Forever, Dancing Spree and Instilled Regard. 

The top consignor was Eaton Sales with sales of $2.85 million for 30 horses.