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Market Shows Strength on Sunday at Keeneland September Yearling Sale 

September 18, 2022

Momentum continued to power healthy results on Sunday at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, headlined by the purchase of a colt from the first crop of Audible for $725,000 by Flurry Racing Stables, as Keeneland reached the midpoint of the 12-day auction. 

To date, 1,242 horses have sold through the ring for $327,909,500. The total is 17.58 percent above the $278,883,000 grossed for 1,169 yearlings sold through the ring during the same period last year. The average of $264,017 is 10.67 percent higher than $238,565 from the corresponding time in 2021, and the median of $200,000 is 11.11 percent above $180,000. 

On Sunday, Keeneland sold 286 yearlings through the ring for $40,172,000, an increase of 20.06 percent from last year’s $33,461,000 when 280 horses sold. The average of $140,462 is up 17.54 percent from $119,504 in 2021, while the media rose 25.71 percent from $87,500 to $110,000. 

Paramount Sales, agent, consigned today’s session-topping Audible colt, who is out of the winning Kafwain mare Oh Boo Hoo. He is from the family of stakes winners Haitian Vacation, Threefiveindia, Hero’s Amor and Ex Pirate.

With sales of $4,404,000 for 24 yearlings, Paramount was the day’s leading consignor.

Jim and Dana Bernhard’s Lynnhaven Racing paid $650,000 for a colt by Into Mischief consigned by Four Star Sales, agent. A full brother to Grade 3 winner Comical, he is out of the stakes-placed Tiznow mare Kayce Ace, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Colonel John. 

SGV, agent for Repole and Vekoma LLC, paid $575,000 for a Munnings filly from the family of champion Escena. Consigned by Grovendale Sales, agent, she is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Oh Carole. 

Muir Hut Stables purchased a colt from the first crop of Mitole for $550,000. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, he is out of stakes winner Namaste’s Wish, by Pulpit, and from the family of Grade/Group 1 winners Purge, Jersey Girl, Jersey Town and Mozu Superflare.

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys paid $500,000 for a colt by Gun Runner consigned by Hidden Brook, agent. Out of the winning Broken Vow mare Wedding Jitters, he is from the family of Grade 2 winner Skipshot and Grade 3 winner Skip Code.

Two yearlings brought $475,000 each.

Repole/Spendthrift Farm paid the amount for a son of Candy Ride (ARG) who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 2 winner Private Mission and stakes winner Secret Someone. Out of the stakes-winning Unbridled mare Private Gift, he is also from the family of Grade 1 winners Dunbar Road and Secret Status, and multiple Grade 3 winner Alumni Hall. The colt was consigned by Mt. Brilliant Farm. 

Three Amigos went to $475,000 to acquire a colt by City of Light, who is out of Taglia, by Union Rags. Consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent, he is from the family of champion Queena and Grade 1 winners Chic Shirine and Brahms. 

Two yearlings sold for $450,000 each.

Texas Holdings (Jason Taylor) paid $450,000 for a colt by Gun Runner from the family of Grade 2 winners Miss Isella and Sir Cherokee. Out of the Speightstown mare Goforitmrsmiller, he was consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Highclere, Rabanal and Wickes. 

Solis/Litt acquired a filly by Ghostzapper for $450,000 from the consignment of Anderson Farms, agent. Out of the stakes-placed mare American Hat, by Street Cry (IRE), the filly is from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year Wonder Gadot and Grade 1 winners Secret Spice and Hard Not to Love.  

Sunday’s leading buyer was Mike Ryan, agent, who acquired six horses for $1,285,000.