Ed Anthony, Shortleaf Stable, which on Tuesday bought one yearling for $225,000: “We only have one homebred yearling colt this year, so we need to add more to the racing stable. It is always difficult to buy a good horse that jumps through all the hoops. We have a whole team of people here who have to pass the horse before we bid. It is always tough to get a horse on our (final) list.”
David Ingordo, agent, who bought one yearling for $525,000 on Monday: “Keeneland is the world’s market, and if you are not buying here you are not going to have success. It should be mandatory for anyone buying horses to be here. If you are not at Keeneland September, you are going to miss opportunities. Whether it is the first day of Book 1 or the last day of Book 6, there are good horses at every level.”
George Isaacs, general manager of Bridlewood Farm, which on Tuesday bought the filly by Medaglia d’Oro who is a half-sister to 2016 Travers (G1) winner Arrogate for $300,000: “The ‘new’ Bridlewood Farm is building our program horse by horse. We are buying (fillies to eventually join the broodmare band) but we are also buying horses to pinhook to add inventory for the commercial side. Keeneland September has a lot of well-bred and well-raised horses and that is why we are here.”
Jeanne Mayberry, agent, whose Mayberry Farm on Tuesday purchased four horses for $1.39 million: “We love coming here every year and buying yearlings. We have bought some very nice-looking horses so far. I think it is a bit of a buyers’ market right now, which is great for us. All the horses we have bought are beautiful and fairly priced. We are looking forward to seeing them win a lot of races.”
Franklin Smith, agent: “We came to buy some top-end horses in the first few days of the sale. My clients bought a couple of colts that we really like, and we have more coming up that we think we have a good shot of getting. The market is firm; it is holding up well. Overall I think it is going to be a very good sale. I will be here pretty much through the whole sale. We hope to get everybody what they are looking for.”
Gayle Van Leer, agent, who bought one yearling on Tuesday for $150,000: “I like what I have seen so far. I am ready to dive into Book 2 and Book 3 (and beyond) and keep going to see what we come up with. “
Ron Winchell of Winchell Thoroughbreds, which has purchased five yearlings for $1.19 million during the sale’s first two sessions and is part-owner of the sale’s leading sire, Tapit: “When you’re selling them, it seems like they never bring as much as you want. When you’re buying them, they always seem to cost more than you thought they would.
“(Tapit) is the backbone of our operation. This is the sale where we have (so many offspring of) Tapit, so that pretty much sums up its importance to us.”
Twenty-one yearlings by Tapit, who stands at Gainesway, have sold for a grand sum of $11,935,000 and an average of $568,333.