On Tuesday, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale recorded a new top-priced horse when a colt by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Hooh Why sold to J.J. Crupi, agent for Crupi’s New Castle Farm, for $1.2 million.
The amount paid for the colt (left), consigned by Bacccari Bloodstock, agent, exceeded the $1 million that Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier spent during Monday’s opening session for a Medaglia d’Oro colt.
Through the first two days of the sale, the average of $319,339 is up 6.44 percent from last year’s $300,024, while the median has jumped 12 percent, from $250,000 to $280,000.
Former Ky. Gov. Brereton C. Jones and his Airdrie Stud, agent, had a thrilling day Tuesday when they sold two colts – one by Tapit and another by War Front – for $900,000 apiece. The two were the co-second high sellers of the day.
The son of Tapit, the first foal out of Jones’ homebred 2012 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner, Believe You Can, sold to William Mack and Robert Baker.
Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm, a leading Japanese Thoroughbred breeding operation, bought the War Front colt, who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winners Include Me Out and Check the Label and stakes winner On the Menu.
Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 227 yearlings for $72,490,000, down 17.26 percent from the comparable period last year when a total of 292 horses brought $87,607,000.