VA-BRED: HIp 747 Colt by Congrats, out of Cat Alert by Tabasco Cat. Select Sales, Agent. Bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm ($40,000 weanling)

(Keeneland) The third session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale saw the continuation of a bullish market headlined by the sale of five seven-figure yearlings, led by the $2.2 million paid for a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Take Charge Indy and Will Take Charge, winner of the 2013 Travers (G1).

The amount for the Indian Charlie filly, who is a daughter of four-time Keeneland stakes winner Take Charge Lady, is the highest price paid for a yearling at the September Sale since 2010. During the sale’s first three sessions, held Monday through Wednesday, 13 yearlings have been sold for $1 million or more, the most since 2008 when 18 seven-figure horses were sold.

On Wednesday, 135 yearlings sold for $41,890,000, for an average of $310,296 and a median of $240,000.  Keeneland reformatted the September Sale this year, expanding Book 1 to comprise the first four sessions of the sale. As a result, there are no comparable session figures for 2012.

Through the first three sessions, a total of 404 yearlings have brought $111,511,000, for an average of $276,017, and a median of $200,000.

Top Prices:

Hip 541, a filly by Indian Charlie out of multiple G1 winner Take Charge Lady, brought the winning bid of $2.2 million from Mandy Pope. The filly is also a half sister to another Grade 1 winner, Take Charge Indy.

The fireworks began early, with Hip 446 bringing a final bid of $1.75M from Torrealba Holdings. A filly by Tiznow out of champion Silken Cat (by Storm Cat), she is a half sister to champion Speightstown.

Hip 496, a son of Galileo out of Starlight Dreams (by Black Tie Affair), brought $1.4 million. Consigned by Woods Edge Farm, the colt is a half brother to Irish champion and multiple Group 1 winner, Mastercraftsman, and was purchased by M.V. Magnier.

A few hips later, Hip 515, a gray/roan colt by Tapit out of Successful Outlook (by Orientate) attracted $1,550,000. Consigned by Gainesway, the colt is a half brother to Sweet Lulu, winner of the G1 Test Stakes and was purchased by Nat Rea’s Regis Farm in partnership with Stonestreet Stables.

Hip 523, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro out of Supercharger sold for $1,700,000 a few minutes later. The half brother to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver from the female family of champion Rhythm and Grade 1 winner Girolamo, was purchased by Spendthrift Farm and Stonestreet Stable in partnership.


606 Filly by Malibu Moon, out of What Time It Is by Partner’s Hero. Betz Thoroughbreds, Inc., Agent. – RNA ($70,000)


747 Colt by Congrats, out of Cat Alert by Tabasco Cat. Select Sales, Agent. Bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm ($40,000 weanling)

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