Hip 3278, bred by Chance Farm , a chestnut filly by Street Boss, out of Delta Weekend by Jump Start, consigned by Burleson Farms. (Tabor & Judit Photo/VTA/Facebook)

(KEENELAND) Strong demand for Thoroughbred yearlings from the world’s largest buying bench continued Wednesday during the ninth session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, once again driving double-digit gains in gross, average and median prices.

On Wednesday, 311 yearlings were sold for $11,179,500, marking a 36.8 percent increase over the gross of $8,169,500 from the corresponding session last year. The average of $35,947 was 32.8 percent higher than the average of $27,051 recorded in 2012. The median of $27,000 rose 35 percent above last year’s $20,000.

Cumulatively, a total of 2,022 yearlings have been sold for $264,436,500, up 23.5 percent from last year’s total of $213,980,500. The average of $130,780 is up 31.1 percent from $99,758, while the median of $77,000 is 40 percent higher than $55,000 last year.

“The clearance rate today was 88 percent, which is phenomenal,” said Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell.

Cromwell Bloodstock, agent, paid $185,000 for the session’s top-priced horse, a colt by Kitten’s Joy out of the winning Stephen Got Even mare Esther Got Even. He was consigned by Dromoland Farm Inc, agent.

The highest-priced filly of the day was a daughter of Ghostzapper sold to Bob Baffert, agent, for $140,000. Adena Springs consigned the filly, who is out of the stakes-placed Cozzene mare Cozy Gain, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Broad Gains.


2708 Dkb Filly by Not For Love, out of Ritual Dance by Runaway Groom. Eaton Sales, Agent – $12,000 Haras Cerro Punta

2745 Bay Filly by City Zip, out of Smash Review by Bates Motel. Eaton Sales, Agent – $22,000,Mike Puhich

2758 Bay Colt by Artie Schiller, out of Stony Lonesome by Apalachee. Lane’s End, Agent for Smitten Farm – OUT

2789 Gray Colt by Macho Uno, out of Tripped by Distorted Humor. Lane’s End, Agent for Smitten Farm – $20,000, J.C. Farm

2830 Bay Colt by After Market, out of Arch Lady by Arch. Lane’s End, Agent – $27,000, Naska



3026 Chestnut Colt by Sky Mesa, out of Night Breeze by Two Punch. Dapple Stud, Agent for Lazy Lane Farms LLC – OUT

3096 Bay Colt by Birdstone, out of Silent Greeting by Secret Hello. Dapple Stud, Agent for Lazy Lane Farms LLC – OUT

3278 Chestnut Colt by Street Boss, out of Delta Weekend by Jump Start. Burleson Farms, Agent


  1. Hi Glen Thank you for these updates. Would be interesting to do an analysis of “Profitability” as I have seen – in these last sessions – some good stallions, and wonder if their stud fees are being repaid with a net profit or not. Your thoughts?

    Best, David

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