(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.
VIRGINIA-BREDS SOLD WEDNESDAY, SEPT 18
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
VIRGINIA-BRED ENTRIES, THURSDAY, SEPT 19
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