Keeneland Sale handlers use subtle touch, become friends with yearlings to keep them under control

With subtle moves honed from their lifelong experience with horses, Keeneland’s ringmen quickly transform exuberant yearlings that enter the sales ring into docile creatures. Their strategy is to become friends with each yearling for the two minutes or so they are together on stage. Ron Hill is one of six men who gently parade Thoroughbreds at Keeneland during the bidding process. At the September...

Gio Ponti filly tops Friday’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale with bid of $115,000 from R 3 Stable

A filly by Gio Ponti sold for $115,000 to John Brocklebank, agent for R 3 Stable, to be the top price during Friday’s penultimate session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. Brocklebank, signing on behalf of R 3 Stable, was the session’s leading buyer, purchasing two horses for $136,000. Keeneland sold 159 yearlings Friday for a total of $2,111,900, for an average of $13,282 and a median...

Gross sales for Keeneland September Yearling Sale soar past $300 million, highest since 2008

With the sale of Hip 3313 during Thursday’s 10th session of the 12-day Keeneland September Yearling Sale, gross sales for the auction exceeded $300 million for the first time since 2008. Thursday marked the final day of Book 5, with 255 yearlings sold for a total of $6,557,100, for an average of $25,714 and a median of $15,000. With two session left in the sale, 2,261 yearlings have grossed $304,265,700,...

Atreides filly nets $175,000, tops ninth session of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Martin Anthony paid $175,000 for a filly from the first crop of Atreides to be the most expensive purchase during Wednesday’s ninth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 266 yearlings for $8,839,600, for an average of $33,232 and a median of $25,000. Cumulatively, 2,006 yearlings have grossed $297,708,600, for an average of $148,409 and a median of $85,000. Consigned by...

The Winning Nod: Keeneland bid spotters have to be on their toes during September Yearling Sale

A bid spotter at Keeneland since 1979, E.C. Larkin Jr. is a fixture at the September Yearling Sale. Standing in the aisles near the sales ring in the Sales Pavilion, he and his colleagues are masters at accepting subtle signals from seated buyers and using a shout and a wave to relay the information to the auctioneer on the stand. Larkin, who is from San Antonio, Texas, is a highly regarded media...

Two yearlings bring $325,000 each to headline solid eighth day at Keeneland’s September Sale

Two yearlings, a filly by Warrior’s Reward and a colt by Stay Thirsty, each sold for $325,000 to headline a solid day of trade during Tuesday’s eighth session of Keeneland’s 12-day September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 285 yearlings for gross sales of $15,571,000, for an average of $54,635 and a median of $40,000. To date, 1,740 yearlings have been sold for $288,869,000, for an average of $166,017...

Keeneland September Yearling Sale exceeds gross totals from 2016 after event’s seventh session

The buoyant pace continued at Keeneland on Monday when gross sales of $273,298,000 through seven sessions of the 12-day September Yearling Sale surpassed total sales of $272,890,500 recorded during last year’s entire 13-day auction. Monday marked the first of the two-day Book 4. Keeneland sold 276 horses for $18,385,000, for an average of $66,612 and a median of $50,000. Cumulatively, Keeneland has...

Half brother to 2017 Saratoga Special winner brings top price of $625,000 at Keeneland Yearling Sale

The market continued to show strength during Sunday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, headlined by the sale of a half-brother to recent Saratoga Special (G2) winner Copper Bullet for $625,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. Sunday’s session-topper, consigned by James M. Herbener Jr., agent, is from the first crop of Verrazano. Out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Allegory, the...

Pioneerof the Nile colt sells for $525,000 to top Saturday action at Keeneland’s September Sale

The positive energy from Week 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale carried forward as the sale resumed Saturday following a one-day break, with competition among leading buyers for top-quality horses spurring strong trade, topped by the sale of a colt by Pioneerof the Nile for $525,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. Keeneland sold 253 yearlings for $31,392,500 on Saturday, for an average of $124,081...

Pair of fillies bring $1 million each on final day of Week 1 at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

The bullish market at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale continued to generate strong trade among a global contingent of buyers on Thursday, producing healthy results and the sale of two fillies for $1 million each. Keeneland sold 198 yearlings for a total of $47,231,000, an average of $238,540 and a median of $175,000 on Thursday, which marked the final day of the premier Week 1 portion of the...

Scat Daddy colt fetches $1.1 million from Coolmore to top third day of Keeneland September Sale

Brisk commerce was the hallmark of business on the third day of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, where spirited bidding among the industry’s major buyers drove prices upward, led by the $1.1 million paid by Coolmore’s M. V. Magnier for a colt from the final crop of the globally successful sire Scat Daddy. The session topper was one of three yearlings that brought $1 million or more Wednesday,...

Scat Daddy colt sells for $950,000 to headline second day of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock paid $950,000 for a colt from the final crop of top sire Scat Daddy to headline a day of robust trade during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 194 yearlings on Tuesday for gross sales of $48,221,000, an average of $248,562, and a median of $200,000. Cumulatively, 289 horses have been sold during the first two sessions for...

Tapit filly brings season-best $2.7 million as Keeneland’s September Yearling sale gets underway

Keeneland’s reformatted Week 1 of the September Yearling Sale produced $8 million-plus horses and fueled significant increases in trade during Monday’s opening premier Book 1. Leading the action was a $2.7 million Tapit filly purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier to be the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the highest-priced filly sold at the September...

Keeneland opens 74th annual September Yearling Sale with revised format, debut of bonus program

For the next two weeks, Keeneland’s 74th annual September Yearling Sale will be the focus of the Thoroughbred industry as major buyers from across the U.S. and around the world select racing prospects representing top breeders and consignors. The 2017 sale features a revised format, highlighted by the debut of the Keeneland September Sale Bonus Program, and begins at 3:00 p.m. Monday. The September...

Premier Book 1 sale of elite yearlings kicks off Keeneland’s 74th annual September Sale Monday

Keeneland begins its 74th annual September Yearling Sale on Monday with a premier Book 1 sale of 167 elite yearlings that starts at 3 p.m. ET. A total of 4,139 yearlings have been cataloged to the September Sale, which will cover 12 sessions through Saturday, Sept. 23. “Globally, the September Sale is the primary source of champions and graded stakes winners year after year,” Keeneland Vice President...

Catalog for 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale available to public online beginning Aug. 8

Keeneland announced the expansion of its lucrative September Sale Bonus Program to include a Sellers Program, which, together with the previously announced Book 1 Bonus, will offer cash rewards to horses sold at the September Yearling Sale that win graded or group stakes. The September Sale Bonus Program begins with graduates of the 2017 September Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23. Officials also confirmed...

Robust upper and middle market fuels successful Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended Sunday with solid results driven by a competitive market and active participation from the world’s deepest buying bench. The sale produced nine yearlings that commanded $1 million or more, led by a Scat Daddy colt sold for $3 million to be the highest-priced horse sold at public auction anywhere in the world this year. During the 13-day auction, held...

Penultimate session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale led by $90,000 colt by First Defence

A colt by First Defence sold to multiple Eclipse Award-winning owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey for $90,000 to top Saturday’s 12th of 13 sessions of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. During the first day of the two-day Book 6 portion of the sale, Keeneland sold 168 yearlings for $1,490,300, just below the 12th and final session of last year’s auction when 170 horses grossed $1,518,800. The average...

Keeneland September Yearling Sale registers solid gains during Friday’s 11th session

Keeneland recorded solid gains during Friday’s 11th session of the September Yearling Sale, highlighted by the sale of a colt from the first crop of Point of Entry for $100,000. On the second and final day of the Book 5 session of the sale, Keeneland sold 262 yearlings for $3,749,400, a 24.28 percent increase from the corresponding session in 2015 when 216 yearlings grossed $3,017,000. The average...

Large crowds, lively bidding highlight ninth day of selling at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

A colt by Majestic Warrior sold for $225,000 to lead a day of strong commerce Wednesday during the ninth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. A large contingent of U.S. and foreign buyers was active on Wednesday, the second and final day of the Book 4 portion of the sale, spurring gains in gross, average and median prices. Keeneland sold 274 yearlings for $11,120,100, up 4.08 percent from...