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Keeneland wraps September Yearling Sale headlined by $8.2 million record price, fifth-highest gross sales

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended its 13-session run on Sunday with gross sales of $360,004,700, fifth highest in September Sale history, headlined by the record $8.2 million American Pharoah filly purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm and the $4.1 million colt by Curlin sold to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin. A change in format to Books 1 and 2 boosted the vibrant...

American Pharoah filly brings $8.2 million during Keeneland third and final book one session Wednesday

A filly by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah who is a half-sister to four-time champion Beholder, Grade 1 winner Mendelssohn and Grade 1 winner and leading sire Into Mischief sold for a record $8.2 million to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm to headline Wednesday’s powerhouse day of trade at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Eight yearlings brought seven-figure prices today, the final session...

Colt by Curlin brings $4.1 million from Godolphin to top Keeneland’s second September session

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin continued its dominance of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale during Tuesday’s second session by purchasing the day’s two highest-priced yearlings, headlined by the $4.1 million Curlin colt out of New Zealand champion sprinter Bounding (AUS), who is the most expensive September Sale yearling since 2010. Godolphin also took home a War Front...

$2.5 million Tapit colt tops first day of Keeneland September Sale; seven bring $1 million or more

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin acquired the two top-priced horses of Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, paying $2.5 million, the highest amount spent on a yearling at public auction in North America this year, for a colt by Tapit who is a half-brother to champion and 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist, and $2.15 million for a son of Medaglia...

Keeneland records significant growth as September Yearling Sale book two comes to a close

Brisk trade spurred significant growth in results during Sunday’s sixth session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, marking the close of Book 2. The session was headlined by the sale of an Uncle Mo colt who is a half-brother to 2016 Belmont (G1) winner Creator for $875,000 to the partnership of Ron Winchell’s Winchell Thoroughbreds and Amer Abdulaziz’s Phoenix Thoroughbreds.  On Sunday,...

After one-day hiatus, Uncle Mo colt brings $1 million to top opening day of book 2 at Keeneland

After a one-day break at the conclusion of a blockbuster Week 1 of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale that produced gross sales exceeding $216 million, the momentum continued Saturday led by the sale of the Uncle Mo colt Wall Street Lion for $1 million. The colt, the 27th million-dollar horse of the 2018 September Sale, is the first seven-figure sale of the auction’s fifth session since 2011 and...

Medaglio d’Oro colt brings top price of $2.1 million as Keeneland wraps final book one session Thursday

Amer Abdulaziz’ Phoenix Thoroughbreds paid $2.1 million for a Medaglia d’Oro colt who is a half-brother to 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Stopchargingmaria to top Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Six million-dollar horses were sold during the session, the final day of the premier Book 1, increasing the total number of seven-figure purchases to 26,...

Colt from first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tops Keeneland’s third session

Robust competition for Thoroughbred racing prospects among a global contingent of buyers continued Wednesday during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where a colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah brought $1.4 million and six other yearlings sold for more than $1 million each. The seven million-dollar sales increased the total number of yearlings...

War Front colt brings $2.4 million on Keeneland’s second sale day; eight bring $1 million or more

A colt by War Front from the family of Hall of Famer Rags to Riches became the most expensive Thoroughbred yearling to sell anywhere in the world to date this year when he commanded $2.4 million from Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. War Front also sired the day’s top-priced filly, a half-sister to champion and Kentucky Derby (G1)...

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,...