Keeneland September Yearling Sale Day 1 - Top Filly HIP 19 Medaglia d'Oro - Flying Passage
Keeneland September Yearling Sale Day 1 - Top Filly HIP 19 Medaglia d'Oro - Flying Passage

Keeneland September Yearling Sale Day 1 - Top Filly HIP 19 Medaglia d’Oro - Flying Passage

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“THIRSTY TOO”

The biggest racehorse sale in the world got underway at Keenland, Kentucky, on Monday, and continued the worldwide trend of rising prices, only this time the average was up a whopping 32%. With a revised format and a Book One sale that stretches over four days, it’s not entirely comparable with last year’s figures, simply because each day sees of the order of 20% fewer horses through the ring, and an aggregate on opening day that was up 5%. However, it’s the job of gurus like Bill Oppenheim to work those numbers and divine a result which is as close to “actual” as mathematics will allow, and on the bare outcomes and Bill’s analysis, an average of 32% up sounds just about spot-on.

Improved trade in racehorses has been a feature of the thoroughbred world for the past two years now, and while there are not enough economic indicators to explain it, it certainly appears that the emergence of new powers in the Middle East and a re-invigorated Europe, are driving the bulk of the investment at the top end of the market. Horsemen will tell you that there is a trickle-down effect on the market in these circumstances, with the bigger domestic players finding it difficult to compete at the very top, and having to compete harder in the next tier, and so on.

The top lot, a very smart, well-related daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, was signed for at $1.5 million by Alan Cooper, who was a guest here with us quite recently. Alan is a son of the former BBA Ireland Chairman, Tom Cooper and a nephew of the enigmatic and brilliantly talented one-eyed horseman, Basil Cooper, who, from his old base at what is now Bruce Le Roux’s Spring Valley Farm, bred and trained the fine racehorses Speciality (second in the Durban July and a winner of the Durban Gold Cup) and another Gold Cup ace, The Malster. To this day, Lester Piggot claims The Malster was his greatest ride. Alan is the racing manager for the Niarchos family of shipbuilding fame, who are locally connected with the success of stallions Mogok and Judpot.

*(click here to see extract from Duff’s Turf Guide on Lester’s ride.).

KEENELAND SEPTEMBER YEARLING SALE

Monday 9 September 2013

TOP COLTS

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

110

Unbridled’s Song

Irish Smoke

1,100,000

Regis Farms

61

War Front

Guide

1,000,000

MV Magnier

145

War Front

La Laja

875,000

Shadwell

18

Candy Ride (Arg)

Flying Dixie

700,000

Regis Farms

216

Giant’s Causeway

Mining My Own

675,000

Zayat Stables LLC

Monday 9 September 2013

TOP FILLIES

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

19

Medaglia d’Oro

Flying Passage

1,500,000

Flaxman Stables Ireland

80

Malibu Moon

Hollywood Story

1,350,000

Northwest Stud

29

Tiznow

Foxy Danseur

400,000

Regis Farms

101

Tiznow

Indian Snow

400,000

Ben Glass, Agent

48

Malibu Moon

Gold Rush Queen

350,000

Woodslane Farm

72

Malibu Moon

Hidden Expression

350,000

Live Oak Plantation

Tuesday 10 September 2013

TOP COLTS

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

325

Tapit

Pretty ‘n Smart

1,000,000

MV Magnier

426

Smart Strike

Serenading

1,000,000

Mike Puhich, agent

360

Distorted Humor

Ready’s Gal

850,000

Shadwell

235

Street Cry

Modification

725,000

Juddmonte Farms

353

War Front

Rag and Bone

650,000

DL O’Byrne

Tuesday 10 September 2013

TOP FILLIES

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

291

Bernardini

Pacific Spell

1,300,000

Baumann Stables LLC

438

Malibu Moon

Shop Again

1,000,000

Hugo Merry Bloodstock

262

Smart Strike

Mystery Trip

500,000

Solis Bloodstock

225

Unbridled’s Song

Miss Kilroy

460,000

Borges Torrealba Holdings

394

Pulpit

Ruthian

450,000

John McCormack Bloodstock

422

War Front

Seeking Simplicity

410,000

Live Oak Plantation

Wednesday 11 September 2013

TOP COLTS

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

523

Medaglia d’Oro

Supercharger

1,700,000

Spendthrift & Stonestreet Stables LLC

515

Tapit

Succcessful Outlook

1,550,000

Regis Farms & Stonestreet Stables LLC

496

Galileo

Starlight Dreams

1,400,000

MV Magnier

640

Tapit

Above Perfection

725,000

McCalmont Bloodstock, agent for Jon Kelly

479

Distorted Humor

Soul Search

600,000

Shadwell Estate Company, Ltd

Wednesday 11 September 2013

TOP FILLIES

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

541

Indian Charlie

Take Charge Lady

2,200,000

Whisper Hill Farm LLC

446

Tiznow

Silken Cat

1,750,000

Borges Torrealba Holdings

463

Indian Charlie

Smart Surprise

625,000

Borges Torrealba Holdings

470

Distorted Humor

Social Page

575,000

Live Oak Plantation

554

Scat Daddy

Tempting Note

550,000

Bridlewood Farm

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