Keeneland September Yearling Sale Book 1
Keeneland September Yearling Sale Book 1

Keeneland September Yearling Sale Day 4 Top Colt - HIP 712 War Front Blading Gold Ring

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KEENELAND SEPTEMBER YEARLING SALE

Book 1, Day 4

Keeneland September’s power-packed Book 1 concluded yesterday with impressive increases compared to combined Book 1 and 2 results from 2012. During four days of selling, 546 yearlings grossed $153,385,000. The average rose 38.5% to $280,925 and the median was up 38.3% to $207,500. At this point in the 2012 auction, 655 head had sold for $132,853,000. The average was $202,829 and the median was $150,000. The cumulative buy-back rate stands at 27%. It was 28.7% a year ago.

“Week one was a great success,” confirmed Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell after the close of business Thursday. “The goal was to get as many quality horses on the grounds and the consignors successfully helped us accomplish that. The cream of North America’s yearling crop was here and our goal is to get as many buyers on the grounds to go through them. We accomplished that. The success of the new format shows all the way through, with top-quality horses every day. There was live spirited bidding everyday on all the horses and the buyers stayed from Monday through Thursday and that is all we can ask. There was a huge, diverse buying bench, both domestically and internationally, there were new buyers, old buyers, pinhookers, end users. You name the criteria of a buyer and they were here. All our goals were accomplished.”

The 2012 total sale figure of seven million-dollar yearlings was surpassed during Wednesday’s trading and was obliterated Thursday when a further five yearlings brought seven figures. A total of 18 horses have passed the million-dollar threshold so far. Thursday’s session was topped by a colt by War Front who brought a final bid of $2.5million from Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. The colt was consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm. O’Callaghan had purchased the colt for $180,000 as a weanling last November. The yearling was the second horse to pass the $2-million mark at the auction.

Amplifying the depth of the market, there were 15 individual buying groups among the 18 seven-figure yearlings. That includes three horses Stonestreet bought in partnership, one each with Regis, Gainesway and Spendthrift. Only M.V. Magnier purchased multiple seven-figure horses; the Coolmore partners have purchased four at that level.

After a pause in the action Friday, the Keeneland September resumes with Book 2 on Saturday at 10 a.m. Keeneland’s Vice President of Sales, Walt Robertson, is optimistic the strong results will continue. “People bid on a lot of horses today, but haven’t gotten a lot of money spent over the last week,” Robertson said. “They’ll be here next week. You are always anxious about the next step, but everything bodes pretty well, we hope.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

Thursday 12 September 2013

TOP COLTS

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

712

War Front

Blading Gold Ring

2,500,000

M.V. Magnier

681

Tapit

Avaknowsthecode

1,200,000

Gainesway & Stonestreet Stables

846

Medaglia d’Oro

Dream Supreme

1,000,000

David Ingordo, agent

791

Distorted Humor

Copper State

925,000

Spendthrift & Stonestreet Stables

700

Street Cry

Beautician

750,000

Live Oak Plantation

770

Distorted Humor

Cindy’s Mom

725,000

Spendthrift Farm

720

Medaglia d’Oro

Bonnie Blue Flag

700,000

Willis Horton

705

Smart Strike

Belle Of Perintown

575,000

GEM Stables

664

Galileo

Another Storm

550,000

Blandford Bloodstock

667

War Front

A.P. Investment

550,000

Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd

814

Tapit

Dashing Debby

500,000

Fox Hill Farm, Tom McGreevy, agent

Thursday 12 September 2013

TOP FILLIES

Lot #

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

Purchased By

855

Tiznow

Easter Brunette

1,700,000

Solis Bloodstock

868

Tapit

Evrobi

1,000,000

Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd

779

Smart Strike

Clay’s Rocket

775,000

John Greathouse, agent

742

Malibu Moon

Caroni

725,000

John Greathouse, agent

709

War Front

Biblical Point

600,000

Live Oak Plantation

841

Street Cry

Dream Empress

570,000

John Ferguson

www.keeneland.com

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