The first week of the annual Keeneland September sale in the books

Lexington, Kentucky – A Quality Road colt sold for $1.7 million, and Gun Runner’s son fetched $1.2 million during Thursday’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which marked the fourth consecutive day of spirited trading and solid results. Today’s session was the last day of the auction’s vibrant first week, which grossed nearly $237 million in total sales and 30 horses sold for $1 million and more.

For the second year in a row, the first week featured Books 1 and 2 during the first four days, when more than 1,100 horses were cataloged, among the best selling individuals based on pedigree and formation. The model is designed to offer as many exceptional horses as possible to major domestic and foreign buyers before the sale takes a one-day break on Friday, September 16th.

On Thursday, Keeneland sold her 230 through the ring for $56,635,000, averaging $246,239 and averaging $202,500. The total was 16.05 percent above $4,880,000 for the corresponding session of 2021, when 201 horses were sold through the circuit. The average was 1.42 percent above $242,791 from the same session a year ago, and the median is up 1.25 percent from $200,000.

“The day was competitive and vibrant,” said Kenland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacey. “Last year’s session was very strong, so the fact that we moved a little bit is very encouraging. The RNA rate (28 percent) was a little higher than we’d like. In some cases, buyers may have rushed into the third book and ignored some of the more outstanding individuals. But I I know a lot of sellers were very happy today.”

Cumulatively this year, 669 horses sold across the circuit fetched a total of $236,990,000, an average of $354,245 and an average of $275,000. Compared to the first week of 2021, the total is up 18.25 percent from $200,419,000, while the average is 9.59 percent above $323,256, and the median is up 10 percent from $250,000.

Agent Donato Lani signed a $1.7 million session sale ticket, a Quality Road colt from the First Class Banter Family, 2nd Class winners, and sons Tale of the Cat and Feed Peas. It was delivered by Nardelli Sales, the dealer, and is off Street Sense mare Act Now.

The price equals the third highest price in Week 1. Lanni said the colt would go to coach Bob Baffert.

A Grade II award winning Stonetastic Gun Runner filly, by Mizzen Mast, has been sold to Mayberry Farm for $925,000. Sent by Paramount Sales, Agent, she is from a family of Class/Group 1 and New Recruit winners gift gifts.

SF/Starlight/Madaket agent Donato Lani paid $700,000 to Uncle Mo’s son from the first place winner by Union Rags. Taylor Made Sales, the dealership, delivered a colt from the Raging Daoust family of third-class winners.

Two horses were purchased for $625,000 apiece.

A Liam’s Map colt sent by Hinkle Farms was sold for the amount to Michael Wallace, the Stables’ agent. Out of the Speightstown winning mare Giulio’s Jewel, he is from the family of Group 2 Rabbit Run and Grade/Group 3 winners Bertolini, Rainha Da Bateria, Assateague and Kindergarten Kid.

Tomoyasu Sakaguchi paid $625,000 for a colt from the City of Light, a half-brother, to the second-class winning Spielberg. From the family of first grade winners Dream Deal, Clear Mandate, Strong Mandate, and Romantic Vision, he was commissioned by Warrendale Sales, an agent. His block is Miss Squill, the winning daughter of Smart Strike.

Four one-year chapters sold for $600,000 each.

A colt was purchased by Uncle Mo, half-brother of bet winner Bet She Wins for the amount by West Bloodstock. Agent St. George Sells delivered the colt, which came out of Spring Eclipse, by Unbridled’s Song, and from the family of the 2nd Class winners Softly and Conquest Big E.

Also selling for $600,000, the Valadorna Class 3 winning Medaglia d’Oro Colt was sold by Curlin, which was acquired by Jupiter Farm. Awarded by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent, and is from the family of Tier 1 Companity winners and Tier 2 Springside and Real Cash winners.

Ripple Staples and St. Elias Stables paid the same amount for a Constitution colt from the Walk of Stars betting mare of Street Sense. Betz Thoroughbreds, the dealer, delivered the colt from the Strike the Moon and Never Enough Time bet winners’ family.

The partnership led by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables all buyers Thursday spent $3,875,000 to buy 12 horses. During the first week, the partnership spent $12,540,000 for 30 years.

In addition, major entities such as SF/Starlight/Madaket, Courtlandt Farm and Richard Knight Bloodstock topped the list of leading buyers in the first week.

The fourth $600,000 was Munning’s son who sold to West Bloodstock, agent Robert and Lawanna Law. The colt, which came out of West Riding, was commissioned by an Ashview Farm agent (Bryan Lyster and Gray Lyster) by Tapit, and from the first-class AP Indian family.

Taylor Made sold 25 for $5,915,000 to lead the session dispatcher.

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