Vibrant trade continues as Book 3 begins its two-day run
The top-priced yearling was a $525,000 Pioneerof The Nile colt
The positive energy from the first week of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale carried forward as the sale resumed yesterday following a one-day break, and the session was topped by the sale of a Pioneerof The Nile colt for $525,000 to Steve Young.
Keeneland sold 253 yearlings for $31.4 million during the session, for an average of $124,081 and median of $100,000.
Through the first five days of the 12-day sale, Keeneland has sold 934 yearlings for $228m, for an average of $244,151 and median of $172,500.
"Today's session started off very quickly and successfully, and that energy went all the way through day's end," said Geoffrey Russell, director of sales operations for Keeneland. "The prices were very fair and the bidding was quite spirited at times. People are still hungry to buy.
"The transition into the next group of buyers has gone very well. We still have some buyers staying over from the first week, and now we are seeing some new, fresh faces participating. If a good, special horse entered the ring, there was plenty of money for it."
Saturday's top lot, consigned by Gainesway acting as agent, is the first foal out of the Brazilian-bred Elusive Quality mare Bella Fafa, from a family of Group winners in Brazil.
"He's a really nice horse," said Young, who purchased the colt for an undisclosed client. "I thought he was a Book 1 horse. He cost about what we thought he would. It seemed like everyone in the pavilion bid on him once. Bidding is very competitive for good horses. Whether you lead them up there in the first 100 hips or later in the sale, there is money if it is a really good horse."
The session's highest-priced filly was a daughter of Trappe Shot sold to Ron Winchell's Winchell Thoroughbreds for $480,000. Consigned by Elm Tree Farm, she is a half-sister to stakes winner Mr Palmer, from the family of Grade 1 winners Behrens and Commentator. Her dam, In Truth, is by Quiet American.
Acting as agent, Elm Tree Farm also consigned a First Samurai colt out of stakes winner Coastal Sunrise, by Congrats, purchased by Mr and Mrs Jerry Moss for $475,000. He is from the family of Grade 2 winner Ruler's Court, as well as Grade 3 winners Wall Street Wonder and Wise River.
Oussama Aboughazale's International Equities paid $460,000 for a Stormy Atlantic colt consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, acting as agent. He is the first foal out of the Unbridled's Song mare La Quintessa, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Mi Sueno. La Quintessa and Mi Sueno are out of Grade 1-winning millionaire Madcap Escapade.
"He really stood out as a good-walking, athletic horse," said Frances Relihan, Aboughazale's bloodstock manager. "We are trying to buy good physical specimens that move well. We thought we might have been able to get him at a little bit of a lower price, but with his physical he really stood out. We had to push a little bit to get him but we wanted him."
Mike Ryan, acting as agent, was the leading buyer on Saturday. He spent $3.35m for 16 horses.
Gainesway sold 21 yearlings for $4.14m, to be the day's leading consignor.
The September Sale continues through to September 23, with all sessions beginning at 10am Eastern Time.
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