Asmussen Buys Keeneland Topper Friday

A colt by Honour and Glory brought a top price of $72,000 during Friday's next-to-last session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.

Keith Asmussen bought the bay colt out of Izana, by Theatrical. Eaton Sales, agent for Diamond A Racing Corporation, sold the yearling, who is a half-brother to Puerto Rican champion Mi Amigo Guelo.

Keeneland sold 216 horses on Friday for $2,912,600, an average of $13,484 and a median of $8,500. During the corresponding session last year, 229 horses brought $2,449,900, an average of $10,698 and a median of $6,200.

With one day remaining in the 12-day auction, 2,796 horses have been sold for $272,776,200, an average of $97,559 and a median of $37,000. The gross is the second-highest in September sale history at Keeneland.

At this point in the sale a year ago, 2,780 horses had been sold for $209,540,600, an average of $75,374 and a median of $35,000.

The record for gross sales in September is $291,827,100 for 3,313 horses in 2000.

The sale ends on Saturday.

11th Session Comparison
Year: 2003
No. Sold: 216
Gross: $2,912,600
Average Price: $13,484
Median Price: $8,500

Year: 2002
No. Sold: 229
Gross: $2,449,900
Average Price: $10,698
Median Price: $6,200

Cumulative Comparison (First 10 Sessions)
Year: 2003
No. Sold: 2,796
Gross: $272,776,200
Average Price: $97,559
Median Price: $37,000

Year: 2002
No. Sold: 2,780
Gross: $209,540,600
Average Price: $75,374
Median Price: $35,000

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