The Sept. 17 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale was “Ladies Day” as the top three lots sold on the day were fillies. Led by a daughter of Unbridled's Song —Tizfiz, by Tiznow , that brought $280,000, the day’s trading saw 309 yearlings sell for $13,893,500. The average on the first day of Book Four was $44,963 and the median was $37,000.
All figures were double-digit gains over comparable figures from 2011. The gross was up 13.6% when 306 horses sold for $12,233,200. The average advanced 12.5% and the median rose 48% from $25,000 a year ago.
The session-topper, bred in Kentucky by Vision Racing and Sales, was consigned by Baccari Bloodstock and was purchased by Pelican, LLC. Tizfiz won the San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. II) in 2009 while racing for Brian Khan and the Richard J. O’Neill Trust. Tizfiz was bought back for $325,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November sale. Stakes-placed Crafty and Evil, the third dam of the session topper, is a half sister to 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick.
The second-highest price on the day came deep in the session when Sallusto and Albina, agents, went to $180,000 for a daughter of Ghostzapper —More for Me, by More Than Ready . Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the bay filly is out of a stakes winner whose second dam is a half sister to top sprinter Richter Scale.
The highest-priced colts on the day came at $150,000. One was a well-bred colt from the first crop of Cowboy Cal out of Bright Feather, by Fappiano. The bay is a half to Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Albert the Great and stakes winners Watch the Bird and Sheer Bliss. Consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent, the colt went to Jun H. Park, agent. The yearling was bred by Winter Quarter’s Don Robinson and Ferran Robinson. Ferran Robinson purchased the then 20-year-old Bright Feather for $30,000 from Overbrook Farm at the 2009 Keeneland November sale.
The other was a son of Roman Ruler --Fancy Deed, by Alydeed, who sold to Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency consignment. The colt was bred by R. Harvey and A. Wortzman in Ontario. The dam is a half sister to sprint champion and first-crop sire Midnight Lute .
Taylor Made Sales Agency led all consignors with 33 horses sold for $1,863,00—good for an average of $56,455. Lane’s End ranked second with 36 yearlings sold for $1,466,000. Select Sales, Gainesway, and Denali Stud all sold horses worth seven figures.
Eisaman Equine led all buyers, purchasing six yearlings for $315,000. Trainer Dale Romans, agent, purchased three for $290,000.
Cumulatively Keeneland has sold 1,541 horses for $194,162,500 for an average of $125,998 and a median of $80,000. In 2011, $198,638,200 was spent for 1,631 yearlings, for an average of $121,789 and a median of $75,000. Total figures reflect seven days of selling in 2012 compared to eight days in 2011 when Keeneland conducted two select sessions.