While key statistics for the Keeneland September yearling sale indicate a stable market in comparison with last year, a prominent consignor says the market is not as healthy as it appears.
Bloodstock agent Julio Rada and his Platinum Bloodstock agency clients have been moving the needle in this season's yearling market, part of a strong South American contingent of buyers influencing North American sales.
Topped by a $170,000 colt by first-crop sire The Factor, the Keeneland September yearling sale's 11th session posted gains as the auction continued to stay in positive territory overall.
Keeneland's September yearling sale wrapped up its one-day Book 5 session Sept. 24 in Lexington with similar figures to last year's Book 5, and overall figures are still rolling ahead of last year's returns.
Tapit colt stars at Keeneland September and more in the September 26, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Book 3 of Keeneland's September yearling sale in Lexington spun off another remarkably high-priced yearling Sept. 21, when a Curlin filly sold for $975,000 as the auction rolled through its seventh session.
An unexpectedly fierce bidding war for a Quality Road colt produced a $710,000 session-topping price Sunday to open the Keeneland September yearling sale's Book 3 at a session that otherwise underperformed.
A colt by second-crop sire Quality Road was sold late in the afternoon to Walnut Green, agent, for $710,000 during the sixth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 20 in Lexington.
A colt from the second crop of Twirling Candy sold for $320,000 during the sixth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 20 in Lexington.
A bay colt from the last crop of Harlan's Holiday brought a $285,000 final bid as Book 3 got under way at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The Keeneland September yearling sale closed out its two Book 2 sessions Saturday night in Lexington with a $485,000 Mineshaft colt session-topper and across-the-board gains as compared with last year's Book 2 portion.
A half sister to grade I winner Sam's Sister brought $475,000 from Alex Solis and Jason Litt for client LNJ Foxwoods at session five of Keeneland's yearling sale
A bay colt by Flatter out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Caressing was purchased by agent Ben Glass for $425,000 Sept. 19 during the fifth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A Hard Spun colt brought a final bid of $330,000 to top early trading Sept. 19 during the fifth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Upper-level buyers stayed in Lexington Friday as Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale rolled into its second week and the premier Book 1 sessions gave way to Book 2.
Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert made a winning bid of $700,000 for a colt by Uncle Mo, the highest price paid during session 4 of Keeneland's September yearling sale Sept. 18.
A colt from the first crop of grade I winner The Factor sold for $600,000 Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Braxton Lynch signed the ticket for the first Book 2 Tapit to enter the ring Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, as Session 4 of the sale got off to a solid start.
Lenny Shulman is on location at the Keeneland September sale with Donegal Racing's Jerry Crawford. The duo reflect on the Travers Stakes, future plans for Keen Ice, and the importance of the Keeneland Sale for Jerry. watch video
- By Steve Haskin
At first there were three, then one scratched and one failed to meet its reserve. That left one Frankel yearling in the Keeneland September sale. read blog
Pope outdueled trainer Bob Baffert for the $2.1 million session-topper, currently the auction's highest price with nine sessions to go, while Gainesway Farm and Tapit led the day.
Eric Mitchell recaps Day 3 of the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including the top hips, and comments from Geoffrey Russell, Director of Sales at Keeneland.
Mandy Pope prevailed in a protracted bidding battle that ended with a final price of $1.05 million for a daughter of Street Cry out of Tizso.
In the care of Dede McGehee's Heaven Trees Farm near Lexington, broodmare Lotta Kim, dam of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is again hitting her stride.
War Front-Betterbetterbetter filly kicks off Keeneland September sale and more in the September 19, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Hip 495 in the ring during the Keeneland September Sale.
Sire War Front continued to thrive at the Keeneland September yearling sale when David Ingordo, agent, went to $1 million to land one of his progeny in the third session Sept. 16 in Lexington.
Hip 511 in the ring at the Keeneland September Sale.
Hip 530 in the ring at the Keeneland September Sale.
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm went to $2.1 million to land a Tapit colt about midway through the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16 in Lexington, the highest price paid so far at the sale.
Hideyuki Mori went to $900,000 for a War Front colt out of Satans Quick Chick at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables went to $1.65 million to land a chestnut colt out of Pure Clan consigned by Gainesway.
After making history on the track this year with American Pharoah, Zayat Stables also made some headlines at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16, going to $1.5 million to land a Bernardini filly.
A War Front colt helped get things going at the third day of the Keeneland September yearling sale Wednesday, Sept. 16 in Lexington, when M.V. Magnier went to $1,150,000 to land the dark bay or brown colt.
Eric Mitchell recaps Session 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including comments from Geoffrey Russell, Director of Sales at Keeneland, and Barbara Banke.
On a day colts by a range of established sires set the pace, a $1,525,000 Distorted Humor colt bought by Three Chimneys brought the highest price Tuesday at the Keeneland September yearling sale's second session in Lexington.
A filly sired by Coolmore's champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock was purchased by Spendthrift Farm for $1 million during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate Company for $800,000 during the Sept. 15 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale, which runs from Sept. 14-26 (with a dark day Sept. 17), features a number of horses with noteworthy pedigrees or intriguing backgrounds.
A Distorted Humor colt rocketed to the top about an hour into the second day of the Keeneland September yearling sale on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Keeneland September Sale session 1. Also hear thoughts on the market and book 1 format from Geoffrey Russell. Mandy Pope and John Ferguson also share thoughts. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Mandy Pope switches roles from buyer to seller of million-dollar sales, selling a War Front--Betterbetterbetter filly for $1.45 million on opening day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Shadwell Estate Co. bought a War Front filly for $1.45 million on day one of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A War Front filly sold to R.S. Evans for $1 million, the first seven-figure price on opening day of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14 in Lexington.
The colt is out of graded stakes winner Afleeting Lady, a half sister to classic winner Shackleford and grade I winner Lady Joanne.
Ian Tapp previews the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including comments from Geoffrey Russell, Director of Sales at Keeneland, and Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
When Keeneland hosts the Breeders' Cup, it will not only face the challenge posed by having the largest crowd to ever attend the races at the track, but also how to prepare for the mixed sale that begins Nov. 2.
Ian Tapp recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland January sale, including a look at the numbers, some of the top selling hips, and comments from Tom Thornbury and bloodstock agent Alex Kershaw. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. watch video
Ian Tapp recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland January sale, including a look at the numbers, some of the top selling hips, and comments from Tom Thornbury and bloodstock agent Alex Kershaw. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale, topped by $2.2 million mare Up, closed Jan. 15 with across-the-board declines in a year that featured no major dispersals.
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