Heavy action by lookers at the barns is followed by brisk bidding in the ring during Day Six of the Keeneland September yearling sale. All key indices are up over last year's figures.
Images of some of the last offspring sired by the great A. P. Indy. View Slideshow
A chestnut son of Smart Strike lit up the sales ring late in the day of the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, bringing $900,000 from John Moynihan, agent, who bought the horse for Stonestreet Farm.
Shigeyuki Okada's Big Red Farm went to $1.1 million for a son of Empire Maker, during the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13.
Trainer Todd Pletcher went to $750,000 Sept. 13 to acquire an attractive son of Giant's Causeway as the top-priced offering during the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale's fourth session.
Irish agent Demi O'Byrne outlasted all other bidders to acquire a Bernardini colt for $1,550,000 at the Sept. 12 third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.
A colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown commanded $825,000 from Demi O'Byrne during the third session of the Keeneland September sale. He was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent.
- By Ron Mitchell
Case Clay of Three Chimneys Farm discusses the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. watch video
- By Ron Mitchell
Denali Stud's Craig Bandoroff discusses the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. watch video
A strapping gray or roan colt by Tapit was bought for $700,000 by Stonestreet Thoroughbreds to top the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 11.
Maverick Racing went to $550,000 to acquire a Giant's Causeway colt from the Gainesway consignment, the highest price early during the Sept. 11 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.
Gainesway Farm's Michael Hernon discusses the horses they sold from the select session and feedback from customers about the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. watch video
Esther Marr talks about 5 horses who sold for over a million dollars and recaps the select session of the Keeneland September Sale. watch video
A half brother to multiple grade I winner Contested was sold for $1,050,000 during the Sept. 10 Keeneland September yearling sale. He is the third horse to bring a bid of seven figures during the opening session.
About 90 minutes into the Sept. 10 first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, the action really picked up with two seven-figure horses selling in short succession.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr speaks with Frank Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency to preview their horses in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. watch video
Castaway, who won a division of the Feb. 20 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), kept getting better and better as a yearling, according to Mark Taylor of Kentucky-based Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Drill, who defeated American Act by a nose in the Feb. 19 San Vincente Stakes (gr. II), was a high-energy horse with a lot of potential even as a yearling.
Gross sales ended up 12.7% higher than a year ago, the average rose 18% to $76,511, and the median was up 20% to $30,000.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm is buying yearlings to replenish bloodstock holdings that have been diminished due to a selloff by the farm, acquiring yearlings priced between $8,000 and $1.34 million at Keeneland.
A day after the Keeneland September yearling sale topped its 2010 gross with five days to go, the ninth day of selling was up over last year. And the importance of that development goes far beyond the numbers.
Valkyre Stud owner co-breeds, then sells filly by Bernardini for $1.2 million. read blog
Any questions about whether the Keeneland September yearling sale would have staying power beyond the first week were answered Sept. 19 when the auction's receipts went beyond the entire 2010 sale gross.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs went to $1.35 million to buy an Awesome Again-Legs Lawlor colt (Hip No. 957) from Greenwood Lodge Farm as the second seven-figure offering during the Keeneland yearling sale's fifth session.
Benjamin Leon Jr. spent $1.3 million for an Unbridled's Song--Lady of Choice filly (Hip No. 941) from Dromoland Farm's consignment. The filly was the first seven-figure horse sold during Keeneland September's fifth session.
Jon and Sarah Kelly went to $650,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14 to purchase a colt by Tapit--Don'tellmichelle, by Regal Classic, from the consignment of Gainesway Farm.
A Bernardini--Ava Knowsthecode colt consigned by Valkyre Stud as Hip No. 565 was bought by John Ferguson for $625,000 during the early portion of the Sept. 14 fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including comments from Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
A Medaglia d'Oro -- Violent Beauty, by Gone West, colt (Hip No. 469) was purchased by Black Rock Stable for $600,000 from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales consignment during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Bluegrass Hall Farm purchased an Awesome Again-Tizso, by Cee's Tizzy, colt (Hip No. 426) for $510,000 from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13.
Benjamin Leon Jr.'s Besilu Stable went to $1.2 million to acquire a Bernardini filly (Hip No. 307, consigned by Valkyre Stud) produced from the Smart Strike mare Silk n' Sapphire at Keeneland's September yearling sale.
A Street Cry colt from the family of Horse of the Year Zenyatta was purchased by Irish bloodstock John McCormack for $750,000 during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
It did not take long for the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale to reach the seven-figure mark, with Mandy Pope paying $1 million for a gray/roan filly by Unbridled's Song out of Silvery Swan.
One of the top-priced horses sold at the Sept. 11 opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, a Street Sense filly sold for $650,000, came from the dispersal of the late Prince Saud bin Khaled.
Esther Marr talks with Chris Baker, Spring Hill Farm Manager, about the Edward P. Evans Dispersal, including thoughts of some of the top yearlings offered. Watch Video
Esther Marr talks to Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales, about expectations and predictions for the sale. Watch Video
Spring Hill Farm manager Chris Baker talked about the standouts in the Estate of Edward P. Evans dispersal, as well as his bittersweet emotions leading up to the Keeneland September yearling sale.
There are reasons to think the market for yearlings at Keeneland could be solid at all levels. read blog
Owner Mike Repole discusses his investment in Thoroughbreds and shot at winning the Kentucky Derby.
Soldat, who captured the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 26 and the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. III) last year, is a $180,000 graduate of the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Read Blog
Lenny and Steve discuss the Breeders' Cup turf races, the Keeneland September Sale, and more. Plus, the Top 10 Predictions for the remainder of 2010. Watch Video
A Tapit colt produced from the stakes-winning mare Victory Road was purchased by Ron Winchell for $450,000 to top the Sept. 20 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
There are some popular names in the bloodlines of a number of the yearlings being sold at the most recent Keeneland September Yearling sale. I have been fortunate to photograph a number of them over the years. Read Blog
Changes in the format of the Keeneland September sale's select sessions produced mostly positive results. Read Blog
A strapping son of Distorted Humor was hammered down for $2,050,000 during at the Sept. 13 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. Bought by agent Mike Ryan, the colt was consigned by Lane's End, agent.
With the Keeneland September yearling sale behind him, Ric Waldman of Overbrook Farm is concentrating all his efforts on promoting the 157 mares, weanlings, racing, and stallion prospects that will go through the ring Nov. 10-11 as part the operation's final dispersal at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
The marathon Keeneland September yearling sale drew to a close Sept. 28 with some of the biggest declines in key statistical categories in recent history as the gross receipts fell 41.5%, the average was down 33.2%, and the median was off 40.5% for the 14 sessions.
While the gross, average, and median prices continued to be well below levels of 2008, the Sept. 27 penultimate session of Keeneland's marathon September yearling sale produced the lowest buyback rate of the 13 sessions to date, as only 16.7% of the horses through the ring did not bring their reserve prices.
A half-brother by Powerscourt to Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) winner Ravalo brought $180,000 to headline the Sept. 26 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale
The Keeneland September yearling sale continued Sept. 25 with decreases in all major indices, though some participants see a shrouded silver lining: bargains for those with some cash and an increase in the value of yearlings in a couple of years.
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