For the second consecutive session, an Indian Charlie yearling brought the top price at Keeneland’s September yearling sale Sept. 16. As the auction passed the halfway point of its 15-session stand, an Indian Charlie-Her She Kisses, by Dehere, filly elicited a winning bid of $250,000 from John Brocklebank, as agent. The filly, who was consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, is from the family of graded stakes winners Crafty Shaw, Shawklint Mint, and Mr. Shawklit. Her She Kisses is a multiple stakes winner. On Sept. 15, an Indian Charlie colt led the session.
The Tuesday session saw 270 yearlings sold for a total of $14,116,400, a slide of 11.6% compared to the same session a year ago, when 286 head brought $15,969,400. The session average fell 6.4%, to $52,283 from last year’s $55,837. The median held steady at $40,000.
The eighth stanza of the yearling sale followed steadily along the path established during the previous seven sessions, with most benchmarks falling in the 5-15% range, which many felt would be the case before the auction began.
Through the Sept. 16 session, 1,967 horses have been sold for $295,453,300, that total down 13.1% from $340,060,600 a year ago. The average of $150,205 slipped 12.4% from 2007’s $171,488, while the median was off 5%, at $95,000, from $100,000 in 2007.
For the Sept. 16 session, Lane’s End sold 28 head for a total of $1,560,000, leading all consignors for the day. Taylor Made Sales Agency sold 29 for $1,509,500, followed by Paramount Sales (22 for $911,000), Mill Ridge Sales (15 for $887,500), and Brookdale Sales (14 for $874,000).
Ken and Sarah Ramsey ended up the top buyers of the day, purchasing two yearlings for a total of $350,000. Off The Hook spent $300,000 for a pair of purchases. Rounding out the top five were Nick de Meric, agent (three for $282,000), Ben Glass, agent (two for $260,000), and John Brocklebank, agent (one for $250,000).
An Empire Maker filly, out of graded stakes winner Changing World, by Spinning World, brought the session’s second-highest bid, $230,000 from the Ramseys. The filly was consigned by The Acorn, agent for White Oaks (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rogers Jr.).
Keeneland’s September yearling sale continues through Sept. 23, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. EDT daily.
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