A Macho Uno colt brought $400,000 to top the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, a session that saw the trend decreases in the major sale indices continue.
On the day, the sale company reported 295 horses were sold for a gross of $27,081,500, an average of $91,802, and a median of $70,000. During the comparable session a year ago, 288 horses brought $28,302,500, an average of $98,273 and a median of $80,000. Thus the average on the day was down 6.58% and the median dipped 12.5%.
Through six sessions, the gross is $262,457,200 for 1,412 horses. The average is $185,876 and the median is $125,000. At this point of the auction in 2007, 1,409 horses had been sold for $303,573,700. The average was $215,453 and the median was $140,000. The average this year has decreased 13.72% and the median has dropped 10.71%.
The top price during the sixth session was purchased by Paula C Racing Stable of Venezuela, which purchased the Macho Uno colt from the consignment of Adena Springs, Hidden Brook, agent. The colt is out of Bag Lady Jane, by Devil’s Bag, a Canadian stakes winner of $233,736.
Demi O’Byrne of Coolmore paid the second highest price, $375,000, for a colt from the first crop of Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Powerscourt. Padraig Campion’s Blandford Stud, agent, sold the bay colt out of Beefeater Baby, a stakes-placed daughter of Thunder Gulch.
"It was a good session," said Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell. "There was good representation by both domestic and foreign buyers. The Europeans are here along with South Americans."
The sale continues through Sept. 23 with sessions at 10 a.m. daily.
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