A daughter of Harlan's Holiday brought $105,000 as the top purchase during the 12th day of Keeneland’s September yearling sale as the Sept. 22 session saw an increase in gross, average, and median.
At the end of the day, Keeneland reported a 1.4% increase in the number of horses sold, with 284 head selling this year versus last year’s 280. The gross was up 10.8% to $5,270,800 compared with last year’s $4,757,800. The average rose 9.2% from $16,992 to $18,559, and the median increased 9.1% from $11,000 to $12,000. While 72 horses were RNAs, the buy-back rate rose just 1%, from last year’s 20% to this year’s 20.2%.
“The session was very good and reflects the strength and depth of the market,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “We saw a very good crowd and a mixture of buyers from across the country and around the world. Again, it just goes to show that Central Kentucky is the place where the world comes to buy their Thoroughbred horses.”
The hammer came down with Friendship Racing as the session-topping bidder on the Harlan’s Holiday filly. The Kentucky-bred sales topper, bred by Brereton C. Jones and consigned by Airdrie Stud, is out of the Pleasant Colony mare Pleasant Kaye. Pleasant Kaye is a daughter of the grade III winner Mckaymackenna, whose female family traces to Secretariat.
The second-highest purchase was a son of Bernstein, bought by Bill Stiritz for $100,000. Stiritz was the session’s leading buyer with $214,000 spent on six different horses. Four Star Sales was the session's leading consignor with $469,600 in sales for 32 head.
Cumulatively, 3,134 horses have been sold during the current sale at Keeneland for $377,159,900, an average of $120,344 and a median of $60,000. Gross is down 4.8% and average is down 4.4% from last year, while the median has risen 9.1%. At this point in the sale last year, 3,147 horses had been sold for $396,116,800, an average of $125,871, and a median of $55,000.
The cumulative buy-back rate stands at 23.1% versus last year’s 22% buy-back rate, with 944 horses listed as RNAs.
Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale resumes Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.