'Steady Progress' Marks Day 10 of Keeneland Sale

'Steady Progress' Marks Day 10 of Keeneland Sale
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Keeneland September Yearling sale continues steady progress on Day 10.

A filly from the family of Mr. Greeley and Street Sense topped day 10 of the Keeneland September yearling sale. Tom Gentry, agent, bought the Hold That Tiger filly for $182,000 from Four Star Sales, agent.

The chestnut filly is out of the Jules mare Julie Girl, who is a daughter of the winning Reviewer mare Long Legend. Julie Girl is a half-sister to grade III winner and successful sire Mr. Greeley (by Gone West) and stakes winner Majestic Legend (by His Majesty), who is the granddam of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, Street Sense.

For the session, Keeneland reported 292 horses sold for a gross of $8,840,400. The average was $30,275 and the median $22,000. The buy-back rate was 20.2%, an increase of 7.4% from last year's session rate of 18.8%.

Compared with the same session in 2006, the number of horses sold increased 2.5%. The gross increased 3.7% from last year's figure of $8,523,300, while the average was up 1.2% from last year's mark of $29,906. The median was up 10% from $20,000.

"The market has continued its steady progress," said Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell. "Quality horses are bringing good prices. We still have a good international presence, but more in the emerging markets instead of the established markets. We also had strong pinhooker representation today."

Compared with the first 10 days of the 2006 sale, the number of horses sold decreased 1.5% from 2,601 to 2,561. The gross was down 5.7% from $ 385,707,000 to $363,554,600, and the average decreased 4.3% from $148,292 to $141,958. The median was up 7.1% from $70,000 to $75,000.

The second-highest priced horse of the day was a son of Cuvee, who brought $165,000 from McKathan Brothers. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent, the colt was produced from the Canadian stakes-winning Gold Alert mare Eighteen Carat.

The sale continues Sept. 21 with the session beginning at 10 a.m.

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