Keeneland set a world record for gross sales at a Thoroughbred auction on Thursday when 10-day totals reached $385,707,000. The sale surpassed the world record mark of $384,349,900 set at last year's 14-day September sale. "We are thrilled at establishing a world record gross in the first 10 days of this year's sale," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales.Average price for the sale is up 5.4% to $148,292, compared to $140,639 reported last year. The median price of $70,000 jumped 16.7% over $60,000 in 2005. So far, 2,601 horses have been sold compared to 2,640 last year. During Thursday's session, Keeneland sold 285 horses for gross receipts of $8,523,300, up 5.6% over last year when 287 horses brought $8,067,800. Average rose 6.4% to $29,906 compared to $28,111 in 2005. The median price of $20,000 remained unchanged from 2005.DRRS Racing bought the yearling that broke the sales record for $57,000, a Salt Lake filly out of the Fight Over mare Fighting Forty. Agent Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned her.A filly by Pulpit out of the Meadowlake mare Audrey Paulina brought the day's top price of $330,000, paid by Southern Equine Stables. The yearling was consigned by agent Claiborne Farm, agent.
The September Sale continues through Sept. 25. Sessions start at 10 a.m. daily.