Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale ended Jan. 15 with the third highest gross in the history of the auction. Keeneland sold 1,361 horses during the six-day auction for $53,418,000. By comparison, during a five-day sale last year, 1,258 horses and two stallion seasons brought $49,362,600. This year's average, $39,249, was up slightly from $39,225 last year and the median, $13,000, matched the 2004 figure. "It's good to go into the breeding season (beginning in February) on a high note," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "The sale demonstrated that people have confidence in the market. There was strength at the top and there was strength all the way through." Two horses brought $1 million or more during the sale topped by the $1.35 million paid for Cozzene's Angel, the 11-year-old dam of multiple grade I stakes winner Toccet. She is pregnant to Pulpit. Eaton Sales, as agent for an undisclosed client, bought Cozzene's Angel from Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, as agent. She is by Cozzene out of Charming Pan, by Trepan. It was the first time a horse had been sold for seven figures in January since 2002. A total of 10 horses brought $500,000 or more during the annual sale of broodmares, yearlings and horses of other ages. Keeneland sold 165 horses during Saturday's final session for $1,197,400, an average of $7,257 and a median of $3,500. There was no comparable session last year.
A 4-year-old filly by Two Punch out of Bayou La Batre brought $80,000 to top the final session. Vic Hanson bought Two Bayou from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, as agent for Flatbird Stable. Keeneland officials announced that the July Selected Yearling Sale will not be held this year. Yearlings will be sold during one sale, the Sept. 12-24 Yearling Sale, which closes on May 2.