Market Comment: Horsemen Talk About Strong Keeneland January Sale

Here's what people had to say on the second day of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale:

Marshall Silverman, Pennsylvania pinhooker and sale agent, who bought the $390,000 Lucette (in foal to Vindication) for Peter Angelos: "The babies are really strong, and it's hard to buy a good mare. The quality is better than it was last year. There are better babies, and there are more good ones. Maybe the MRLS (mare reproductive loss syndrome) thing is out of the way. People told me they were bringing better babies here because there was such a demand for them. They're selling real well, and people are reaching for the good ones."

Tony Bowling, Florida pinhooker: "Horses are high, but they're right in line with what they've been lately at all the other sales. There are no surprises for me. It's exactly as I expected to be. People are still keying in on the best horses, but you can buy a pretty good horse with a chance to become a real nice horse for the right money."

Brent Fernung of Cloverleaf Farms II in Florida: "If you bring one in there and it looks any good at all, you can't hardly see it out back here (in the walking ring) for all the people surrounding it. The catalogue is kind of weak, but the nice horses are selling awfully good."

Mike Akers, Dapple Bloodstock: "There is good trade going on. Everybody should be happy with this. When there's good product, you're getting plenty of money for it. It's a pretty typical January sale. I think everyone will be optimistic off of these numbers. Maybe the foals are a little stronger than I expected because there's just not enough to go around. As usual, there's a lot of demand for the good ones."