Keeneland September Sale Builds on World Record Gross Sunday

The world record gross for the Keeneland September yearling sale stood at $323,743,800 Sunday following the 13th of the auction's 14 sessions. The total is 18.1% ahead of the $274,125,300 gross for last year's 12-session September auction. Other key business figures also compared favorably to 2003's entire sale results. The average price of $100,106 was up 8.4% from $92,329, and the median price of $40,000 was up 17.6% from $34,000.

"We're feeling tired but content because, in general, it's been a very successful sale," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "There's plenty of people still here; they were standing two and three deep today around our back walking ring. And there's plenty of money for good-looking horses."

Sunday's results were 200 horses sold for a gross of $2,519,000, an average of $12,595, and a median of $7,000.

The highest price for an individual horse was the $82,000 brought by a Salt Lake colt. He is the first foal out of the 7-year-old unraced Kingmambo mare Snowmass and is from the family of grade I winner and leading sire Storm Cat. Other talented runners in his family include Crimson Saint, Pancho Villa, Terlingua, and European champion Royal Academy.

John T. L. Jones Jr., agent, bought the session-topping colt from Eaton Sales, agent.

The Keeneland September sale's 14th and final session is Monday. Selling begins at 10 a.m, (EDT).

Results, leading buyer, leading consignor, leading sire lists from Keeneland