"The Keeneland September Sale is the global marketplace for yearlings," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales, in a prepared statment. "Because of the breadth and depth of the catalog, there are multiple choices available in every price range."Last year, Keeneland sold 27 horses for $1 million or more, matching the 27 seven-figure horses sold during the 2001 September Sale. Top price of the 2003 sale was $3.8 million for a filly by Gone West out of Touch of Greatness. John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed purchased the filly from Three Chimneys Sales, agent. Ferguson, who was accompanied by Sheikh Mohammed was the sale's leading buyer, spending almost $21 million.There are 367 stallions represented in this year's sale including A.P. Indy, Broad Brush, Carson City, Cozzene, Danehill, Danzig, Daylami, Deputy Minister, Distorted Humor , Dixieland Band, Dynaformer, El Prado, Elusive Quality (sire of Kentucky Derby, gr. I, and Preakness, gr. I, winner, Smarty Jones), Gone West, Grand Slam, Gulch, Hennessy, Kingmambo, Kris S., Maria's Mon, Pulpit, Red Ransom, Sadler's Wells, Saint Ballado, Seattle Slew, Seeking the Gold, Tale of the Cat, Theatrical, Thunder Gulch. and Unbridled's Song. There are 27 Storm Cat offspring--13 colts and 14 fillies.
A record 4,891 horses are cataloged for Keeneland's September yearling sale, which begins Monday, Sept. 13 and continues for 14 days through Sept. 27. The total number of horses cataloged is 239 more than the previous record set in 2000. Last 4,294 horses were cataloged for sale. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) each day, with no selling on Friday, Sept. 17.Last year's September Sale set records for median ($34,000), average ($92,329), number of head sold (2,969), average for fillies ($79,833) and average for colts ($102,706). It was the second-largest grossing yearling auction, with sales totaling $274,125,300 for the 12-day sale.