After two days of Keeneland's September sale in which 27 horses brought $1-million bids or more, Wednesday's session of the annual yearling sale in Lexington slowed down as the "select" portion gave way to the first of 10 remaining days of the auction.
The first horse to go over $500,000 didn't come until after 2 p.m. when Tim McMurray, acting on behalf of Stan Fulton's Fleetwood N.W. Management, went to $675,000 for a Distorted Humor--It's Personal colt from the Woods Edge Farm consignment.
"It was a bit more than my appraisal, but we have a stakes winner by Distorted Humor and it's a proven mating," said McMurry. "We have an affinity for Distorted Humor that some others might not."
Immediately after that horse left, three of the next seven horses through the ring brought $350,000 or more, starting with an Old Trieste--Jazz Rags colt who brought $425,000 from Buckram Oak Farm. Mulholland Farm consigned the colt.
Three hips later, Eugene Melnyk paid $450,000 for a Cherokee Run-- Jordanesque filly from John Williams' consignment. Through 5 p.m. Wednesday, she was one of only four fillies to bring $300,000 or more. One sold minutes later when a Theatrical--Kates Delimma filly was purchased by Janelle Grum for $350,000 from Nursery Place, agent. The third was a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus and the Red Ransom mare Word o' Ransom. The Acorn consigned that filly on behalf of White Oaks. She was purchased by Horse France for $300,000. The last $300k-plus filly came late in the day when B. Wayne Hughes paid $375,000 for a Belong to Me--Lucinda K yearling. She is a half-sister to his current stable star, Atswhatimtalknbout, who finished second in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) and fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck consigned her in the Summerfield name.
The morning's high price was $450,000, paid by International Equities Holding, Inc., for a Giant's Causeway--Antics colt consigned by Helen Alexander's Middlebrook Farm. This is the first foal from the mare, but Antics is a half-sister to grade I winner and sire, Arch, and comes from the family of grade I winner Althea. So far, International Equities has purchased four horses ranging in price from $230,000--$450,000.
John Ferguson, who is currently the sale's leading spender, was still active on Wednesday. He signed the $400,000 ticket for a colt by Honour and Glory out of the mare Dixieland Blues. Eaton Sales consigned that colt who is a half-brother to Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) winner Limehouse.
Following those colts in price is a son of Coronado's Quest from the unraced Silver Deputy mare Emmaus who brought $385,000 from M&M Racing. Emmaus is a daughter of multiple stakes producer La Affirmed, whose foals include Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Caress and group III winner Bernstein. Nursery Place, agent, consigned this colt.
The sale continues through Saturday, Sept. 20.Results From Keeneland