Capote Colt Tops at Keeneland; Numbers Continue to Soar

From Blood-Horse and Keeneland reports
A Capote colt who is a brother to grade II stakes winner and grade I producer She's Tops was purchased by J. L. Gladwell for $700,000 to top Wednesday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.

The colt, consigned by Woods Edge Farm, is out of She's a Talent (Mr. Prospector) and is a half-brother to stakes winner Early Colony.

During Wednesday's session, Keeneland sold 265 horses for $35,164,000, an average of $132,694 and a median of $95,000. The average represented a 26.1% increase and the gross was up 30% over the comparable session one year ago when 258 horses averaged $105,184 from gross receipts of $27,137,500, The third session median in 2002 was $88,500.

Through three days of the 12-day auction, 604 horses have been sold for $166,414,000, an average of $275,520 and a median of $170,000. Through the same number of sessions in 2002, a total of 635 horses had sold for a gross of $127,713,500, an average price of $201,124, and a median of $130,000.

Stan Fulton's Fleetwood/N.W. Management, represented by agent Tim McMurry, paid the session's second-highest price of $675,000, going to that level for colts by Distorted Humor and Silver Charm.

Woods Edge Farm, as agent, sold the colt by Distorted Humor out of grade III stakes winner It's Personal. Carmichael Sales, agent for Aberdeen Partnership, sold the Silver Charm colt out of stakes winner Proud Run.

"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."

Earlier in the session, Eugene Melnyk paid $450,000 for a Cherokee Run--Jordanesque filly from John Williams' consignment. International Equities Holding, Inc. also went to the $450,000 level 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, the sale's leading buyer during the Monday and Tuesday select sessions, 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.

The sale continues today, takes a break on Friday, and resumes daily sessions from Saturday through Saturday, Sept. 20.

Third Session Comparison
Year: 2003
No. Sold: 265
Gross: $35,164,000
Average Price: $132,694
Median Price: $95,000

Year: 2002
No. Sold: 258
Gross: $27,137,500
Average Price: $105,184
Median Price: $88,500

Cumulative Comparison (First 3 Sessions)

Year: 2003
No. Sold: 604
Gross: $166,414,000
Average Price: $275,520
Median Price: $170,000

Year: 2002
No. Sold: 635
Gross: $127,713,500
Average Price: $201,124
Median Price: $130,000

Results From Keeneland