Dellagrazia, topped Keeneland's Tuesday session.

Dellagrazia, topped Keeneland's Tuesday session.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Trempolino Mare Tops Keeneland's Second Session; Figures Improve

Dellagrazia, a 13-year-old Trempolino mare in foal to Giant's Causeway, was purchased by Castleton Lyons for $370,000 to top Tuesday's second session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale in Lexington, Ky.

Consigned by Eaton Sales, Dellagrazia has produced group III winner Grazalema and Japanese stakes winner Princess Carla. Produced from the Irish mare Autocratic (by Tyrant), Dellagrazia is a half-sister to five stakes winners, including group II winner and stakes producer Fair of the Furze.

Gross receipts, average price, and median for the second session improved over the comparable session one year ago and, unlike Monday's first session, the buyback rate was at a level more typical of a January sale.

Keeneland reported 246 horses were sold Tuesday for $11,233,500. The $45,665 average price represented a 9% gain over the $41,861 average for the same session in 2002 and the median price of $28,000 was up 40% over last year's session median of $20,000.

The 72 horses that did not sell represented 22% of the total through the ring, a big improvement over Monday when 34.2% of the horses offered were bought back.

Tuesday's second-highest price of $330,000 was paid by Robert Courtney, acting on behalf of Jaime Carrion, for Awe That, a 5-year-old winning daughter of Boundary. Consigned by John Stuart's Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent for Stoneway Farm, the mare was pregnant to Gulch.

Third-highest price Tuesday was the $300,000 bid from Blandford Bloodstock for Royal Ballerina, a 13-year-old group II winner in foal to Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.

Through two days of the five-day auction, 454 horses have been sold for $21,916,700, an average of $48,275 and a median of $30,000. The sale continues at 10 a.m. (ET) daily through Friday.

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