There are 2,259 colts, 2,106 fillies, and two geldings in this year's catalogue. Sires represented include Storm Cat, with 20 offspring; A.P. Indy ( 31); Deputy Minister (35); Gone West (20); and Kingmambo (38).
Last year in September, the 2,895 horses sold grossed $254,190,600 and averaged $87,803. The median was $25,000. The gross and average were the auction's second-highest ever, but failed to keep pace with record-setting performances the previous year. The gross declined by 12.9% while the average fell by less than one percent. The number sold and median also were down.Keeneland began offering a yearling auction in October last year, a move that may have contributed to the decline in September's numbers. Other factors that could have had an impact are mare reproductive loss syndrome, which reduced the size of the 2002 yearling crop, and the success of Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky and Saratoga select yearling sales."I am not surprised by the number of horses," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "With more than 4,300, it's still a 12-day sale."By Deirdre B. Biles