Maria's Mon Colt Tops Keeneland Session; Average Slips

A Maria's Mon colt produced from Madeira M'dear (by Black Tie Affair) brought a top bid of $575,000 to top Friday's fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt, sired by the same sire of this year's Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, was consigned by Michael T. Barnett's Blackburn Farm, as agent.

Second-highest price of the day, $550,000, was paid by John Ferguson Bloodstock for a bay colt by Deputy Commander out of Fappies Cosy Miss. Gracefield consigned the colt.

The average price Friday declined from the comparable session one year ago as Keeneland reported 252 horses were sold for $23,445,500, an average of $93,038 and a median of $65,000. At the comparable session a year ago, 261 horses brought $27,132,000, an average of $103,954 and a median of $60,000. The 93 horses that did not sell Friday represented 26.9% of the 345 through the ring.

After four days of the 13-day auction, 869 horses have grossed $196,960,000, an average of $226,651 and a median of $125,000. At the same point in the 2000 sale, 977 horses had been sold for $220,974,500, an average of $226,177 and a median of $120,000

Friday's session was delayed briefly as Keeneland president Nick Nicholson led a brief ceremony to honor the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

The sale continues through Sunday, September 23.

Fourth Session Results:

Year/No. Sold/Gross/Average/Median

Cumulative Results (Through Friday)

Results From Keeneland