'Typical' Keeneland January Sale Concludes With $39-Million Gross

From Keeneland Sales
Gross sales totaled $39,657,700 for 1,207 horses during Keeneland's six-day January Horses of All Ages Sale which ended Saturday afternoon.

It was the fifth highest total in the history of the auction but short of the $60,951,200 paid for 1,239 horses and two stallion shares a year ago in January. This year's average was $32,856 compared to $49,183 in 2000.

"Based on the quality of horses cataloged, we were pleased with the sale," said Keeneland's director of sales Rogers Beasley. "Unlike last year when Mackie sold for $5 million and 1998 when the Claiborne-Gorman Dispersal grossed more than $21 million, this was a more typical January Sale."

Keeneland officials also were pleased that several new buyers participated in the annual sale, which traditionally features a variety of broodmares, broodmare prospects, yearlings and horses in training.

On Tuesday, Lisa Troutt paid the top price of the sale--$1.7 million--for Magicalmysterycat, a 4-year-old daughter of Storm Cat. Consigned by Eaton Sales, as agent for Anne and Satish Sanan's Padua Stable, Magicalmysterycat earned $357,062 on the racetrack.

During Saturday's final session, Keeneland sold 150 horses for $1,513,600. The average was $10,091 and the median was $6,350.

Ballykelly Stud paid the top price of the session--$70,000 -- for Vanishing Point, a 5-year-old racing or broodmare prospect. Patricia Clark, as agent, consigned the daughter of Caller I.D.