Despite its revamped, super-select Book 1 format, the leading sires following the Keeneland September yearling sale's opening session Sept. 11 looked awfully familiar.
Atop the Book 1 standings by average and gross was Gainesway's three-time leading North American sire Tapit with 11 sold of 19 offered for $12,825,000, which equaled a robust average of $1,165,909. Following close behind was Claiborne Farm's top international sire War Front , who had 12 of 22 offered sell for a gross of $9,550,000 and an average $795,833.
The number of Tapit yearlings sold during the Sept. 11 Book 1 session represented 39% of the 28 yearlings sold during last year's three-day Book 1, but his gross sales during the one-day session equaled 69% of his progeny's total Book 1 sales of 2016. War Front's number of yearlings sold Sept. 11 represented 67% of his total sold during Book 1 a year ago and his gross sales equaled 80.5% of his total sales from 2016's Book 1.
At the end of last year's Book 1 sessions, Tapit was the leading sire with a $662,857 average and War Front was only a shade behind with a $659,167 average.
By median for this year's Book 1 session, Tapit and Ashford Stud's stalwart Giant's Causeway were tied at the top with $700,000. War Front was the second-leading sire by median at $600,000.
Eight horses brought seven-figure prices during the Sept. 11 session. Three of them sold for more than $2 million and all were by Tapit. The top-seller was Hip 69, a $2.7 million filly out of graded-placed winner Pretty 'n Smart, who is the dam of graded winners Cupid , Heart Ashley, and Ashley's Kitty. The filly was bought by M.V. Magnier.
War Front was represented by four seven-figure sales led by Hip 27, a $1.9 million colt out of multiple grade 1 winner Iotapa. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni signed the ticket for the colt and did not disclose the buyer.
Darley's Medaglia d'Oro is the only other sire who had a seven-figure yearling. He was represented by Hip 82, a filly out of Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, that sold for $1.25 million to Larry Best's OXO Equine. For the day, Medaglia d'Oro had seven yearlings sell out of 13 offered that brought an average of $619,286 and a median of $560,000. He was the fourth-leading sire by average price.
Giant's Causeway was the third-leading sire by average, with three yearlings averaging $733,333. His overall yearling average from last year's Book 1 sessions was $291,364 from 11 sold. The top seller representing the 20-year-old son of Storm Cat was Hip 23, a $875,000 filly named Hollywood Wife, who is out of multiple grade 1 winner Hollywood Story and was purchased by Mayberry Farm.
Ashford's late sire Scat Daddy was the fifth-leading sire by average price, with seven sold for an average of $515,714 and a median of $550,000.
2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale
Top Sires by Average
(min. 3 sold)
|Candy Ride (ARG)||9||5||$510,000||$550,000|
|Pioneerof the Nile||9||8||$504,375||$475,000|