Truart Brings $150,000 to Pace January Sale Friday

(edited Keeneland release)
The 4-year-old Yes It’s True filly Truart brought the day’s highest bid of $150,000 from John and Martha Jane Mulholland Jan. 12 as young fillies and mares continued to top Keeneland’s January horses of all ages sale.

Consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, the grade II stakes-placed filly was sold as a broodmare prospect.

Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud noted the strong market for “young mares with looks and a race record; their life in front of them.”  Bandoroff pointed out tha,t as a consignor, “You have to have what they (buyers) want ... but if you appraise them right, there's a buyer for (everything), and that is a real encouraging sign.”

Case Clay, co-director of consignor Three Chimneys Sales, has found the January sale to be very useful. “A lot of people are selling or upgrading their mares, and this is a good place for that," said Clay.

Regarding the market, Clay said “there still seems to be quite a bit of action on yearlings.”

On Jan. 12, Keeneland sold 221 horses for $4,390,100, for an average of $19,865 and a median of $10,000. Last year, 237 horses were sold for $5,382,700, for an average of $22,712 and a median of $8,500.  

Following five days of selling, 1,201 horses have sold for $65,385,600, for an average of $54,443 and a median of $25,000. For the comparable period in 2006, 1,217 horses sold for $68,174,100, for an average of $56,018 and a median of $25,000.

One of the January Sale's top consignors thus far is Mill Ridge Sales, who has sold 34 head for $2,880,000 through day five.

Mill Ridge's Bayne Welker said he is hopeful that “good pedigrees throughout (the sale) will keep everybody here. This is a solid American market, and I think everybody is getting a fair market price. It is about as honest right now as it could be.”

Mid-Atlantic breeder and sales agent Bill Reightler, who raised stakes winner and sire Two Punch and sold Eclipse Award winner Declan's Moon, returns to Keeneland for his first January sale after having much success in last November's breeding stock sale. In that sale, which was also a first for Reightler, he consigned the mare Rockcide, who sold for $400,000.

“(Keeneland) is a great place to sell, and it's a worldwide marketplace. As a little guy, I am just tickled to be here,” said Reightler.

Among the horses that Reightler consigned this January is the 4-year-old Wild Again mare, Roaming Wild, who sold for $100,000. “I try to really spot horses for the right venues, and the Mid-Atlantic has continued to be my home base; however, I will bring boutique horses (to Keeneland).”

Also on Friday, a newborn colt by Holy Bull became the second foal to accompany his dam through the sales ring in this January sale. R Lil Petite Ten, consigned by David L. Mullins, foaled at 8:30 p.m. on the night of Jan. 11. The mare and her foal were purchased by Box Arrow Farm for $14,000.

The January Sale continues through Monday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. daily.

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