A yearling colt from the first and only crop of the late 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam sold for $220,000 Saturday to top the sixth and next-to-last session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington. Kentucky-based bloodstock agent Mike Ryan purchased the bay yearling from James B. Keogh/Grovendale, agent.
The colt is out of the 11-year-old unraced Kingmambo mare Golf Girl and is a half-brother to Stoneway (by Storm Boot), who captured the 2004 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park. The yearling was bred in Kentucky by Blackwater Farm, Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage, and Keogh.
Saint Liam was euthanized after fracturing his left hind leg in August of 2006. The syndicated son of Saint Ballado stood at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Keeneland reported that 195 horses were sold Saturday for a gross of $2,749,500. The average price was $14,100, and the median was $6,500. Compared to last year's sixth session, when 265 horses were sold, the gross was down 25.9% from $3,714,200. However, the average increased less than 1% from $14,016 while the median fell 7.1% from $7,000. The buy-back rate grew from 20.7% in 2007 to 23.2% this year.
The figures for the auction's first six sessions combined were 1,340 horses sold, a gross of $69,428,200, an average of $51,812, and a median of $20,000. Compared to the same point in 2007, when 1,466 horses had been sold, the gross was up less than 1% from $69,099,800. The average rose 9.9% from $47,135, and the median was the same. The buy-back rate advanced from 21.2% to 23.7%.
The 3-year-old unraced colt Carrick Road brought Saturday's’s second-highest price of $145,000 when offered as a racing prospect. Gary Contessa, agent for Winning Move Stable, bought the son of Stephen Got Even from Warrendale Sales, agent. Produced from the stakes-placed Devil His Due Mare Beauty's Due, who won eight races, Carrick Road is a half-brother to stakes winner Kolo (by Dynaformer).
The January auction's seventh and final session is Sunday, with selling beginning at 10 a.m. (EST).