Maverick Racing went to $550,000 to acquire a Giant's Causeway colt from the Gainesway consignment, the highest price early during the Sept. 11 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.
Produced from the winning Seeking the Gold mare Questress, the colt is a half brother to grade I winner Pomeroy and to the dam of multiple grade I winner Contested. The colt was bred in Kentucky by Shell Bloodstock.
Just before the Giant's Causeway colt, Hip No. 213, went through the ring, agent Demi O'Byrne signed the ticket on a Tapit colt for $500,000.
The colt, Hip No 208, was produced from German champion Que Belle (by Seattle Dancer) and is a half brother to grade III winner Osidy and French group III winner Quetsche.
O'Byrne, who buys for the Coolmore Stud connections of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, said the gray colt would remain in the U.S. and be trained by Todd Pletcher. Pletcher accompanied O'Byrne as he bid on the colt.