Citing the devastating effects of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) on Kentucky's 2002 foal crop, Keeneland's July Selected Yearling Sale will take a one-year hiatus, Keeneland officials announced today.
After 220 hips through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings sale, a filly from the family of Dancethruthedawn, hip #77, has brought the highest price of $300,000.
The 2002 Tattersalls October yearling sale ended Saturday in England with a record average of 43,076 guineas (+24% on 2001), a best ever median of 30,000 guineas (+43%), and a gross of 30,196,500 guineas (+16%) that had only been bettered once before.
The Tattersalls October yearling sale, the largest yearling sale in Europe, started in strong style on Tuesday in England.
Keeneland's October yearling sale was shorter and much smaller than when it was inaugurated a year ago. But the second edition, which was conducted on Tuesday in Central Kentucky, posted higher average and median prices than in 2001.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky will catalogue 774 horses for its October yearling sale. The total is a record and represents a 53.3% increase over last year's total of 505.
The Tattersalls October yearling sale, which ended on Saturday in England, suffered across-the-board declines. At the completion of the five-day sale, 749 yearlings had been sold for a gross of 26,055,700 guineas, an average of 34,787 guineas, and a median of 21,000 guineas. All those figures were down from last year, when 776 horses sold for a gross of 32,256,200 guineas, an average of 41,567 guineas, and a median of 26,000 guineas.
A Pleasant Colony colt, who is a half-brother to Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Forest Camp, sold for $400,000 Tuesday during the final session of the Keeneland October yearling sale.
An A.P. Indy colt, who is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Don't Read My Lips, brought the top price of $140,000 Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale.
A $105,000 Quiet American colt was the top seller as of 2 p.m. (EDT) Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale. Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, he was purchased by Florida pinhooker Becky Thomas, who plans to resell him at an auction of 2-year-olds in training next year.
With more horses cataloged than originally planned for, Keeneland enters new territory with its inaugural October yearling sale today. In all, 644 lots are scheduled to be offered during the auction, which concludes Tuesday.
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