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Fifth Session Posts Double Digit Gains


The strong pace continued on Saturday at Keeneland’s 2012 September Yearling Sale, with double digit gains in gross, average and median.

On Saturday, Keeneland sold 296 horses for $25,791,000 an increase of 25.12 percent over 2011 when 280 horses brought $20,613,500.  Average price for the day of $87,132 rose 18.35 percent from last year’s session average of $73,620. The median price of $70,000 was up 37.25 percent from the $51,000 posted in 2011.

Brisk Business Defines First Week of Keeneland September Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 14, 2012) – Active trade from a diverse buying bench and the sale of seven yearlings for $1 million or more drove strong results during opening week of Keeneland’s premier September Yearling Sale, held September 10-13.

Through four sessions of the 11-day sale, 655 yearlings have been sold for $132,853,000, for an average of $202,829 and a median of $150,000.

Empire Maker Colt Brings $1.1 Million As Keeneland September Sale Continues to Show Strength

A colt by Empire Maker brought $1.1 million as Keeneland recorded gains in gross, average and median on Thursday as it concluded the first week of the September Yearling Sale.

Seven yearlings brought $1 million or more during the first week of selling compared to six in 2011. 

Shigeyuki Okada bought the session-topping colt by Empire Maker out of multiple graded stakes winner Lu Ravi, by A.P. Indy. He is a half-brother to the stakes-winning filly Ravi’s Song and from the family of champion juvenile filly Halfbridled.

Bernardini Colt Brings $1.55 Million to Punctuate Bullish Market at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 12, 2012) – Brisk business drove across-the-board gains during the third session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, which was boosted by the sale of a Bernardini colt for $1.55 million, the second-highest-priced yearling to date in the auction.

Keeneland sold 196 horses on Wednesday for $34,573,000, a 5.34 percent increase from a year ago when 215 yearlings brought $32,819,500. The session average of $176,393 was up 15.55 percent from $152,649 in 2011, while the median rose 11.54 percent from $130,000 to $145,000.

Half-Brother to Del Mar Derby (G2) Winner My Best Brother Brings $1.55 Million Early Wednesday

Demi O’Byrne, on behalf of the Coolmore partnership, paid $1.55 million for a Bernardini colt early in Wednesday’s session of the September Yearling Sale. It is the second-highest price of the sale thus far. Consigned by Catherine Parke’s Valkyre Stud, as agent for Mr. and Mrs. William Currin, the colt is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Stormello and recent Del Mar Derby (G2) winner My Best Brother.

Keeneland Posts Gains, Sells Tapit Colt for $700,000 On Second Day of September Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 11, 2012) – Keeneland realized increases average and median prices during the second day of its September Yearling Sale, led by the $700,000 paid by Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables for a colt by leading sire Tapit.

Keeneland September Sale Opens with Five Seven-Figure Yearlings

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 10, 2012) – Five yearlings commanded seven-figure prices – led by the $1.65 million paid by Shadwell Estate Company for a colt by Distorted Humor – during Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

The sale-topping colt is the first foal of Juddmonte Spinster (G1) stakes winner Mushka, by Empire Maker.




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