$2.7 MILLION TAPIT FILLY TOPS MONDAY’S BLOCKBUSTER OPENING BOOK 1

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 12 -- FIRST SESSION OF BOOK 2

Keeneland’s 74th September Yearling Sale opened Monday with a premier Book 1 catalog of 167 elite Thoroughbred yearlings and successfully launched the reformatted Week 1 of the auction. The showcase produced eight yearlings that sold for seven figures led by a daughter of Tapit who is a full sister to 2017 Grade 1 winner Cupid purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $2.7 million.

The filly, out of the Beau Genius mare Pretty ‘n Smart, is the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in North America this year and the highest-priced filly sold at the September Sale since 2008. She was consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent.

The session produced spectacular results as Keeneland sold 95 yearlings for a gross of $54,175,000, up 56.89 percent from the $34,531,000 posted for the opening session of last year’s three-day Book 1. The session average of $570,263 jumped 78.36 percent from last year’s $319,731, and the median price of $500,000 was 86.92 percent higher than $267,500 in 2016.

The eight million-dollar horses from Monday’s session is one less than the number sold during last year’s entire September Sale. The top 10 highest-priced horses were purchased by eight individual interests representing both U.S. and foreign buyers.

Sessions today through Thursday comprise Book 2 of the sale, which has cataloged 4,138 yearlings over 12 sessions concluding Sept. 23.

The entire September Sale will be streamed live on Keeneland.com.

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