Double-Digit Gains Realized at Keeneland April Sale

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 8, 2013) – Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale saw double-digit growth in gross, average and median figures during the one-day session, which was headlined by the sale of an Unbridled’s Song filly for $700,000.

Irish bloodstock agent John McCormack signed the ticket for the filly on behalf of undisclosed clients. McCormack purchased two horses for a total of $880,000 to be the sale’s leading buyer.

Out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Eden’s Causeway, the juvenile filly is a half-sister to Eden’s Moon, winner of the 2012 Las Virgenes Stakes (G1) and San Clemente Handicap (G2), and is from the family of champion grass horses Theatrical (IRE) and Paradise Creek. The filly breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 during last Thursday’s Preview Show.

“She was a wonderful filly; from day one we knew she’d be a special offering,” said Ciaran Dunne, whose Wavertree Stables consigned the filly. “She’s out of a Grade 1 (producing) filly by a super stallion. You just don’t see them in this marketplace. Then when she backed it up on the racetrack it was likely she was going to make a name for herself in the ring.”

Wavertree Stables sold four of the top five highest-priced horses to rank as the sale’s leading consignor for the second consecutive year, selling 19 horses for $4,445,000.

Keeneland sold 59 horses during the session for $11,640,000, up 19.34 percent over last year’s total of $9,754,000 when the same number of horses sold. The average of $197,288 increased 19.34 percent from $165,322 in 2012, while the median of $150,000 rose 25 percent from $120,000. The buyback rate decreased 41.67 percent from 2012.

“Today’s major indicators are positive,” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “Average, median and gross are up while the percentage of horses not sold decreased. We also saw a good cross-section of buyers today as well. We are very pleased with the sale.”

A colt by Arch out of the Mr. Prospector mare Falling Springs sold for $535,000 to Steven Young, agent. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, the colt is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Easy Gallop.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, on behalf of Mike Repole, paid $500,000 for a colt by Bernardini out of the stakes-winning Thunder Gulch mare Jaramar Rain. The colt is a half-brother to the graded stakes-placed colt Imperial Council and the stakes-placed filly Minesave. He was consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

Video of $700,000 Unbridled’s Song Filly

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