LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 16, 2012) – Trade remained brisk during Sunday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which saw across-the-board increases.
Keeneland sold 281 yearlings on Sunday for $21,625,000, up 5.10 percent from 2011 when 292 horses brought $20,575,000. Average price increased 9.22 percent from $70,462 to 76,957, while the median price of $60,000 rose 20 percent over last year’s $50,000.
Through six days of the 11-day sale, 1,232 horses have been sold for $180,269,000, for an average of $146,322 and a median of $100,000. Last year through seven sessions (includes two select sessions in 2011 versus one in 2012), 1,325 horses were sold for $186,405,000, for an average of $140,683, and a median of $100,000.
“We were up in every category today, and the cumulative not-sold rate is nearly dead-even with last year (25.78 percent compared to 25.69 percent in 2011),” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “It was very busy in the barn area as lots of buyers were out inspecting Monday horses. So we look forward to continuing this strong pace into the second week of sale.”
Winchell Thoroughbreds paid the day’s top price of $370,000 for a colt by Elusive Quality from consignor KatieRich Farms. The colt is out of the Awesome Again mare Distinctively, a daughter of champion Heavenly Prize and a half-sister to graded stakes winners Good Reward and Pure Prize.
Donato Lanni signed the ticket for $350,000 for a colt by Sky Mesa. Consigned by Monticule, the colt is out of the Silver Deputy mare Mettle and a full brother to stakes winner Arch Traveler.
The September Sale continues through Friday, September 21. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.