MOMENTUM AT KEENELAND SEPTEMBER YEARLING SALE CONTINUES

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 14 – THIRD AND FINAL SESSION OF BOOK 2

On Wednesday during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, three horses sold for $1 million and more, increasing to 11 the number of seven-figure horses sold during sale’s first three days. 

The legacy and international appeal of Scat Daddy continued to make an impact, when another offspring of the late sire commanded top price for the second consecutive day. 

Yesterday’s session topper was a colt purchased for $1.1 million by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. Consigned by Anderson Farms, agent, he is the first foal out of the Tapit mare Orchard Beach. A Scat Daddy colt topped the Tuesday session on a bid of $950,000 from Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock.

“It was a lot of money but sadly, as you know, we lost Scat Daddy a couple years ago,” Magnier said Wednesday about the stallion, who stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, and died unexpectedly in 2015. “It’s probably one of the biggest losses we’ll ever experience. We’re looking to have (the 3-year-old Group 1-winning Scat Daddy colt) Caravaggio to follow in his footsteps.”

Selling for $1 million apiece on Wednesday were a colt by Quality Road and a colt by Orb.

The strong market for quality yearlings continued throughout the session, with 194 horse sold for a gross of $47,018,000 and an average of $242,361 and a median of $180,000. Cumulatively, a total of 483 horses have sold for $149,414,000, for an average of $309,346 and a median of $220,000.

Today concludes Book 2 of the September Sale, which has cataloged a total of 4,139 yearlings over 12 sessions concluding Sept. 23.

The entire September Sale, which runs through Sept. 23, is streamed live on Keeneland.com.

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