Large crowds and competitive bidding on Wednesday drove double-digit increases in gross, average and median for the third consecutive session at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.
On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 302 horses for $8,228,000 an increase of 18.05 percent over 2011 when 315 horses brought $6,969,900. Average price for the day of $27,245 rose 23.13 percent from last year’s session average of $22,127. The median price of $20,000 was up 33.33 percent from the $15,000 posted in 2011. The reserved not attained rate (RNA) for horses not sold this session was a mere 9.58 percent compared to 13.7 percent last year.
On day nine of the 11-day sale, 2,145 yearlings have been sold for $214,039,000 for an average of $99,785 and a median of $55,000. Last year through ten sessions (includes two select sessions in 2011 versus one in 2012), 2,248 horses had been sold for $215,187,500, for an average of $95,724 and a median of $50,000. The average and median rose 4.24 percent and 10 percent, respectively
A colt by Yes It’s True topped the session, bringing $220,000 from James Kasparoff, agent. The colt is out of the Saint Ballado mare Wadena, a daughter of Busher Breeders’ Cup (G3) winner Ammy Hils. He was consigned by Bill Reightler, agent.
Juddmonte Farms paid the day’s second-highest price of $200,000 for a colt by First Defence out of stakes-placed Chanceisalady, by American Chance. Consigned by Equus Farm, agent, the colt is from the family of French champions Polish Precedent and Culture Vulture.
The September Sale continues through Friday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.