Maddie Mattmiller, agent for Black Type Thoroughbreds, paid $450,000 for a daughter of Connect from the family of champions Caressing and West Coast to record the highest price of Tuesday’s eighth day of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which continued to post across-the-board increases.
Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the filly is out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Fun Affair. Paramount was the day’s leading consignor with sales of $2,076,500 for 25 horses.
On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 295 yearlings through the ring for $21,182,500, for an average of $71,805 and a median of $55,000. The gross is up slightly from the corresponding session in 2021 when 312 horses sold for $20,549,000. The average rose 9.02 percent from $65,862 in 2021, and the median is 22.22 percent above last year’s $45,000.
Through eight sessions of the 12-day sale, a total of 1,851 yearlings have sold through the ring for $376,636,000, an increase of 15.26 percent over last year’s corresponding period when 1,800 horses sold through the ring for $326,762,000. Average price is up 12.09 percent from $181,534 to $203,477, while the median of $130,000 rose 8.33 percent over $120,000 in 2021.
Jebel Ali Stables purchased Tuesday’s second high seller, a $400,000 colt by Dialed In from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Tourist. Consigned by Hinkle Farms, he is out of the winning Bellamy Road mare Castle Road.
X-Men Racing paid $300,000 for a son of Nyquist consigned by Anderson Farms, agent. Out of the Quiet American mare Reason, the colt is from the family of Grade 1 winner Switch.
B.E.T. acquired a colt by Take Charge Indy for $280,000. Consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent for Merriebelle Stable, he is out of the winning Ghostzapper mare Meadow Rose and from the family of Grade/Group 2 winners Sierra Vista (GB) and Stubbins.
For the session, B.ET. led buyers with five purchases for $750,000.
A colt by Arrogate sold to Nice Guy Stables for $275,000. Consigned by Nardelli Sales, he is out of the Afleet Alex mare Afleeting Lisa, a half-sister to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan and multiple graded stakes winner Successful Dan.
Four sessions remain in the September Sale, which continues Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET runs through Saturday. The entire auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com.