The third session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale saw the continuation of a bullish market highlighted by the $2.2 million paid for a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy and Will Take Charge, winner of the 2013 Travers (G1).
The amount for the Indian Charlie filly, who is a daughter of four-time Keeneland stakes winner Take Charge Lady, is the highest price paid for a yearling at the September Sale since 2010. During the sale’s first three sessions, held Monday through Wednesday, 13 yearlings have been sold for $1 million or more, the most since 2008 when 18 seven-figure horses were sold.
On Wednesday, 135 yearlings sold for $41,890,000, for an average of $310,296 and a median of $240,000. Keeneland reformatted the September Sale this year, expanding Book 1 to comprise the first four sessions of the sale. As a result, there are no comparable session figures for 2012.
Through the first three sessions, a total of 404 yearlings have brought $111,511,000, for an average of $276,017, and a median of $200,000.
“It was a very good sale from start to finish, from top to bottom,” said Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. “We were hoping to get as many buyers in here as possible to be able to sort through these horses and establish their value. I think every day has accomplished that, and today exceeded that.”
Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, the session-topping filly sold to Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm.
“She’s absolutely beautiful,” Pope said. “A stellar pedigree, a stellar family… We’re gonna run in the footsteps of her daddy and her mother, and her brothers. She’ll be a delight to have and something to go along with (Horse of the Year) Havre de Grace and (Grade 1 winner) Plum Pretty (both of whom Pope purchased after their racing careers). After she becomes a famous racehorse, she’ll fit right in.”
Pope said she expected bidding on the filly to reach $2 million.
“She, to me, is the standout of the sale as far as the fillies go,” Pope said. “We tried to buy a couple other fillies and couldn’t get it done. But this one was actually my pick of the sale, so we’re very happy. She’ll have a great home and she’ll have the best of everything. I’m sure whichever trainer that gets her will be a wonderful trainer that will take good care of her.”
Four other yearlings were sold for $1 million or more during the session. The leading buyer for the third consecutive session was Shadwell Estate Company, Ltd., which purchased six horses for $3,025,000. The session’s leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, who sold 17 horses for $5,575,000.
Thursday marks the final day of Book 1. No sale will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, and the sale will resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The September Sale continues through Saturday, Sept. 21, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.