Powered by the sale of 18 horses for $1 million or more, the first four days of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale – which comprise the premier Book 1 catalog – came to a close on Thursday.
The first week saw gross sales reaching $153,385,000 for 546 horses sold. Five seven-figure yearlings were sold on Thursday, topped by a War Front colt which sold for $2.5 million to become the highest-priced purchase of the sale to date.
The 18 seven-figure yearlings represent the most sold since the 2008 September Sale, when 18 yearlings were sold for $1 million or more.
“It was certainly a successful week in terms of top horses, average, gross, and buy-back percentage,” Keeneland’s Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson said.
On Thursday, 142 yearlings sold for $41,874,000, for an average of $294,887 and a median of $210,000. The average for the first four days is $280,925, and the median is $207,500.
“This is the cream of North America’s yearling crop,” Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said about the Book 1 horses. “Our goal was to get as many buyers on the grounds as we could to sort through them. We accomplished that and saw top-quality horses every day, a lot of spirited bidding, and a wide range of buyers staying from Monday through Thursday.”
M.V. Magnier, of Coolmore Stud, purchased the $2.5 million War Front colt who is out of the stakes-placed During mare Blading Gold Ring. The colt was consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm. O’Callaghan bought the colt as a weanling for $180,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
“Very nice horse,” said Magnier, whose lone purchase made him the session’s leading buyer. “He was a good mover with nice legs. We’ve been lucky with War Front. This is a good-looking horse for us.”
Sold for $1.7 million, the session’s top-priced filly was the daughter of Tiznow who is a half-sister to Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. Solis Bloodstock purchased the filly for an undisclosed client. Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of the Carson City mare Easter Bunnette.
“She’s a half to Havre de Grace to begin with; she’s an excellent physical,” said Alex Solis II, president of Solis Bloodstock. “She’s a beautiful filly. We saw her on the first day of showing, and she’s been here for five days showing and never weakened one bit. She has a great action, and she walks unbelievable. (She) goes back to a huge (producing) family.”
The session’s leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, who sold 21 horses for $6,435,000. Through the first four sessions, Taylor Made is the overall leading consignor with $18,390,000 from the sale of 68 horses.
Shadwell is the leading buyer to date with 25 yearlings acquired for $11.3 million.