KEENELAND SALES BLOG
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Keeneland September - Book 2 as it happens
Book 2 day one statistics
Sold: 186 (68%)
Average: $173,333 (+6%)
Median: $150,000 (+18%)
No. $500k lots: 4
Leading consignor: Taylor Made Sales Agency, 16 sold for a total of $3.18 million
TOP FIVE LOTS ($)
|402||c Tapit - Tempting Note||Stonestreet Stables||700,000|
|213||c Giant's Causeway - Questress||Maverick Racing||550,000|
|349||f Tiznow - Storminthegarden||Shadwell Estate Co., Ltd||500,000|
|208||c Tapit - Que Belle||Demi O'Byrne||500,000|
|364||f Pulpit - Stylish Wildcat||Martin Anthony||450,000|
LEADING BUYERS BY AGGREGATE
|Name||No. bought||Aggregate ($)||Average ($)|
|Shadwell Estate Co.||8||2.16 million||270,000|
|Steven W. Young||5||1.625 million||325,000|
|Stonestreet Stable||3||1.31 million||436,667|
|Maverick Racing||3||1.09 million||363,333|
LEADING SIRES BY AVERAGE
|Name||No. sold||Aggregate ($)||Average ($)|
|Malibu Moon||11||1.965 million||178,636|
|Distorted Humor||7||1.955 million||217,222|
Statement from Keeneland's vice president of sales Walt Robertson: "It was a good day of selling. The clearance rate might not have been as good as we would have liked but the average and median were up. I thought it was pretty solid throughout."
Lot 426 - a rare American representative of the Grade 1 Forego Stakes winner Pyro, a colt out of Tres Tres Joli, sells to West Point Thoroughbreds for $140,000. The colt is from the first crop of his sire, a son of Pulpit who stands at Darley Japan for the equivalent of £12,300.
Runnymede Farm, which has dabbled in Japanese bloodstock for several years, bred and sold the colt. They will offer a filly from the first crop of Sir Michael Stoute's top notch middle-distance runner Conduit, also now standing in Japan, on Thursday.
Lot 402 - The new session-topper is a son of Tapit, consigned - like the $550,000 son of Giant's Causeway - by Gainesway. Agent John Moynihan secures the colt for $700,000 on behalf of Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbreds.
"There's a lot to like about this horse," said Moynihan of the colt who is out of the Listed-placed Tempting Note, by the Belmont Stakes hero Editor's Note.
"He's a really good representation of Tapit. He has a sister, Dance Card, who was an expensive two-year-old [$750,000 purchase by John Ferguson] last year. She's now a winner and is going to run back in a stakes next week where she should be tough. The mare has been to Tapit twice before and has bred two stakes horses."
In addition to Dance Card, Tempting Note is also the dam of the Grade 2-placed Tempted To Tapit.
Lot 349 - a Tiznow filly out of a half-sister to the dam of David Junior becomes the third yearling to hit the $500,000 mark today when selling to Shadwell. She is the seventh purchase of the sale so far for the leading buyer Shadwell, who have secured seven yearlings worth $1.96 million.
The filly was sold by Mandy Pope, the purchaser of yesterday's $1.1 million A P Indy filly, through Sweezey and Partners.
T. Wayne Sweezey was extremely pleased with the result, saying: "We knew we had a really good filly but Mandy was very brave and put a fair reserve on her because otherwise she would have raced her. But that was blown away and it was an excellent sale. We're delighted."
The Arch colt (307) who kicked the ring barrier and walked out lame after selling for $425,000 is still being monitored for injury, according to his buyer Steven Young.
"It could have been a lot worse," he said. "He's got a minor abrasion on his hind and he's sore but we appeared to have dodged a bullet - it's never a good thing to see the horse you're bidding on holding its leg in the air.
"He took a bad step and I guess he just got a dead leg. He's now bearing weight on it and we'll have to have another look at him in the morning."
Of the colt's appeal, Young said: "He's a lovely colt bred on a desirable cross of Arch over Seeking The Gold, which is the same cross as Archwarrior [one of this season's talking juveniles in the US who recently won his debut at Saratoga]."
He added: "I've been busy enough here and it seems that if you go in for a nice horse, there'll always been someone in there to bid against you."
Lot 320 - one of the most desirable lots on paper today, a Tale Of The Cat daughter of Sir Henry Cecil's 1,000 Guineas heroine Sleepytime, is bought by Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock for $310,000 with an eye to the future.
The filly, bred by Tenth Street Stables LLC and sold by Taylor Made Sales Agency, will carry the colours of Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan before joining his broodmare band.
She is the tenth foal out of Sleepytime, whose four winners include Winter Derby winner Gentleman's Deal and Listed heroine Dame Ellen. In turn, Sleepytime is one of three Group 1 winners out of Alidiva alongside Ali-Royal and Taipan.
"She goes back to Europe but I don't know yet who will train her," said Brown. "That was my last bid and we're delighted to get her. She's a very attractive filly and when the time comes she'll make a wonderful broodmare.
"Tale Of The Cat has also been lucky for me - I''ve bought three and they've all won. I own one, Stars To Shine, in partnership and she won the Group 3 Ontario Matron Stakes in Canada earlier this year and runs in a Grade 2 this weekend."
Lot 307 - Steven Young continues a productive day with the $425,000 purchase of an Arch colt bred on the same Seeking The Gold cross as the stallion's top runner Blame. Consigned by Claiborne Farm, the colt is the first winner out of Sidle, a winning half-sister to Grade 1 winner Stroll.
His sale was not without incident, however. The colt knocked a hind leg while trying to jump through the ring barrier and was led out lame.
Arch was also responsible for a filly (302) who was sold minutes earlier to Hugo Merry for $250,000. David Redvers, who has bought three yearlings worth $695,000 so far today, was the underbidder.
What they're saying:
"Last night was very strong. I thought there was a good, widespread variety of buyers. We didn't have anything in that first session, but it looked very good. Our barn activity has been good for the Book 2 horses. We've had a lot of people by; we've stayed very steady. I'm very happy." Mark Toothaker, consignor
"I hope today, tomorrow and the next day are as spirited as it was on Monday. I don't think there is that much difference in the physical attributes of the [Book 2] horses [compared with Book 1]. They are as nice or nicer than the ones that sold yesterday." Charles Boden, head of sales for Darley
Still no activity from John Ferguson - who accounted for $8.87 million worth of yearlings last year - although Richard O'Gorman signed at $500,000 for a Smart Strike colt last night.
So far today, 68 per cent of horses offered have changed hands at an average of $163,863.
Lot 213 - colts with stallion pedigrees seem to be the order of the day with WinStar Farm signing at $550,000 for a Giant's Causeway half-brother to successful sire Pomeroy under the name Maverick Racing.
Sold by Gainesway on behalf of breeder Shell Bloodstock, the colt is not only a half-brother to Pomeroy, winner of the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes, but also closely related to this season's leading three-year-old filly Contested.
"He has a stallion's pedigree," explained WinStar president Elliott Walden. "Giant's Causeway has some good sons at stud and this colt is a half-brother to a horse [Pomeroy] who is doing a nice job in Florida. This is a really nice colt so we thought we'd take a shot.
"The idea is to pick up some colts who could one day complement our stallion operation. The market is strong."
Lot 208 - Demi O'Byrne spent $910,000 yesterday and returns to the fray today with the $500,000 purchase of a Tapit colt.
Coolmore's new acquisition owns fair prospects of becoming effective on turf since he is out of German champion Que Belle but his future lies in the US with Todd Pletcher.
"Todd Pletcher already has two Tapits for us," said O'Byrne of the half-brother to the Group/Grade 3 winners Osidy and Quetsche. "He was a very good-moving horse and I thought he'd make around that."
He added: "I thought yesterday's sale was really strong."
Lot 189 - today's offering by Sea The Stars, a filly out of the Group 3-placed Premiere Creation, is bought back at $230,000. Dromoland Farm consigned the filly on behalf of breeder S F Bloodstock.
Lot 150 - an Awesome Again colt with serious sire potential should he be able to run sells for $400,000 to agent Steven Young.
Sold by Claiborne Farm, the colt is out of a winning A P Indy sister to the farm's stalwart stallion Pulpit.
"I was hoping to get him for a little less - though you always do - but I thought he was a very special Awesome Again," said Young. "He's raised at the right place [Claiborne Farm] to be a good horse and he has a bottom line of serious sire potential. If he can run, you would get paid in multiples for a colt with a stallion family like that."
Lot 149 - Metropolitan Handicap winner Divine Park stands for just $10,000 but his Keeneland September yearling average currently stands at $380,000 following the sale of a filly to Sierra Farm for $260,000.
Last night, Divine Park was represented by a filly (81) who sold to Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $500,000.
The key to Divine Park's strong start to this sale lies in the support given to him by Brereton Jones, who stands the son of Chester House at his Airdrie Stud in Kentucky. Jones often strongly supports his stallions - he has bred the best runners by Proud Citizen (Proud Spell and Believe You Can) and Istan (Attigun) to name a few - and Divine Park is no exception.
Airdrie sold each filly, both of whom are the product of Airdrie's highly successful Don't Trick her family. Lot 81 is out of Don't Trick Her (by former Airdrie stallion Mazel Trick) and thus a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Check The Label (by past resident Stormin Fever) and Include Me Out (by another Airdrie stallion in Include).
Lot 149, meanwhile, is out of the mare's Listed winner On The Menu - by another former Airdrie stallion in Canadian Frontier.
Divine Park, who is the only son of Chester House at stud in Kentucky, has two-year-olds running for him this year and has sired three winners.
Selling starts at 11am for the first instalment of Book 2. 304 yearlings have been catalogued to sell
Possible stand-out lots today include:
189) ch f Sea The Stars - Premiere Creation: inbred 3x3 to Miswaki - whom she quite resembles - and a three-parts sister to French Group 3 winner Leo's Starlet. Bred by S F Bloodstock and consigned by Dromoland Farm
273) b f Henrythenavigator - Satin Sunrise: half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner and successful sire Lion Heart
320) b f Tale Of The Cat - Sleepytime: the latest yearling out of the 1997 1,000 Guineas heroine, the dam of Winter Derby winner Gentleman's Deal and a sister to top miler Ali-Royal
339) b f Elusive Quality - Star Of Paris: sister to Elusive City
368) b f Unbridled's Song - Summerly: daughter of the 2005 Kentucky Oaks heroine, who was acquired by this colt's breeder, WinStar Farm, for $3.3 million in 2006
379) ch f Distorted Humor - Swift Temper: first foal out of a Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap winner
384) ch f Giant's Causeway - Takesmybreathaway: the sister to Aidan O'Brien's Kilternan Stakes winner Frost Giant, now a promising first-crop sire in New York
397) b f Distorted Humor - Tee Kay: half-sister to Japanese champion Symboli Kris S
423) ch f Street Cry - Treasure Trail: first foal of a half-sister to the great Zenyatta, also by Street Cry
432) b f Tiznow - Turko's Turn: a half-sister to Horse of the Year Point Given