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$300,000 Afleet Alex colt lights up Keeneland

THE declines continued to roll in as the Keeneland September Sale in Kentucky reached its halfway stage on Monday.

All told, 277 yearlings were sold for a total of $11,091,800, a significant decline of 41 per cent. The session's average also dropped markedly by 40 per cent to $40,043 as did the median of $27,000, which represented a fall of 46 per cent. The clearance rate was 75 per cent.

So far, 1,473 yearlings have changed hands during the marathon sale for a total of $162,033,800, which is down 42 per cent from the same stage last year. The average has fallen 34 per cent to $110,003 while the median has dropped 35 per cent to $65,000.

Trainer Tim Ritchey secured Monday's session topper, a son of US leading first crop sire Afleet Alex from the family of Secreto, for $300,000. Ritchey, who trained Afleet Alex to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, was acting on behalf of CJZ Stable.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the colt is out of the unraced Unbridled mare Catch the Moment.

A brother to Tremont Stakes winner Out Of Gwedda, by Out Of Place, also provoked some spirited bidding, selling to Bruce Headley for $240,000.







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