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Empire Maker colt heads fourth day of Keeneland

JAPANESE money was again the driving force behind trade at the Keeneland September Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, on Thursday.

Thanks to a favourable exchange rate, buyers from Japan have been a prominent force throughout the week and on Thursday it was Shigeyuki Okada of Big Red Farm who made the most of the situation when going to $1.1 million for the day's topper, a son of Empire Maker from Peter O'Callaghan's Woods Edge Farm.

The colt brought the number of million dollar yearlings for the week to seven, an improvement from the six sold last year.

"In another country, like Japan or Australia, I think he could have cost more money," said Okada, who recently secured Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another to stand at Big Red Farm.

"He'll go back to Japan. He has very good conformation and strong muscle. I also liked his temperament, he took everything well.

From the final American crop of former Juddmonte stallion Empire Maker, who was sold to stand in Japan in late 2010, the colt is out of Grade 2 winner Lu Ravi and a three-parts brother to Listed winner Ravi's Song. He was the first seven-figure yearling sold by Woods Edge Farm, who consigned on behalf of breeder Nakago Fujita.




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