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Top lot on Saturday was a colt by Elusive Quality who fetched $425,000

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

 

Figures up through session six at Keeneland

AFTER the dark day off between session on Friday, selling resumed in session six on Saturday at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.

Now operating at a different end of the market than earlier in the week the top priced lot was a colt by Elusive Quality, who sold for $425,000.

On Saturday, 280 horses sold for $20,613,500, a 24 per cent increase from the same day a year ago when 284 yearlings brought $16,636,500. The session average of $73,620 was up 25.6 per cent from $58,579 in 2010, while the median increased to $51,000.

By end of the session, 1,033 horses have sold for $165,830,000, an increase of 4.5 per cent from $158,624,000 in 2010.  The average has risen so far by 24 per cent from $129,489 to $160,532.  The median of $110,000 is up 37.5 per cent from last year’s $80,000.

Bloodstock agent John Moynihan signed the ticket on behalf of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables for the session-topping Elusive Quality colt. Out of the Saint Ballado mare Pinafores Pride, the colt is a half-brother to multiple Canadian graded stakes winner Southdale. He was consigned by Anderson Farms, agent for Ron Ferguson.

“We knew we had a nice colt, and he’s just done everything right from the beginning,” said David Anderson. “This has just been a great horse sale. We had a lot of lookers. We just couldn’t be more thrilled for the Fergusons. They’ve been in the game a long time and this is a real beauty.”

Overseas buyers were still active and BBA (Ireland), David Redvers Bloodstock, Hugo Merry and the Hong Kong Jockey Club all signed for yearlings, the HKJC picking up a Stormy Atlantic colt for $200,000. Yeomanstown Stud bought a Hard Spun colt for $110,000 and Mocklershill purchased consecutive lots by Speightstown andRaven's Pass.

Trainer Bob Baffert, on behalf of Mike Pegram, bought two of the day’s highest-priced yearlings, paying $400,000 for a filly by War Pass and $300,000 for a colt by Indian Charlie.

Consigned by Lane’s End, agent, the War Pass filly is a half-sister to stakes winner Striking Tomisue, and is from the family of Chimes Of Freedom and champion sprinter and sire Aldebaran. TheIndian Charlie colt, consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, is a half-brother to stakes-placed Pretty Katherine and from the family of champion Althea.

The September Sale continues through Saturday, September 24. 

 

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