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A $370,000 son of Elusive Quality topped Sunday's session at Keeneland

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Gains continue to be recorded at Keeneland

THE Keeneland September Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, continued to generate positive momentum on Sunday with yet another day of across-the-board increases.

The day saw 281 yearlings sell for a total of $21,625,000, up five per cent from 2011. The average increased nine per cent to $76,957 while the median leapt 20 per cent to $60,000.

Sunday's session boosted the cumulative aggregate for the sale to $180,269,000 for 1,232 horses sold. The average is running four per cent above last year's figure at $146,322 and the median of $100,000 is unchanged (the 2011 cumulative figures take into account two select sessions instead of one)

"We were up in every category today, and the cumulative not-sold rate is nearly dead-even with last year (25.78 per cent compared to 25.69 percent in 2011)," said Walt Robertson, vice president of sales at Keeneland. "It was very busy in the barn area as lots of buyers were out inspecting Monday horses. So we look forward to continuing this strong pace into the second week of sale."

A colt by Elusive Quality commanded the day's top price when selling to Winchell Thoroughbreds for $370,000. KatieRich Farms consigned the colt, who is out of the Awesome Again mare Distinctively, a daughter of champion Heavenly Prize and thus a half-sister to graded stakes winners Good Reward and Pure Prize.

Donato Lanni signed the ticket for $350,000 for a colt by Sky Mesa. Consigned by Monticule, the colt is out of the Silver Deputy mare Mettle and a half-brother to stakes winner Arch Traveler.




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