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Keeneland Book 1 ends with improved figures

BOOK 1 of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale saw a 9% rise in aggregate and a 13 per cent increase in  average .

“With mixed sales, you don’t know where the (top) horses are going to fall in the two days,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “That is a very successful start to the sale. I think there is a consistency in the market now that is good. We lacked a little bit of fireworks (Tuesday), but from start to finish it was good.”

Through the first two days of the sale, 392 horses have grossed $19,600,200, for an average of $50,001 and a median of $20,000.  In 2010, a total of 406 horses sold for $17,993,800 during the same period, for an average of $44,320 and a median of $20,000.

Although the sale is up overall, Tuesday’s showing was not as strong as the corresponding session last year. A total of 205 horses sold for a gross of $8,912,600, an average of $43,476, and a median of $20,000. During the second session last year, 228 horses brought $11,401,200, for an average of $50,005 and a median of $20,000.

The session toppers for both Monday and Tuesday were purchased by Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm. The operation purchased Grade 1 winner Ave for $1.4 millionon Monday and multiple Grade 2 winner Secret Gypsy for $540,000 on Tuesday.

Secret Gypsy, a six-year-old daughter of Sea of Secrets, was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent. Both she and Ave have been retired from racing and will be sentto Japan.

“She’s an absolutely gorgeous mare,” Eaton Sales’ Reiley McDonald said after Secret Gypsy topped Tuesday’s session. “I think those fellows got a great buy. I am sorry to see so many good fillies leaving the country, but it’s nice to have a good sale.”




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