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Big Brown: the freshman sire has four lots on offer at Keeneland

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Keeneland two-year-old auction takes place today

KEENELAND today hosts its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at 4pm local time (9pm GMT).

161 horses have been catalogued for the one-day auction and they breezed on Thursday.

The fastest time for a furlong was 9.4 seconds, recorded by five colts - hips 9 (by Lemon Drop Kid), 11(Tiznow), 46 (Giant's Causeway), 108 (Elusive Quality) and 117 (Mr Greeley) - and two fillies - hips 101 (by Teuflesberg) and 117 (Mr Greeley).

The quickest 2f was 20.2 seconds, recorded by hip 144, a colt by Speightstown.

Tapit has the largest draft among the sires, with ten on offer, with Unbridled's Song holding the second largest representation with seven.

Freshman sire Big Brown, who provided the $1.3million colt who topped last month's Fasig-Tipton Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Palm Meadows, has four in the catalogue.

Lots with European interest include hip 75, an Irish-bred first-crop daughter of Duke Of Marmalade from thefamily of Balthazaar's Gift, and a filly and a colt (hips 51 and 142) by the John Gosden-trained Breeders' Cup Classic hero Raven's Pass.

Also hip 45, an Elusive Quality colt out of a Green Desert half-sister to Barathea and Gossamer,and hip 113, a Dynaformer colt out of Yorkshire Oaks winner Catchascatchan and thus a half-brother to Railway Stakes winner Antonius Pius.

At last year's sale, Keeneland sold 70 horses for $11,564,000, at an average of $165,200 and median of $130,000.

In 2010, 71 horses were sold for gross receipts of $12,013,000, for an average of $169,197 and median of $135,000.

Last year's top price was $625,000, paid by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables fora colt by War Front.





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