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Keeneland September Sale: day five highlights

Lot 1187  - That's allfolks. The session closes with 197 out of the 325 horses offered finding news homes for a gross of  $23,234,000 and an average of $117,939, the weakest so far of the three days of Book 2.

Lot 1183 - A rarity indeed. Demi O'Byrne  pays $435,000 for a son of Darley US sire Street Sense.

Lot 1123 - It's not all about the big bucks. A daughter of Corinthian sells for just $3,000 and a daughter of Elusive Quality for $9,000 within four lots of each other.
Lot 1082 - The highest price of the night is matched when George Bolton secures a daughter of Smart Strike for $550,000. Bolton, of course, was a one-time partner in Smart Strike's most famous son Curlin and bought another colt by that sire earlier in the week for $1 million.

Lot 1050 - John Ferguson is on the buyers' list again. It's a $150,000 colt by another Darley sire, Bernardini, and a half-brother to Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek. Freshman Bernardini has made a flying start to his stud career, especially with his British runners who include smart Theyskens' Theory, Biondetti and Treasury Devil.

Lot 1024 - Another half-sister to an outstanding Grade 1 winner doesn't fare so well. This Van Nistelrooy half-sister to Harlan's Holiday is sold to Tim Thornton for just $14,000.

Lot 1027 - Patinack Farm, aka Australian mining magnate Nathan Tinkler, signs for 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's half-sister by Stormy Atlantic. The filly's price tag is $110,000.

Lot 1015 - Shadwell swoops for its second purchase today. Hamdan Al Maktoum's operation pays $300,000 for a colt from the first crop of Darley's American-based sire Hard Spun, out of a half-sister to four winners including Grade 1 Test Stakes runner-up Penny's Reshoot.

Lot 1011 - A colt with a well-known European pedigree sells for $100,000 to Tony Holmes. He is by Sea The Stars's sire Cape Cross and out of Maskunah, an unraced half-sister to Warrsan, Luso and Needle Gun. That makes him a brother to recent September Stakes winner Laaheb.

Lot 999 - It's not all good news for vendors. Lot 999, a Henny Hughes colt out of Grade 3 runner-up Mama Deanmakes just $1,000; lot 1010, a filly also by Henny Hughes and from the family of Kentucky Dynamite, sell for $1,000; and lot 1013, a Dixie Union colt, brings $4,000. Prices you'd expect to see more in the double-figure September sale sessions.

Lot 1000 - Sheikh Mohammed's principal bloodstock buyer John Ferguson is on the buyers' list for the first time in the fifth session, going to $200,000 to secure this colt by Darley sireStreet Cry out of stakes winner Mama Nadine, herself a daughter of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Countess Diana.

Lot 991 - Zayat adds a $180,000 Street Cry colt out of Grade 2 winner Magicalmysterycat to his $550,000 purchase.

Lot 985 - Zayat Stables pay $550,000 for a Smart Strike colt making him the most expensive yearling of the session so far. Consigned by Gainesway,the colt is out of Madame Thor, also dam of black-type winner Star Defender and daughter of mulitple group race winner Broad Dynamite.

Lot 978 - A son of More Than Ready becomes the fourth yearling of the session to make $240,000. Bought by Live Oak Plantation, the colt is the second son of Aristocratic Lady whose first foal is yet to race.

Lot 952 - A second yearling in half an hour is knocked down at $350,000. Unusually it has already been named - Life's A Roar -  and the son of Lion Heart and Lifeinthefastlane has been secured by Reynolds Bell.

Lot 928 - The highest price of the day so far comes when a daughter of Tiznow is led out on a bid of $350,000. Consigned by Taylor Made, she is bought by Westrock Stables and is out of a half-sister to to Tiznow's  Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John. In a sale dominated by relative newcomers, Westrock, which is run by Scott Ford and  first become involved only last year when buying at the American two-year-old sales. Ford is a former president of communications giant Onetell.

Lot 897 - Yearlings by two Darley US first season sires both make $240,000 within half an hour of each other. The first, by Bernardini and out of Grade 2 winner Kettleoneup, goes to  Whitehorse Stables and trainer Nick Zito. Then Sheikh Hamdan secures a son of Henny Hughes out of the Capote mare Lady Cruella, whose progeny include multiple Graded Stakes winner Leah's Secret. Meanwhile, a daughter of another US-based Darley sire, Street Cry, also makes $240,000 and is bound for Japan.

Lot 884 - The $300,000 mark is reached when agent Ben Glass secures a son of Pulpit, who is a half-brother to Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck. But a striking number of lots failing to reach their reserve is highlighted when a half-brother by Grade 2 winner Posse to this year's Frizette and Mother Goose Stakes winner Devil May Care is led out unsold at $340,000.

Lot 867 - David Redvers becomes thesecond European agent within the first four lots to secure a six-figure purchase when paying $100,000 for a daughter of Distorted Humor out of the Lowther Stakes-second Jemima. Earlier, Hugo Merry paid $115,000 for a filly by Mr Greeley who comes from the famous family of, among others, Ajdal, Arazi, and Noverre.





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