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Day 3 Keeneland September comparative results ($)

 Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  355  229  65  32,718,000  142,873  100,000
 2008  361  270  75  50,807,000  188,174  160,000

MEDAGLIA D'ORO's outstanding year on the track has been reflected time after time in the sales ring this season and it was no surprise to see him to the fore again as the sire of a $1.3m filly on day three of the Keeneland September Sale in Kentucky.

The successful bidder was Charlotte Weber of Live Oak Stud, who was purchasing her second daughter of the red hot stallion this year following the $275,000 OBS Select Sale topper in August.

"She was an obvious pick," said Bruce Hill, general manager of the Florida-based farm which campaigned Grade 1 winner My Typhoon. "You have to like everything about Medaglia d'Oro. This filly was strong, well-balanced and she's just a fantastic long term investment."

He added: "It was probably a fair price considering the market but we were at our max."

Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield consigned the filly who is a half-sister to Grade 3 winners Friel's For Real and Ryan's For Real.

The atmosphere around the grounds may have lightened throughout the day but for the third consecutive session, major declines were recorded across-the-board.

A total of 229 yearlings sold for a total of $31,718,000, which was a drop of 36 per cent, and an average of $142,873, a fall of 24 per cent. The median fell by 37.5 per cent to $100,000 while the clearance hit 65 per cent.

Day 3 top lots

 Lot  Breeding  Buyer  Price
 570  f Medaglia d'Oro - Beaties For Real  Live Oak Plantation  $1.3m
 744  fBernardini - Listen Now  Brushwood Stable  775,000
 674  c Awesome Again - Forest Secrets  Bob Baffert  625,000
 493  c Dynaformer - Stirring  Solis & Litt Racing  610,000
 794  f Exchange Rate - Passionate Bird  Cheyenne Stables  575,000

Medaglia d'Oro had earlier been represented by a colt from Eaton Sales who was secured for $475,000 by Darley representative Richard O'Gorman, and a $390,000 grandson of the Grade 1-placed Vivano who was knocked down to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock standing alongside John Gosden.

"The Medaglia d'Oro's have been very hard to buy at this sale and this was a very nice, active colt," said Goff, who was acting on behalf of an undisclosed client. "He was a lovely lengthy individual and a great walker."

Of his impressions of the sale, Goff added: "It seems to be settling down. The quality of the individuals in Book 1 was a little bit off but crops of yearlings are like bunches of grapes on a vine - you are going to have good and bad years.

"Last year's Books 1 and 2 were held prior to the collapse of the Lehman brothers. Tattersalls and Goffs were held afterwards, so hopefully they've already endured the majority of their correction. The worrying aspect of this sale was the lack of domestic buyers."

Brushwood go all the way for Bernardini filly

Brushwood Stable has been selling throughout the first three days but they switched to the other side when a Bernardini half-sister to Grade 2 winner Listen Here walked into the ring, eventually buying her for $725,000.

However, the price came as a shock to Brushwood's Michael Moran, who said: "We valued her at between $400,000 to $500,000 but mother, Elizabeth, was determined to have her. She was a beautiful filly and I hope to train her myself on behalf my family at my base in Pennsylvania."

Dynaformer colt presents 'great opportunity'

Bob Baffert later paid $625,000 for an Awesome Again colt out of Grade 1 winner Forest Secrets while the early hours of trading were lit up by a son of Dynaformer, who sold to agents Jason Litt and Alex Solis for $610,000.

The May-born colt, who was bred by Claiborne Farm from the family of With Approval, is heading to California where he will syndicated to race as the property of a partnership.

"Alex and I do a lot of work together and we both thought he was tremendous value," said Litt, who will decide the colt's trainer at a later date. "Claiborne Farm sold another son ofDynaformer, Urban Poet, here two years ago for $2.9m and we thought this colt was comparable to him. He was one of the best colts that we saw in the sale - he had tremendous presence and was very easy-moving - and Dynaformer is as good a stallion in the world as there is right now."

Although the past couple of days have been tough for vendors, it was the well-documented market correction that prompted Litt and Solis to take the plunge.

"We thought that if we were ever going to take a shot on one like this, it had to be now because this colt has the looks and pedigree to ultimately be a stallion. Several years ago, we'd wouldn't have been able to get nearhim. This market presents a great opportunity for buyers."

As the sale entered its final minutes, Cheyenne Stables paid $575,000 for a daughter of Exchange Rate while agent Jane Dunn came out best at $440,000 for an Indian Charlie half-sister to Grade 1 winner Dixie Chatter.

First strike for Zayat

Last year's fourth leading buyer, Zayat Stables, made their first purchase of the sale when going to $400,000 for a first crop son of Grade 1 winner First Samurai from Valkyre Farm.

Out of the Grade 3-placed Avaknowsthecode, the colt is a half-brother to three stakes winners including Grade 2 scorer Keyed Entry.

"The mare throws good runners and this was a very athletic colt with a great mind. He just looks like a stone cold runner," said Sobhy Sonbol, racing manager to Ahmed Zayat.

Of the colt's sire, who stands at Claiborne Farm, Sonbol said: "It's First Samurai's first crop so you never know, but he was a very good racehorse and his sire, Giant's Causeway, who is doing really well as a sire of sires, is one of the best stallions in the world. So this colt is well-bred and we hope he'll do well."

His price was later matched by another son of First Samurai from Nursery Place who was bought by Jay Em Ess Stable, and a son of Malibu Moon, who was bought by Zenyatta's owners Jerry and Ann Moss.





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