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More increases on Keeneland day three

WEDNESDAY'S first session of the lower-quality Book 2 of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale produced just one six-figure lot but recorded a 12 per cent increase in turnover and five per cent rise in average compared to the same day's trading last year.

Receipts from the select Book 1 on Monday and Tuesday had produced a nine per cent increase in turnover and 13 per cent increase in average in 2010.

On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 227 horses for $2,878,150, for an average of $12,679 and a median of $7,000. Last year, 211 horses brought $2,560,100, for an average of $12,133 and a median of $5,500.

The increases come after two years of market crashes at Keeneland January. In 2010, turnover dropped by 27 per cent and the average by oneper cent, while in 2009, each figure for urnover, average and median were down by between 44 and 54 per cent on the preceding year.

Grade 2-placed broodmare prospect Cuvee Uncorked topped the session when bought by Glencrest Farm and the mare's co-breeder Bill Betz for $135,000.

Cuvee Uncorked - a five-year-old daughter of Cuvee - was trained by Timothy Walters to win a stakes race at Aqueduct and run third in two Grade 2 races, the Top FlightHandicap and Barbara Fritchie Handicap.

She is out of the winning With Approval mare Sealedwithapproval, herself a daughter of Grade 2-placed stakes winner Looking For A Win.

Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes winner Bully Bones, offered in foal to Tapit, brought the day's second-highest price of $87,000 from Eagle Stone Thoroughbreds.

Japan's Teruya and Katsumi Yoshida, who bought $1.4 million Ave and $800,000 Wickedly Perfect, as well as two other six-figure mares in Book 1, were absent from the buyers' list on Wednesday.

The Keeneland January Sale continues on Thursday and concludes on Friday.






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