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Downturn continues in Keeneland Book 4

BOOK 4 of the Keeneland September yearling sale concluded on Tuesday, with no end to the severe declines in receipts in sight.

Turnover of $9,744,700 for 274 horses sold was 31 per cent down on the same day last year, when 270 yearlings sold for $14,116,400.

Giant's Causeway stallion

Giant's Causeway sired the top lot

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

The average of $35,565 was down by 32 per cent on last year's figure of $52,283, and the median decreased 38 per cent from $40,000 to $25,000.

The top price in the session was $260,000, given by pinhooking partnership All The Rage Partners for an Adena Springs-consigned Giant's Causeway colt out of multiple Graded stakes winner Smok'n Frolic.

Smok'n Frolic, a daughter of Smoke Glacken, was bought as a broodmare prospect as a five-year-old by Adena Springs for $1,250,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November Sale. She was sold again to Shadai Farm for $750,000 four years later.

Hartley/De Renzo snapped up the second-most expensive lot on the day, a $230,000 Sky Mesa colt out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Boardroom Special, from the family of Blue Grass Stakes winner and sire Wild Syn.

With Book 4 completed, the running aggregate for the sale stands at $171,778,500, down 42 per cent from the same point in 2008. The cumulative average is 35 per cent down, and the median is down 42 per cent.





King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470