Third day at Keeneland sees figures fall
THE third session at Keeneland's January Sale saw significant declines in aggregate, average and median figures in comparison with the same session last year. While day two had held up well compared with 2009, on Wednesday 211 horses were sold for a cumulative total of $2,560,100, a reduction of 42 per cent on last year. This was a similar story to the opening day's trading, where the aggregate fell by 45 per cent.
The average price fell by 37 per cent from $19,321 to $12,133, and the median dropped 45 per cent from $10,000 to $5,500. The clearance rate did however remain steady at 78 per cent from this slightly smaller catalogue, a one per cent increase on 2009.
The top lot of the day was the $220,000 Seeking The Gold mare Rachel's Star. The nine-year-old is unraced and in foal to Elusive Quality and is the dam of triple winner Citizen, by City Zip. Thoroughbred Advisory Group won the bidding for the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment.
The next top lots, both at $135,000, were the mares State Cup and Mi Chiamano Mimi. State Cup was another consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, and the five-year-old by Elusive Quality, sold in foal to Dixie Union, was bought by Coronation Investments. She is out of the Grade 2 winner Avie's Fancy and is a half-sister to St Averil and Our Cozzette, both stakes winners.
The four-year-old Mi Chiamano Mimi was bought by Vin Cox Bloodstock, and is by Came Home out of Fantasy Angel, winner of the Grade 3 Comely Stakes and a daughter of Saint Ballado.
There were two significant deals struck outside the sales ring, when the Grade 1 winners Point Ashley and Spoken Fur, both withdrawn from the January Sale, were sold privately on Tuesday. Katsumi Yoshida paid $1 million for Point Ashley, while Spoken Fur was sold to Narvick International for Symboli Stud for $500,000.