Aggregate falls by over
65 per cent on day two
THE Keeneland January went into freefall on Tuesday with the aggregate achieved on day two of the sale dropping by 66 per cent compared with day two in 2008.
The fall from $27,088,200 to $9,145,700 was compounded by a fall in average from $113,340 to $43,551, also a fall of over 60 per cent, while the median fell by 55 per cent.
If looking at the running totals for the first two sessions the figures are a little better but still represent declines by over a half compared to last year - the aggregate has fallen by 56 per cent, theaverage and median are both down by 54 per cent.
However, the Keeneland executive is maintaining positive.
"You can't really compare breeding stock sales; last year we sold three $1 million horses onthis day. However, when you consider this as a sale within a sale, it was very good. The auctioneers, as well as consignors and buyers, said this session had a stronger feel to it when compared with yesterday. There was spirited bidding for the quality horses," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales.
The top-priced lot on day two was the stakes-winning mare Vestrey Lady, in foal to Broken Vow. She fetched a top price of $300,00o.
Nobuo Tsunoda, a director of the Shadai Stallion Farm, Japan, bought the six-year-old who is by Vicar out of the Kris S mare Episode. She is from the family of Street Sense and graded stakes winner and sire Mr. Greeley. She was consigned by Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), agent.
Eaton Sales, as agent for an undisclosed client, paid the day's second-highest price of $290,000 for Rose of Killarney. She was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect and the four-year-old Proud Citizen filly is a half-sister to recent Hollywood Starlet (G1) winner and Breeders' Cup third winner Laragh. She was consigned by Warrendale Sales.