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Yearlings dominate on strong January third day
Yearlings dominated the Wednesday session of Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale, accounting for the day's top three prices, led by the $180,000 paid by Glen Hill Farm for a filly by leading sire Kitten's Joy.
Out of the stakes-placed Danzig mare Garden Spot, the session-topping filly is from the family of Horse of the Year and top sire Mineshaft.
Irish agent Tim Hyde paid the day's second-highest price of $140,000 for a colt by Candy Ride out of Princess Consort, by Dixieland Band.
Both yearlings were consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Wednesday's session saw 263 horses sold for $4,255,900, an increase of 47.8 per cent on 2011 when 227 horses brought $2,878,150.
The average was $16,182 rose, 27.6 per cent up on last year's $12,679. The median price of $7,500 was up 7.1 per cent and the RNA rate was down 30.3 per cent. The figures are consistent with the healthy trade recorded on the first two days.
"The market continues to show considerable consistency and strength," said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. "For the third consecutive session, we've achieved significant increases in gross, average and median accompanied by much lower RNA rates. In general, consignors and buyers both seem pleased with the current marketplace."
After three of four days, Keeneland has sold 750 horses for turnover of $34,371,200, up 52.9 perc ent compared to $22,478,350 for 619 horses in 2011. The average has increased 26.2 percent from last year's $36,314 to $45,828, while the median of $20,000 is up 53.8 per cent on the 2011 figure of $13,000.