Updated on 09/15/2011 12:37PM

$3.7 million filly tops Kee Tuesday session

Bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne, left, talks with Coolmore's John Magnier. On behalf of Magnier and Michael Tabor, O'Byrne purchased the sale-topper at the two-day Keeneland July Sale, a $4 million Saint Ballado-Charm a Gendarme colt.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Pushed along by a $3.7 million Seeking the Gold-Escena filly and 10 other yearlings selling for $1 million or more on Tuesday night, the Keeneland July selected yearling sale ended its two-day run with a new record average price of $710,247. That beat last year's record by 14 percent.

Tuesday's session-topper went to Richard Santulli's Jayeff B Stables, represented by Lexington bloodstock agent Reynolds Bell, Jr. Carig Bandoroff's Denali Stud agency sold the filly for breeders Guy and Diane Snowden. The $3.7 million price tag made the dark bay filly the highest-priced filly of the sale.

The overall sale-topper was Monday night's $4 million Saint Ballado--Charm a Gendarme colt. Demi O'Byrne purchased the colt on behalf of Michael Tabor and John Magnier. Taylor Made Sales Agency sold the sale-topper for Aaron and Marie Jones.

Overall, the two-day auction sold 89 lots for gross revenue of $63,212,000, down 22 percent from last year, when 130 horses sold in a larger catalog.

Firty-three yearlings failed to bring their reserve prices and were unsold.

This year's catalog, with a record-low entry of 164 horses, undoubtedly helped boost the average price, but so did Tuesday night's bullish buying.

The most prolific buyer by far was John Ferguson, acting as agent for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team. Ferguson, who was outbid several times Monday night by Demi O'Byrne, took advantage of the O'Byrne's inactivity on Tuesday and purchased nine lots for $16,325,000. That total made him the auction's

leading buyer.

Among the lots Ferguson bought for Godolphin were a $3.6 million Mr. Prospector--Nuryette colt, a $3 million Storm Cat--Inca Legacy filly, a $2.4 million Storm Cat--Memories of Silver colt, and a $2 million Seeking the Gold--Heraklia colt.

The Thoroughbred Corp. also made a substantial purchase, bidding $2.6 million for a Saint Ballado--Katies (Ire) filly.

Taylor Made Sales Ageny was the leading seller, grossing $15,130,000 for both sessions.