09/19/2007 11:00PM

$475K Distorted Humor filly keeps sale rolling

EmailLed by a $475,000 Distorted Humor filly, day nine of Keeneland’s 14-day September yearling sale in Lexington, Ky., rang up increases across the board, including double-digit gains in average and median, on Wednesday.

McCarthy and Hertrich Livestock of Lexington picked up the highest-priced yearling of the day, a daughter of Group 3-placed Mysteries, by Seattle Slew. The bay filly was consigned by Calumet Farm and is a half-sister to Hishi Akebono, Agnes World, and My Sea Castles, as well as to the dam of Librettist and Dubai Destination.

Her price continued a strong run for young sires, including Distorted Humor, whose progeny so far have averaged $396,621 with a $295,000 median at this auction, according to SireAverages.com.

The Wednesday session sold 286 yearlings for $14,670,600, up 21 percent from last year’s ninth day. The 2007 average price of $51,296 was up 24 percent, and the $42,000 median increased by 40 percent.

Cumulative results were still mixed, after a softer market than last year at the auction’s opening two select sessions. Through Wednesday, the sale had sold 2,269 yearlings for $354,731,200, down six percent from last year, when 2,316 horses had sold. The cumulative average was lower by four percent at $156,338. But the median showed an increase, rising 13 percent to $90,000.

The two-week auction,which cataloged a record 5,553 yearlings in 2007, was to continue through Sept. 25 with sessions starting daily at 10 a.m. in the Keeneland sale pavilion.Led by a $475,000 Distorted Humor filly, day nine of Keeneland’s 14-day September yearling sale in Lexington, Ky., rang up increases across the board, including double-digit gains in average and median, on Wednesday.

McCarthy and Hertrich Livestock of Lexington picked up the highest-priced yearling of the day, a daughter of Group 3-placed Mysteries, by Seattle Slew. The bay filly was consigned by Calumet Farm and is a half-sister to Hishi Akebono, Agnes World, and My Sea Castles, as well as to the dam of Librettist and Dubai Destination.

Her price continued a strong run for young sires, including Distorted Humor, whose progeny so far have averaged $396,621 with a $295,000 median at this auction, according to SireAverages.com.

The Wednesday session sold 286 yearlings for $14,670,600, up 21 percent from last year’s ninth day. The 2007 average price of $51,296 was up 24 percent, and the $42,000 median increased by 40 percent.

Cumulative results were still mixed, after a softer market than last year at the auction’s opening two select sessions. Through Wednesday, the sale had sold 2,269 yearlings for $354,731,200, down six percent from last year, when 2,316 horses had sold. The cumulative average was lower by four percent at $156,338. But the median showed an increase, rising 13 percent to $90,000.

The two-week auction,which cataloged a record 5,553 yearlings in 2007, was to continue through Sept. 25 with sessions starting daily at 10 a.m. in the Keeneland sale pavilion.