09/23/2010 7:21PM

$95,000 filly tops strong Keeneland session

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A filly by Malibu Moon sold for $95,000 on Thursday during the 11th session of the 14-day Keeneland September yearling sale to top all horses sold in the session. Prices Thursday remained far stronger than the comparable session last year and total sales for the auction surpassed last year’s total, with three days still remaining.

The $95,000 filly, out of the Dixieland Band mare Perdition, is from the family of Snow Ridge, a Grade 1 stakes winner. Eisaman Equine purchased the filly from the consignment of Gainesway, as agent. It was the second straight day that a filly had topped the session.

Overall on Thursday, 294 horses sold for gross proceeds of $4,212,100. Average was $14,327 and median was $9,000. For the comparable 11th session last year, average was $10,224 and median was $7,000. Last year, sales prices plummeted as the bloodstock market suffered through its worst contraction in several decades.

Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 2,387 horses so far during the mammoth sale for gross proceeds of $192,884,100, a number that surpasses the gross proceeds for the entire 14-day sale last year. Average has been $80,806, and median has been $40,000.

Two other horses sold for $85,000 during the session. The first was a a colt by Mineshaft out of the Forty Niner mare Date Stone, purchased by Jerry Romans from the Gainesway consignment, as agent. Date Stone’s six winners include Deputy Warlock, a stakes winner.

The other was a filly by Giacomo out of the Fappiano mare Tatiani. Jerry and Ann Moss, who owned Giacomo during his racing career, bought the filly from Bluewater Sales, agent.