05/08/2017 11:46AM

Always Dreaming part of star-studded Keeneland September session

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Always Dreaming sold for $350,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.

The opening session of the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale was just more than an hour old when a bay colt from the first crop of Bodemeister walked into the ring and ultimately sold for $350,000 to agent Steven W. Young out of the Dromoland Farm consignment.

Less than two years later, Always Dreaming became the most expensive of three graduates of Keeneland’s signature auction who have won the Kentucky Derby since 2000. I’ll Have Another (2012) sold for $11,000 to Victor M. Davila before being pinhooked as a 2-year-old, and War Emblem (2002) sold for $22,000 to L.R. Springer.

Graduates of the 2015 September sale opener had a productive Saturday at Churchill Downs. The third horse through the ring that session was Arklow, the winner of the Grade 2 American Turf on the Derby undercard for Donegal Racing, which landed the Arch colt for $160,000.

Others to emerge from that session include multiple graded stakes winner Unique Bella, sold for $400,000 to Don Alberto Corp., and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner New Money Honey, sold for $450,000 to agent Mike Ryan.