01/12/2017 7:34PM

Keeneland January: Fourth session trends downward

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Market fluctuation at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued into its fourth session, with numbers dropping once again after somewhat steadying the previous day.

Thursday’s session closed with 209 horses sold for revenues of $2,489,600, down 22 percent from last year’s fourth day of trade when 248 horses brought $3,204,000.

The comparable session average sale price declined 8 percent to $11,912 from $12,919, while Thursday’s median price fell 31 percent to $5,000 from $7,250.

While monetary figures saw a sharper decline in the second half of Book 2 compared with Wednesday’s session, the buyback rate reached a more palatable figure of 25 percent, compared with 33 percent the previous day. However, it still marked a significant increase from last year’s fourth session when 15 percent of offerings finished under reserve.

One horse brought six figures on Thursday, compared with two during last year’s fourth session. The number of horses sold for $50,000 or more went unchanged at 11.

Topping the session was Dixie Victory, a 6-year-old broodmare prospect by Dixie Union who sold to Willow Wood for $100,000.

The chestnut mare finished her on-track career with two wins in 17 starts for earnings of $53,480 racing in the Mid-Atlantic. She was claimed for $10,000 by Bull O’ The Woods Stables in her final start on Sept. 25 at Laurel Park, having previously raced every start for owner Kelly Racing and trainer Timothy Keefe.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Dixie Victory is out of the Grade 1-winning Artax mare Friendly Michelle, whose six winners from seven runners includes Grade 2-placed stakes winner Bonita Bianca. The extended family includes Grade 2 winner Kathmanblu.

Dixie Victory previously brought $110,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Shawhan Place consigned Dixie Victory at the Keeneland January sale, as agent.

The offering of short yearlings was topped by a first-crop Goldencents filly who sold to Robertson Q. H., Inc, for $67,000.

The bay filly is out of the unplaced Limehouse mare High School Skinny, whose two foals to race are both winners. Grade 3 winner Halo’s Image can be found on her page.

Susan M. Forrester and 4M Ranch bred the filly in Kentucky, and Forrester consigned her as agent.

Lookin at Lucky, a resident of Ashford Stud, finished Thursday’s session as the leading covering sire by gross, as well as by average among those with three or more in-utero mares sold. He was represented by four mares who brought a total of $85,000 and an average of $21,375.

Four Star Sales was the day’s top consignor, with 43 horses sold for a combined $447,300. The operation accounted for three of the day’s top ten prices, led by the $55,000 Designed for War, a winning 5-year-old son of War Front who sold to Three Diamonds Farm as a racing or stallion prospect.

Willow Wood was the day’s leading buyer with the lone purchase of the session-topper.

At the end of the fourth session, a total of 790 horses sold for $27,479,100, down 18 percent from the same point last year when 843 horses brought $33,672,900. The average was down 13 percent to $34,784 from $39,944 and the median was behind 7 percent at $14,000 from $15,000. The buyback rate tracked at 32 percent, up from 24 percent.

The Keeneland January sale concludes on Friday, with a session beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.