09/17/2011 3:19PM

Keeneland sale: Pegram pays $400k for War Pass filly


LEXINGTON, Ky. – When Keeneland’s September yearling sale resumed after Friday’s dark day, it was clear that some major buyers still were hanging around with money in their pockets.

The auction’s sixth of 13 sessions had a $400,000 session-leader at of 3  p.m. Saturday. Mike Pegram bought that filly, a daughter of first-crop sire War Pass and unraced stakes producer Avenging Tomisue, by Belong to Me. The dark bay or brown filly is a half-sister to stakes-winner Striking Tomisue. The family is that of champion sprinter Aldebaran and Grade 1 winner Good Journey.

Lane’s End was the consignor.

Ann and Jerry Moss bought the session’s leading colt by price, a $250,000 Leroidesanimaux son of the Unbridled’s Song mare Songthrush. Consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, the gray or roan colt is a grandson of Virgin Michael, a stakes winner and graded-placed mare.

The Mosses also paid $230,000 for another Woods Edge consignee, a $230,000 Hard Spun colt out of Grade  2-placed Cookin Vickie, by Far Out East.

A Street Sense-Carrer Fair colt also brought a $230,000 bid from agent Julie Cauthen for Donegal Racing. Gainesway, agent, sold the half-brother to Dr. Hudson.

The sale’s first week, including the first two select sessions, put the auction ahead of last year’s figures. The first five sessions, which ended Thursday, sold 753 yearlings for $145,216,500, a 22 percent increase over the equivalent sessions in 2010. The $192,851 average price was up 18 percent, and the $150,000 median was 36 percent higher than at the same time last year. Meanwhile, buybacks fell from 32 percent to 27 percent.

Through Thursday, the auction had sold six yearlings for $1 million or more, including the $1.4 million sale leader. That was an A.P. Indy colt out of Malka that the Hill ’n’ Dale Sales agency sold to a partnership led by John Amerman and Robert “Shel” Evans.

The September sale was to continue through Sept. 24 with sessions daily from 10 a.m. in the Keeneland sale pavilion.