09/17/2012 7:08PM

Keeneland September: $280k Unbridled's Song filly tops another positive session


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Fillies ruled the results list Monday as the Keeneland September yearling sale’s Book 4 portion got underway Monday in Lexington with more gains across the board.

Fillies held the top three spots by price on the results sheet, including the $280,000 session-leader. That was an Unbridled’s Song daughter, the first foal out of Grade 2 winner Tizfiz and a member of 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick’s family.

Pelican, LLC, bought the gray or roan filly, a Jan. 17 foal last year. Baccari Bloodstock was the consignor.

Monday’s seventh session sold 309 yearlings for $13,893,500, a 14-percent increase over last year’s second-week Monday session, which sold 306 horses. The session average climbed 12 percent, from $39,978 to $44,963, and median roared up by 48 percent, from $25,000 to $27,000. Monday’s buybacks were an extraordinarily low 12 percent, down from 17 percent at last year’s second Monday session.

Cumulatively through Monday’s seventh session, the 2012 auction has sold 1,541 yearlings for $194,162,500, down two percent from last year’s total for 1,631, but the cumulative average and median both went up. The $125,998 average was up three percent, and the $80,000 median increased by seven percent. Cumulative buybacks improved slightly, from last year’s 24 percent to 23 percent.

Monday’s other leading fillies were a $180,000 Ghostzapper-More For Me filly that Sallusto and Albina, agents, bought from Stonestreet (Taylor made, agent), and a $150,000 Exchange Rate-Tina’s Goal filly that Anthony Dutrow bought from Castle Park Farm, agent.

The day’s most expensive colt was a $150,000 Cowboy Cal half-brother to record-setting Grade 1 winner Albert the Great. Jun H. Park, agent, bought the April 29 son of Bright Feather from Winter Quarter Farm’s agency.

The sale was to continue through Sept. 21 at the Keeneland sale pavilion in Lexington. Sessions start daily at 10 a.m., and the auction sessions are available online via live streaming at www.keeneland.com