09/18/2014 8:09PM

Keeneland September: Book 4 closes on steady note

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The tenth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale closed with steady returns on Thursday, continuing the run of consistent trade as the sale moves into its later days.

Keeneland reported total revenues of $9,376,000 from 276 horses sold Thursday, up 4 percent compared with last year’s tenth session, when 291 horses brought $9,038,600.

Thursday’s average sale price finished at $33,971, rising 9 percent from $31,060 last year, while the median remained steady at $25,000. The buyback rate for Thursday’s session was 20 percent, up from 14 percent during the tenth session last year.

Topping the session was a colt from the second crop of sire Midshipman who sold to Midwest Thoroughbreds for $200,000.

The chestnut colt is out of the unraced Mr. Greeley mare Aspen Whisper, who is the dam of three winners from four foals to race. Bred in Kentucky by Betz Thoroughbreds, Peter Lamanita, Jim Blackburn, and Jim Betz, the colt is from the family of Mining My Own, the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan. He was consigned by Betz Thoroughbreds, agent.

First-crop sire Haynesfield was the session’s leading sire by gross, with nine yearlings sold for a total of $314,000. The resident of Airdrie Stud was led by a $62,000 filly purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent.

Darley’s second-crop stallion Midshipman was the session-leader by average progeny sale price among those with three or more sold. The son of Unbridled’s Song had three yearlings sell on Thursday for an average price of $93,333, headed up by the session-topper.

Warrendale Sales was the leading consignor of Thursday’s session, with 25 horses sold for a combined $949,500. Topping the bunch was a Super Saver colt who sold to Nick de Meric, agent, for $145,000.

Carl R. Moore Management was the day’s biggest buyer, with three purchases totaling $227,000. A $100,000 Lemon Drop Kid colt topped that group.

After 10 sessions, a total of 2,153 horses have sold at Keeneland for revenues of $268,795,000. That marks a 2 percent decrease compared with 2,313 horses sold for $273,475,100 at the same point in last year’s auction.

The 10-day average finished at $124,847, up 6 percent from $118,234 in 2013, while the median rose 11 percent, from $65,000 to $72,000. The buyback rate is up slightly at 23 percent, compared with 21 percent through ten sessions in 2013.

The single-day Book 5 session of the six-book auction is held Friday. The Keeneland September sale will continue daily until Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning each day at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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Keeneland September yearling sale, tenth session results:

Year Sold Gross Average Median Buyback
2014 276 (-5%) $9,376,000 (+4%) $33,971 (+4%) $25,000 20%
2013 291 $9,038,600 $31,060 $25,000 14%