09/25/2015 4:02PM

Keeneland September: Book 6 opens with gains, sale passes last year’s gross

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The sixth and final book of the Keeneland September yearling sale kicked off on Friday with across-the-board gains.

A total of 2,575 sold for revenues of $279,977,300 during the auction’s 11th session, up 15 percent from last year’s Book 6 kickoff in the 12th session, when 199 yearlings brought $2,625,700.

The average sale price rose 6 percent from last year’s comparable session, from $13,194 to $13,968, while the median sale price increased 13 percent from $8,000 to $9,000. The buyback rate closed at 13 percent, marking a significant improvement from last year’s Book 6-opening figure of 22 percent

With a session remaining, this year’s renewal of the Keeneland September sale surpassed has already surpassed last year’s final gross by $16,800, with the difference coming in the final two horses led in the ring. The sale’s cumulative gross is $279,977,300 after 11 days of selling in 2015, while last year’s final total was $279,960,500 after all 13 sessions.

Two horses reached six-figure hammer prices during Friday’s session, doubling the number to do so during the first day of last year’s sixth book. A colt from the first crop of The Factor topped the session, going to George Bolton for $170,000.

The bay colt is the first foal out of the placed Distorted Humor mare Elite Humor, whose extended family includes champion sprinter Gold Beauty, Grade 2 winner The Prime Minister and Grade 3 winner Buffum.

Jody and Michelle Huckabay’s Elm Tree Farm bred the colt in Kentucky and consigned him as agent. The colt’s price easily surpassed the most expensive offering of last year’s sixth book, a $120,000 Fort Prado colt.

Elm Tree Farm was the session’s leading consignor by gross, with five horses sold for a combined $258,000.

Bolton was Friday’s leading buyer based on his lone purchase of the session-topper.

The Factor, a resident of Lane’s End, was the leading stallion by gross, with one horse sold, the session-topper, for $170,000. Discreetly Mine, also of Lane’s End, topped the day by average sale price among those with three or more sold, with three yearlings bringing an average of $23,000.

The Keeneland September sale concludes with its final session on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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