09/24/2015 7:50PM

Keeneland September: Consistent trade in Book 5

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The fifth book of the Keeneland September yearling sale closed on Thursday with solid returns similar to last year’s similar session.

A total of 283 yearlings changed hands during the sale’s 10th, the lone day that comprised Book 5, for revenues of $6,513,000. The gross marked a 2 percent decline from last year’s fifth book, the 11th session of 2014, when 289 horses sold for $6,626,500.

The Book 5 average sale price finished at $23,014, up 0.37 percent from last year’s comparable session figure of $22,929, while the median remained unchanged at $17,000. The buyback rate closed at 18 percent for Book 5, up slightly from 16 percent during last year’s fifth book.

Four yearlings sold for six figures on Thursday, trailing the six to do so in last year’s fifth book. However, the session-topping price surpassed last year’s Book 5 leader by $10,000.

Trainer Kenny McPeek, as agent, signed the ticket on Thursday’s topper, going to $170,000 on a Colonel John colt.

The bay colt is the first foal out of the winning Forest Wildcat mare Wildcat Dreamer, whose extended family includes Grade 1-placed stakes winners Cash for Clunkers and Western Dreamer.

Bred in Kentucky by Gary & Mary West Stables, the colt was a $17,000 purchase as a short yearling at this year’s Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. He was consigned on Thursday by Wendy Noel Sales, agent.

Lane’s End Farm finished Book 5 as the leading consignor by gross with 21 horses sold for revenues of $563,200. Leading the group was the day’s second-most expensive offering, a Warrior’s Reward colt who sold to Solis/Litt for $160,000.

Paul Sharp, as agent, was the day’s leading buyer, with four purchases totaling $211,000. His most expensive buy was a $75,000 Hansen colt, who went through the ring as the final offering of the session.

Spendthrift stallion Warrior’s Reward topped Book 5 by gross, with seven yearlings selling for $237,000. Colonel John, a resident of WinStar Farm, led the day by average (three or more sold), with three horses bringing an average price of $55,667.

At the end of Book 5, a total of 2,359 yearlings sold over 10 sessions for $276,960,300, up 1 percent from last year’s 11-day gross of $275,421,500 from 2,442 sold.

The cumulative average sale price paced last year’s sale by 4 percent, up from $112,785 to $117,406, while the median was up 8 percent from $60,000 to $65,000. The overall buyback rate was 26 percent, trending higher than last year’s figure of 22 percent at the fifth book’s close.

The Keeneland September sale continues Friday with Book 6 and concludes Saturday, with both sessions beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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