09/17/2014 7:30PM

Keeneland September: Gains continue at Wednesday session


The Keeneland September yearling sale continued to hum along on Wednesday, as the 13-day auction entered the homestretch. Wednesday signaled the beginning of Keeneland’s Book 4 portion, squarely targeting the middle market, and when the ninth session concluded economic figures were up significantly across the board.

Keeneland reported 289 yearlings sold Wednesday for total revenues of $13,467,500. That figure jumped 20 percent compared with $11,179,500 from 311 sold during the ninth session in 2013. Wednesday’s average price of $46,600 increased 30 percent compared with $35,947 last year, and the ninth-session median of $35,000 also rose 30 percent over $27,000 in 2013. The buyback rate on Wednesday finished at 17 percent; during last year’s ninth session, it was 13 percent.

Bloodstock agents Jason Litt and Alex Solis II purchased Wednesday’s session-topper, going to $350,000 to land a daughter of Ashford Stud sire Scat Daddy. The dark bay or brown filly is the first foal out of Nina Fever, a Borrego mare who burst on the racing scene at Keeneland in April 2010 as one of Wesley Ward’s first-out juvenile maiden winners. Nina Fever would go on to five additional races, earn over $216,000, and place in three stakes. The session-topper was consigned by Upson Downs Farm, agent.

Solis and Litt bought two yearlings for $540,000 to finish as the leading buyers of Wednesday’s session by gross. They also secured a Curlin filly out of the Holy Bull mare Chantel D, consigned by Denali Stud.

Antony Beck’s Gainesway finished as leading consignor by gross, with 23 yearlings moved for $1,074,000. That group was led by a $105,000 colt from the first crop of Trappe Shot, bought by trainer Al Stall, as agent.

Scat Daddy finished as the session’s leading sire by gross, as six of his progeny sold for $712,000. Curlin was second, with four yearlings sold for $580,000. Those four Curlin yearlings averaged $145,000, placing him at the top of the sire rankings among those with three or more sold during the session.

Through nine sessions, 1,877 yearlings have changed hands at Keeneland for gross receipts of $259,419,000, a 2 percent drop compared with $264,436,500 generated by 2,022 sold at the same point in last year’s auction. The 2014 sale average through Wednesday of $138,209 rose 6 percent compared with the 2013 cumulative average of $130,780, and the $80,000 median spiked 4 percent over last year’s figure of $77,000.

The second Book 4 session will be held Thursday, and the Keeneland September sale continues through Sunday, Sept. 21, with daily sessions starting at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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Keeneland September yearling sale, ninth session results:

Year Sold Gross Average Median Buyback
2014 289 $13,467,500 (+20%) $46,600 (+30%) $35,000 (+30%) 17%
2013 311 $11,179,500 $35,947 $27,000 13%