09/16/2013 8:15PM

Keeneland September: Gross sales surpass last year’s final total on Monday

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By just about all accounts, this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale has been in the midst of its best performance in years. Monday’s opening session of Book 3 made it official.

During the early afternoon of the seventh session, total revenues for the 2013 Keeneland September sale surpassed the final number posted last year of $219,781,500 from 2,516 horses sold over 11 sessions. At the end of the day, the current sale had become the highest-grossing edition of the Keeneland September sale since 2008.

Through the first seven sessions, a total of 1,408 horses have sold for a total of $236,874,000, up 22 percent from last year’s seven-day cumulative total of $194,162,500 from 1,541 sold. The average sale price of $168,234 was a 34 percent improvement over last year’s figure of $125,998, while the median was up 44 percent, from $80,000 to $115,000. The buyback rate of 25 percent was slightly higher than last year's rate through seven sessions of 24 percent.

Monday’s session kicked off Book 3 with the same upward momentum that carried Books 1 and 2 to major increases, as 292 horses sold for $19,952,000. That was a 44 percent improvement from the $13,893,500 from 309 sold in 2012. The average price was up 52 percent from $44,963 to $68,329, while the median rose 54 percent, from $37,000 to $57,000.

Leading the session was a $330,000 Stormy Atlantic colt out of the winning Ascot Knight mare Swanky Bubbles, secured by Ernie Semersky’s Conquest Stables. Bred in Ontario by Anderson Farms, the colt is a half-brother to multiple stakes-placed winner Bubbles to the Top, who is the dam’s first and only runner and winner.

The colt, who became Swanky Bubbles’ first six-figure foal on Monday, is from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Schossberg.

Gainesway was Monday’s leading consignor by gross, with 20 horses sold for revenues of $2,290,000, led by a pair of $250,000 colts. Klaravich Stables secured one by Scat Daddy, while Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm landed a son of Tapit.

James Driver, represented by agent Garry Simms, was the session’s leading buyer, with five purchases totaling $645,000. Driver’s purchase list was topped by a $170,000 Tale of Ekati colt, who is a half-brother to stakes winner Stately Character.

First-crop sire Super Saver was the session’s leading sire by gross, with 13 offspring selling for revenues of $1,161,000. The 2010 Kentucky Derby winner, who stands at WinStar Farm, was led by a $240,000 colt that went to Todd Quast as agent for GoldMark Farm.

Another WinStar stallion led the day by average sale price with three or more foals sold, as Speightstown moved four yearlings for an average price of $120,000. A $160,000 colt secured by Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company Limited led the way for Speightstown on Monday.

Book 3 of the Keeneland September sale concludes on Tuesday, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. The sale continues through Sept. 21.

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