09/19/2014 6:27PM

Keeneland September: Numbers rise in single Book 5 session

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Keeneland held the solitary Book 5 session of its September yearling auction on Friday, and the session ended with sizable gains in gross, median, and average as measured against the corresponding 11th session last year.

At the close of trading, 289 horses had sold for gross receipts of $6,626,500, an increase of 62 percent compared with $4,103,000 from 236 sold during the 11th session in 2013. Friday’s average price jumped 32 percent, from $17,386 to $22,929, and the median rose 42 percent, from $12,000 to $17,000.

The buyback rate on Friday was 15 percent; during the 11th session in 2013, it was 8 percent. The 11th session in 2013 was the first of two Book 5 sessions, with the second serving as the auction’s finale. Keeneland added an extra day of selling for its 2014 renewal, and thus will hold two Book 6 sessions to close out the sale, on Saturday and Sunday.

Two yearlings sold for $160,000 to lead Friday’s activity. John Brocklebank, as agent for Hathaway Thoroughbreds, bought a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner and Airdrie Stud sire Haynesfield. The Louisiana-bred bay colt is out of the Broad Brush mare Lady Giselle, a stakes producer. He was consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud.

The other co-session topper, an Afleet Alex colt, was bought by Charles Zacney from the consignment of Antony Beck’s Gainesway, as agent. The Kentucky-bred chestnut is out of Tell Me All, a daughter of Vindication and a half-sibling to three stakes winners. The colt’s second dam, stakes winner Won’t She Tell, is a half-sister to 1978 Triple Crown winner and Racing Hall of Fame member Affirmed. 

The Korean outfit K.O.I.D. led all buyers by gross on Friday, purchasing seven yearlings for an aggregate of $186,000. Gainesway was the leading consignor, with 18 horses sold totaling $648,000.

Among sires, WinStar’s first-crop stallion Drosselmeyer led by progeny gross revenue, with six yearlings bringing $276,000. City Zip led in average price among sires with three or more yearlings sold, as a quartet of his foals changed hands for an average of $64,250.

Through 11 sessions, Keeneland reported 2,442 horses sold totaling $275,421,500. That is 1 percent lower than the gross through 11 sessions last year at Keeneland, when 2,549 horses sold for $277,578,100. The average price through the end of Friday was $112,785, a 4 percent bump compared with last year’s figure of $108,897. The median is up 5 percent, rising from $57,000 to $60,000.

Keeneland September’s aforementioned Book 6 section commences Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern, with a second and final session on Sunday.

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Keeneland September yearling sale, 11th session results:

Year Sold Gross Average Median Buyback
2014 289 (+22%) $6,626,500 (+62%) $22,929 (+32%) $17,000 (+42%) 15%
2013 236 $4,103,000 $17,386 $12,000 8%