09/19/2004 11:00PM

Keeneland still on record pace

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The Keeneland September juggernaut kept up its record pace Monday as the auction entered its seventh of 14 sessions. The early session-leader was a $190,000 Arch filly that John McCormack Bloodstock purchased from Claiborne, agent.

Although the Sunday session had posted a slight decrease in gross from its equivalent day last year, the auction overall has remained on a pace to break the $291,827,100 record for gross, set in 2000, and the 2003 records for average price ($92,329) and median ($34,000).

Through Sunday's sixth session, the 2004 Keeneland September auction had sold 1,428 yearlings for $271,410,000 in total receipts, up 15 percent from last year's six-day total. The six-day average price of $190,063 was up 13 percent, and median of $100,000 was a rise of 18 percent.

On Sunday, the sixth session saw a top price of $320,000 for a Thunder Gulch-Cyber Cat colt that Whitehorse Stables bought from Lane's End, agent.