09/16/2006 11:00PM

Major players still buying on Sunday


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Keeneland's September auction continued its hot pace on Sunday, the sixth day of selling at the mammoth two-week sale.

At 4 p.m., Sunday's session leader was a $360,000 El Prado colt out of Grade 2-placed Windsong. Richlyn Farm bought the colt, Hip No. 1880, from the Taylor Made agency. The session's top filly at that stage was Hip No. 1850, a daughter of Unbridled's Song and To the Queen, which went to Limerick Road for $350,000. The consignor was Viking Stud, agent.

Among the other major buyers still playing at the auction were B. Wayne Hughes and Ahmed Zayat, who also were active in the auction's first week, when prices boomed at Monday and Tuesday's select sessions. On Sunday, Hughes purchased a $300,000 Indian Charlie-Shahalo colt from John and Frank Penn's Penn Sales, and Zayat bought a $240,000 Distorted Humor-Oftheoldblock colt from Mill Ridge, agent, and a $50,000 Tiznow-Julie Girl filly from Four Star Sales

At a time when the auction's prices often begin to wind down, the second week kicked off Saturday with financial gains and a top price that seemed more likely at a select session: $625,000 for a Silver Deputy-Zuri Ridge colt. Tim Kegel signed the ticket on behalf of the Geathers Racing Stable partnership. Gracefield was the consignor.

Through Saturday's fifth session, the auction had grossed $304,306,500 for 1,156 yearlings. That was up slightly from last year's $301,654,000 for 1,191 lots. The five-day average also gained 4 percent to reach $263,241, while the median held level at $150,000.

The sale was to continue through Sept. 25, with continuous sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.