09/20/2005 11:00PM

Prices begin to drop at sale

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The Keeneland September yearling sale continued its record run on Wednesday, but prices were tailing off from the dizzying levels seen early during the two-week auction.

With selling still underway, a $270,000 Wild Wonder colt was the session leader. John Brocklebank purchased the son of Susie Do, by Talinum. Taylor Made, agent, sold the colt, who is a half-brother to the winner Susie's Prize.

Through Tuesday, the last day for which complete figures were available, the auction had sold 2,058 yearlings for a total of $352,576,500, a record for the sale and well up from last year's $297,416,400 at the same point. The average price also was running ahead of last year's pace, up 15 percent to $171,320, and median climbed 7 percent to $80,000.

That pace appeared to have weakened somewhat by Wednesday, the ninth day of the 14-day sale. But with about 150 yearlings left in the day's catalog at 4:30 p.m. Eastern, 45 yearlings had brought $50,000 or more. The Tuesday session-topper was a $350,000 Mr. Greeley-Heat Lightning filly that Ahmed Zayat (Blandford Bloodstock, agent) bought from Glennwood Farm, agent.