09/19/2001 12:00AM

Yearling prices hold steady

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Although momentum was slowing at Keeneland's 13-day September yearling sale on Tuesday, the auction's eighth day of selling, the market was holding steady.

As of 5 p.m., the Tuesday session's leader was a $200,000 Elusive Quality colt that Reynolds Bell Jr., agent, bought from Brookdale Farm. The colt is out of the Staff Writer mare Labeled Lady. The afternoon's top filly at that time was a $150,000 daughter of Phone Trick and Virginia City (Carson City). Linda Rice, agent, purchased the filly from Bluewater Sales, agent.

On Monday, as the stock market was in the midst of a 684-point drop in its first day of trading since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, selling at Keeneland yielded mixed results. A $295,000 Unbridled's Song filly topped that Monday session.

The session sold 252 yearlings for $9,231,500. The average of $36,633 was nearly level with last year's $36,594, but median dropped seven percent to $25,000.

The auction continued to run slightly ahead of last year's cumulative average and median prices. Through Monday, the average price was up 1 percent to $145,421, and median was up up by 3 percent to $62,000.

Mauk Equine Brokerage, agent, purchased Monday's $295,000 session-topping filly from Bedouin Bloodstock, agent. She is a daughter of Mercenary Hawk (Silver Hawk) and a half-sister to Thunder Days, who finished third in this year's Hopeful.