Lexington, Kentucky — A Quality Road pony sold for $1.7 million, a son of Gun Runner brought in $1.2 million at Thursday’s Keeneland September yearling auction, a fourth straight day of active sales and strong results . Today’s session marks the last day of a dynamic first week of auctions, with total sales approaching $237 million, with 30 horses selling for $1 million or more.
For the second year in a row, Week 1 featured volumes 1 and 2 over the first four days, when more than 1,100 horses were sorted by pedigree and size, and these were some of the best at auction. The format is designed to provide as many quality horses as possible to major domestic and foreign buyers, followed by a day off for the auction on Friday 16 September.
Keeneland sold 230 yearlings for $56,635,000 on Thursday, with an average price of $246,239 and a median of $202,500. Total revenue was 16.05% higher than the $48,801,000 in the same period in 2021, when 201 horses were sold through the ring. The average price was up 1.42% from $242,791 a year earlier, and the median was up 1.25% from $200,000.
“Today is competitive and dynamic,” said Tony Lacy, Keeneland’s vice president of sales. “This session last year was very strong, so the fact that we are up slightly is very encouraging. The RNA rate (28%) was slightly higher than we expected. In some cases buyers may be rushing to buy Book 3 , while ignoring some great people. But I know a lot of sellers are very, very happy today.”
The cumulative total of 669 horses sold through the ring this year brought in a total of $236,990,000, with an average of $354,245 and a median of $275,000. Compared to Week 1 of 2021, the total was up 18.25% from $200,419,000, while the average was up 9.59% from $323,256 and the median was up 10% from $250,000.
Agent Donato Lanni has signed tickets to this year’s $1.7 million high-volume championship, a Quality Road pony from Division I Champion Joking and Division II Champions and Bull Tale of the Cat and Fed Biz. Commissioned by agent Nardelli Sales, he quit winning Street Sense mare Act Now.
The price is equal to the third highest price in week 1. Laney said the pony would be handed over to trainer Bob Baft.
Gun Runner From Mizzen Mast’s Stonetastic Gun Runner sold to Mayberry Farm for $925,000. Commissioned by a Paramount Sales Agent from a Tier 1/Group 1 Winner Box and our new employee family.
SF/Starlight/Madaket agent Donato Lanni acquired Uncle Mo’s son of Division 1 champion Still There from Union Rags for $700,000. Taylor Made sales agent, agent, entrusted to him the ponies of the Raging Daoust family of Class 3 champions.
Two horses were purchased for $625,000 each.
A pony from Liam’s Map commissioned by Hinkle Farms was sold to St. Elias Stables broker Michael Wallace for a set price. Victory at Speightstown Mare Giulio’s Jewel from Group 2 winner Rabbit Run and Group 3 winner Bertolini, Rainha Da Bateria, Assateague and Kindergarten Kid.
Tomoyasu Sakaguchi bought a pony from half-brother City of Light for $625,000 for Class 2 champion Spielberg. He comes from the family of Tier 1 winners Dream Deal, Clear Mandate, Strong Mandate and Romantic Vision, commissioned by agent Warrendale Sales. His mother is Miss Squire, the winning daughter of Smart Strike.
Four yearlings were sold for $600,000 each.
One of Uncle Mo’s pony, the half-brother of stake winner Bet She Wins, was bought by West Bloodstock. Broker St George Sales entrusted the pony out of Spring Eclipse with Unbridled’s Song and families from Tier 2 winners Softly and Conquest Big E.
Also sold for $600,000 was a Medaglia d’Oro pony from Class 3 Champion Valadorna, produced by Curlin and acquired by Jupiter Farm. Commissioned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, he comes from the family of Tier 1 winner Complexity and Tier 2 winners Springside and Real Cash.
Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables purchased a pony from the winning Street Sense mare Walk of Stars for the same amount. Broker Betz Thoroughbreds entrusted the pony from the family of stake winners Strike the Moon and Never Enough Time.
The partnership of Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables led all buyers Thursday with the purchase of 12 horses for $3,875,000. In week 1, the partner spent $12,540,000 for 30 yearlings.
In addition, major entities such as SF/Starlight/Madaket, Courtlandt Farm and Richard Knight Bloodstock topped the list of leading buyers in the first week.
The fourth yearling for $600,000 was Munnings’ son, who was sold to Robert and Ravanello’s manager West Bloodstock. Brokers at Ashview Farm (Bryan Lyster and Gray Lyster), commissioned ponies from West Riding by Tapit and family from Class 1 Champion AP Indian.
Taylor Made sold 25 yearlings for $5,915,000, topping the consignor’s list of the class.
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