$1 Million Into Mischief Colt Tops Thursday at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Keeneland’s fourth session of the September Yearling Sale on Thursday recorded active commerce among a number of the industry’s major buyers and featured the sale of an Into Mischief colt to Peter Leidel for $1 million.

Keeneland sold 195 yearlings during today’s session for $34,507,000, for an average of $193,554 and a median of $160,000. Cumulatively, 589 horses have grossed $160,583,000, for an average of $272,637 and a median of $200,000.

With the top-priced yearling on Thursday, a total of 15 horses have sold for $1 million or more.

“Very exciting finish today,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “To have three individuals bidding all the way to the million-dollar mark was very exciting. There was a lot of depth to the market. As we have said before, it is very selective. The people who should be here and looking at the horses and making the decisions are here, and we are very happy that they are committed to this industry.”

The session topper, a half-brother to stakes winner Cambria, is out of Grade 2 winner Teen Pauline, by Tapit. He was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

“He is a lovely horse – ticked all the boxes as they say. Has a great walk,” said Hunter Simms, Partner and Director of Bloodstock Services for Warrendale. “The Into Mischiefs have been on fire at this sale and on the race track. Stonestreet did a nice job prepping him, and he showed himself well at the barn. He is a classy animal. Stonestreet has been very supportive of us over the years, and we greatly appreciate it. We have had good success for them.”

Donato Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, paid $775,000 for a colt by Quality Road consigned by Candy Meadows Sales, agent. The colt is out of Sustainable, a stakes-placed daughter of Forestry who is a half-sister to stakes winner Culotte, and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Famous Digger.

“He’s a Quality Road – a great stallion,” Tom Ryan of SF said. “We’re just starting to see the cream rising to the top now with him. Just think of what he’s accomplished already; the future’s so bright for him.”

“We’re delighted,” Candy Meadows Senior Vice President and COO Matt Lyons said. “He’s a lovely horse and a homebred for the farm. We didn’t have any horses in Book 1 so this is our first group here. We’ve waited all day for him, and there were some very good judges of horseflesh on him.

“You have groups looking to buy two-turn Derby-type horses, and there are a lot of people looking for that type of horse,” Lyons added. “When they all land on the same one, they can bring an exceptional price. The group that bought him obviously know how to win the big races so that’s great for us having the mare at home and having siblings coming. He’ll be trained by Mr. (Bob) Baffert, and he knows how to win the big races, too.”

Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, was the session’s leading buyer, acquiring five horses for $1,660,000.

“It’s been a busy sale for us,” Ryan said. “Keeneland assembled a great group of horses here, and good horses are hard to buy.”

Warrendale, agent for Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm, sold the session-topping filly, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Hog Creek Hustle, to Solis/Litt for $725,000. The daughter of Constitution out of the Candy Ride (ARG) mare Candy Fortune also is a half-sister to stakes winner Majestic Dunhill.

“She was just beautiful,” Warrendale owner Kitty Taylor said. “I sold her for some long-standing clients of mine who are very dear friends, Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm. We sold Hog Creek Hustle and Majestic Dunhill. (This filly) was vetted so much and handled it so well. She went to a great place with LNJ Foxwoods. Alex (Solis) and Jason (Litt) bought her for them.”

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. paid $675,000 for a colt by Into Mischief who is a half-brother to champion Runhappy. He was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

“Very nice colt,” said Rick Nichols, Vice President and General Manager of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm in Lexington. “Good conformation and looks like he has a really good head on his shoulders. I thought I might have to go a little bit more (on the price). We have a really good Into Mischief 2-year-old (Mutasaabeq), who was third in (the Runhappy Hopeful-G1 at Saratoga on Sept. 7.)”

Mark Taylor, Taylor Made’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Sales Operations, was pleased with the sale of the colt.

“We met with the Stonestreet team, and they decided to put this horse in Book 2,” Taylor said. “They thought he might stand out a little more here, and I think he did. He was head and shoulders above a lot of the other horses we had in this book, and the big buyers found him.”

Shadwell also paid $500,000 for another yearling consigned by Taylor Made, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised. He was the Curlin colt who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Girvin and Grade 3 winner Cocked and Loaded. His dam is Catch the Moon, by Malibu Moon.

West Bloodstock, agent for Robert and Lawana Low, purchased a Malibu Moon colt for $610,000. Consigned by KatieRich Farms, he is out of the Grade 2-placed Tiznow mare Fantasy of Flight.

Spendthrift Farm and MyRacehorse.com, co-owners of recent Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Authentic, spent $600,000 on a colt by Authentic’s sire, Into Mischief, who was consigned by Roderick Wachman’s Kingswood Farm, agent. A full brother to Grade 3 winner One Liner, he is out of the winning Cherokee Run mare Cayala.

Into Mischief, the September Sale’s leading sire with sales of $23,280,000 for 45 yearlings, stands at Spendthrift.

“There are many nice (Into Mischief) yearlings out here,” Spendthrift General Manager Ned Toffey said. “They have always been well received in the market and there has definitely been a bump from the Derby result. (Into Mischief) continues to amaze us, and if there was anyone in the industry that was a non-believer, I think they’re all gone.”

Paramount Sales, agent, led all consignors on Thursday by selling 18 horses for $3,572,000.

Half-Sister To Hog Creek Hustle Brings $725,000 On Day 4 Of September Sale

Solis/Litt paid $725,000 for a filly by Constitution who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Hog Creek Hustle during Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Out of the Candy Ride (ARG) mare Candy Fortune, the filly was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm.

Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. paid $675,000 for a colt by Into Mischief who is a half-brother to champion Runhappy to lead early results of Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, the colt is out of the winning Broken Vow mare Bella Jolie.

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$950,000 Uncle Mo Colt Highlights Solid Third Session of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale resumed Wednesday, the first session of the two-day Book 2 catalog, featuring strong participation from a mix of foreign  and domestic buyers and the sale of an Uncle Mo colt from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Twirling Candy for $950,000 to Mayberry Farm.

During today’s session, 185 yearlings grossed $40,861,000, for an average of $220,870 and a median of $180,000. Through the first three sessions of the auction, Keeneland has sold 394 yearlings for $126,076,000, for an average of $319,990 and a median of $250,000.

Book 1 spanned three days in 2019, with Book 2 beginning on Day 4 of the sale. For that reason, comparisons to last year’s corresponding session are not available.

“In a time where there was such uncertainty about how much international participation there would be, we’re really happy with it,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said. “We’ve seen a very diverse base of buyers, and they’re participating in different ways. We continue to have a lot of activity on the Internet – today the most of any day so far with 150 bids and six horses sold.”

During last year’s first session of Book 2, 16 horses brought $500,000 or more. Today, 12 horses reached that mark.

“Given the year of COVID, I think that’s a strong statistic,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “Last year was a surreal market, one of the strongest September Sales we have had in long time. The whole feel of the market was very strong last year. To replicate that even in a normal year would have been difficult. So for what we are doing at the moment in an unusual year, we are very appreciative of our sellers and our buyers who are here to make this market.”

The session topper, who was bred by Three Chimneys Farm, is out of the Smart Strike mare Bella Rafaela, a half-sister to the aforementioned Twirling Candy as well as to Grade 2 winner Ethnic Dance and Grade 3 winner Dubai Sky.

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“He was a really nice colt and, in what has proven to be a pretty selective market, it’s great to see him jump through all of the hoops and do well,” Three Chimneys COO Chris Baker said. “He’s in good hands to do well, so we are excited about that.”

David Ingordo signed the ticket for the colt.

“I saw this horse at Three Chimneys Farm a few weeks before the sale,” Ingordo said. “He is one of the best prospects I saw and I probably looked at fifteen-hundred (yearlings) on the farms before the sale. He was my personal top pick. We have Twirling Candy (at Lane’s End, where Ingordo is bloodstock agent), and he looks like the family. This is the horse we wanted to have.

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“If you bring a good horse up here and it jumps through the hoops, you get rewarded,” Ingordo added. “We have found it very competitive to buy horses. We try to buy the best horse, and we have our price in mind. We know we have to stretch for the better ones. My clients are usually their own entities. So it is one person’s finances, in some instances, against many people’s finances.

“The hardest thing is adjusting to the partnerships (that bid against us). When you are bidding for one person against an entity that is many headed and many ‘walleted’, we have to figure out how to adjust.”

Among Mayberry’s other purchases today was a $775,000 colt from the first crop of Gun Runner out of Grade 1-placed Sweet Shirley Mae, by Broken Vow. Consigned by Baccari Bloodstock, the colt is a half-brother to stakes winner Mae Never No (IRE).

Mayberry was the session’s leading buyer, spending $2,385,000 on five horses.

The session-topping Uncle Mo colt was consigned by Gainesway, agent, which sold 20 yearlings for $6,755,000 to lead all sellers on Wednesday. The farm also consigned a colt by Into Mischief who sold to West Bloodstock, agent for Repole Stables and St. Elias Stable, for the session’s co-second highest price of $875,000. The colt is out of the Tiznow mare Mimi’s Tiz, a full sister to stakes winner Summer House and from the family of Grade 3 winner Custom for Carlos.

Additionally, Gainesway, agent, sold the session’s top-priced filly, a daughter of Tapit to Whisper Hill Farm for $500,000. Out of the Forestry mare, Redwood Dancer, the filly is a half-sister to Australian stakes winner The Virginian and is from the family of champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Flanders.

“I just feel fortunate that we’re here and have the opportunity to sell horses,” Gainesway General Manager Brian Graves said. “Keeneland has done a good job to make it work. My hat is off to Keeneland for making it easy for people to bid in every way. I think that is really necessary this year. There are people at home all over the world and Keeneland has made it easy for them to conduct business and that is fantastic.

“I can’t say we expected to be leading consignor,” Graves added. “We’ll take it gladly.”

Demi O’Byrne went to $875,000 to acquire a colt by Into Mischief out of the Divine Park mare Divine Heart, a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Include Me Out and Check the Label. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Watercress Farm, consigned the colt.

A colt by Quality Road out of Revel in the Win, by Red Bullet, fetched $870,000 from B-4 Farms. Consigned by Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, the colt is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Poker Player and stakes-placed Coleman Rocky and War Treaty.

Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. purchased two of the day’s top-priced horses, paying $800,000 for a Speightstown colt who is a full brother to stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Dawn the Destroyer and was consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent for Stonesteet Bred & Raised. Shadwell also acquired a colt by Into Mischief for $700,000. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, he is a full brother to the Grade 2-placed filly Classy Act. Out of the Distorted Humor mare Acting Class, the colt is from the family of champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Tempera.

Donato Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, signed the ticket for a Candy Ride (ARG) colt consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent, for $760,000. He is out of the Grade 1-placed Tapit mare Draw It and is a half-brother to 2020 Rebel (G2) runner-up Excession.

A colt by Uncle Mo out of multiple graded stakes winner Kauai Katie, by Malibu Moon, brought a bid of $700,000 from M.V. Magnier. He was consigned by Denali Stud, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

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The September Sale continues Thursday with the second of the two-day Book 2 that begins at 10 a.m. ET.

TVG2 will have a live broadcast of Thursday’s session. The entire September Sale, which runs through Sept. 25, also is being shown on the Watch TVG app, which is available on Amazon Fire, Roku and connected Apple TV devices. The Watch TVG App also features TVG, TVG2, Racebook, race track feeds and more.

The entire sale also is being is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

Spirited Trade, $2 Million Tapit Colt Headline Day 2 of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

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A partnership of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert LaPenta, Gainesway and Winchell Thoroughbreds paid $2 million for a colt by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Tara’s Tango to top Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which was marked by competitive bidding and the sale of nine yearlings for $1 million or more.

For today’s final session of the two-day premier Book 1, Keeneland sold 100 yearlings for $44,535,000, for an average of $445,350 and a median of $360,000. Cumulatively, 209 horses have grossed $85,215,000, for an average of $407,727 and a median of $330,000. Fourteen yearlings sold for $1 million or more through the first two sessions and were purchased by 13 different domestic and international buyers.

Monday’s session closed with four million-dollar horses sold within the last 11 hip numbers.

“It was a frantic end to the session, and we appreciate Barbara Banke for her support of Keeneland and congratulate her on having another top-priced horse,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said, referring to the breeder of the session topper. “Under the current circumstances, we are very pleased with the session. We are back to that great intensity of bidding, the going back and forth. The atmosphere and electricity returned, so that is wonderful.”

“For 30 minutes at the end of the sale we felt like there was no COVID,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said.

Eaton Sales, agent for Banke’s Stonestreet Bred & Raised, consigned the session topper. By Unbridled’s Song, Tara’s Tango is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Visionaire and Grade 3 winners Scarlet Strike and Madison’s Luna.

Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners signed the ticket for the colt.

“Partnerships are so prevalent in today’s market,” Wellman said. “It is wild to think how far partnerships have come. We had a fabulous relationship with Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stable going back to when Eclipse first started. To think how the partnership model has evolved and that now we as a partnership company are partnering with moguls in the industry. It speaks volumes.

“Barbara Banke has been gracious about staying in as a partner,” he continued. “She adores this colt. Hopefully between all of us we have plenty of good mojo. All I care about is that you are interviewing our partnership after (the colt) wins a Grade 1.”

Larry Best’s OXO Equine acquired a filly by Into Mischief for $1.9 million. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, she is out of the stakes-winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Taylor S, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Liam’s Map and Grade 3 winner and sire Not This Time.

“Book 1 has been unbelievably strong,” said Best, who paid $1 million for an Into Mischief colt on Sunday. “It blew away my expectations. Keeneland should be very happy.”

 

Taylor Made was the session’s leading consignor, recording sales of $6.92 million for 14 horses.

Three of Monday’s seven-figure horses are by Into Mischief, sire of recent Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Authentic. Into Mischief was the leading sire by gross on Monday, with 11 yearlings selling for $8.25 million. He is also the leading sire by gross for Book 1, represented by 20 yearlings that brought $13,085,000.

Another three of day’s top-priced horses are by Medaglia d’Oro.

Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum paid $1.6 million for a filly by Medaglia d’Oro who is a half-sister to English and Irish stakes winner Sergei Prokofiev.

Rick Nichols, Vice President and General Manager of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm in Lexington, signed the ticket.

“She is a beautiful filly – the kind you have to have,” Nichols said. “Sheikh Hamdan told me this morning to try to concentrate on getting some really nice fillies. We send all of our good fillies to England, and he keeps promising to send them back (but he doesn’t). Our broodmare band is starting to get a little old, and we need to rejuvenate it a little bit. I am pretty sure she will stay (in the U.S.) because the (offspring of) Medaglia d’Oro seem to do better here.”

Anderson Farms, agent, consigned the filly, whose dam is the Tapit mare Orchard Beach. In 2017, Sergei Prokofiev sold for $1.1 million at the September Sale.

“I’m very emotional right now,” David Anderson said. “I bred the mother and I bred this filly and she’s probably the most athletic filly I’ve ever had on the farm. We came here fairly confident that everyone would feel the same way I do, and I know that Mr. Nichols bought her for Shadwell. I want to thank Mr. (Joe) Allen for being the underbidder on the filly. There were many wonderful people that I respect that came by to see the filly and bid on her. It means a lot to a little guy from Canada.”

Robbie Medina, agent, spent $1.4 million for a Medaglia d’Oro filly who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Salty. Baccari Bloodstock, agent, consigned the filly, whose dam is the stakes-placed Dixie Union mare Theycallmeladyluck.

 

A colt by Curlin and a filly by American Pharoah sold for $1.2 million each.

The partnership of Repole Stable, St. Elias, Gainesway, John Oxley and Grandview spent the amount on the Curlin colt, whose dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Midnight Lucky, by Midnight Lute. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned the colt, who is from the family of Grade 1 winners Hookedonthefeelin, Pussycat Doll and Jimmy Creed.

Mike Rutherford purchased the American Pharoah filly, who was consigned by Betz Thoroughbreds, agent. Out of Grade 1-placed winner Modification, by Vindication, she a half-sister to undefeated Amsterdam (G2) winner Yaupon.

Rutherford said his current racing stable consists of six offspring of American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner.

“She is beautiful, gorgeous. Best filly I have seen,” Rutherford said about his latest acquisition. “Let’s hope she can run.”

 

Medaglia d’Oro also sired a filly that sold for $1.1 million. Indian Creek, agent, consigned the daughter of the stakes-winning Indian Charlie mare Thirteen Arrows. Out of multiple Grade 1 winner Stop Traffic, Thirteen Arrows is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Cross Traffic.

 

Two fillies by Into Mischief brought $1.025 million apiece.

Don Adam’s Courtlandt Farm purchased the first, whose third dam is Hall of Famer Personal Ensign. Clearsky Farms, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of the winning stakes-placed Distorted Humor mare Mary Rita.

“We’ve looked at a few Into Mischiefs,” Courtland Farm Manager Ernie Retamoza said. “Yesterday, we got outbid on the colt that brought $1 million. We’re a big fan of Into Mischief. We thought (this filly) had a lot of substance and a lot of class, and she’s the kind of filly we want in our race program.

“It seems like for all the better ones you have to go further than you thought you’d want to go. But that’s the way the sale is going. Everybody is on the same ones it seems like.”

BSW/Crow acquired the second seven-figure Into Mischief filly, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Gift Box and Grade 2 winner Stonetastic. She is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Special Me.

Liz Crow, who signed the ticket for an undisclosed client, said she first saw the filly at the farm before the sale.

“She has a great attitude, just the way that she carried herself and presented herself with a lot of class,” Crow recalled about that visit. “She did the same here. Every time I saw her she just was classier than the last time.”

 

The filly was consigned by Machmer Hall Sales, agent for Machmer Hall I.

“This means so much because I bought Special Me (at the 2009 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale for $6,000) as a broodmare prospect,” Carrie Brogden of Machmer Hall said. “It has been a whole progression of seeing and raising all of her foals. She is a great mom and is easy to get in foal and raises nothing but runners. She is the little mare that could.”

BSW/Crow was the session’s leading buyer, spending $2.84 million for four horses.

 

The September Sale takes a one-day hiatus tomorrow then resumes Wednesday with the first session of the two-day Book 2 beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

KEENELAND YEARLING SALE DAY 2 REVIEW

LEXINGTON, KY (September 14, 2020)
A partnership of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert LaPenta, Gainesway and Winchell Thoroughbreds paid $2 million for a colt by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Tara’s Tango to top Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which was marked by competitive bidding and the sale of nine yearlings for $1 million or more.

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TOTAL SALE STATISTICS

Head Sold Total Average Median
216 $86,445,000 $400,208 $330,000

SESSION STATISTICS

Head Sold Total Average Median
100 $44,535,000 $445,350 $360,000

TOP BUYERS

Name Horses Average Gross
BSW/Crow 4 $710,000 $2,840,000
Courtlandt Farm 3 $888,333 $2,665,000
Oxo Equine LLC 2 $1,287,500 $2,575,000
Shadwell Estate Company, Ltd. 3 $825,000 $2,475,000
Robbie Medina, Agent 2 $1,075,000 $2,150,000

TOP CONSIGNORS

Name Horses Average Gross
Taylor Made Sales Agency 14 $494,286 $6,920,000
Gainesway 10 $381,500 $3,815,000
Eaton Sales 5 $737,000 $3,685,000
Lane’s End Farm 6 $400,000 $2,400,000
Clearsky Farms 3 $608,333 $1,825,000

TOP HIPS

Hip Horse Sire Dam Consignor Buyer Price
0435 colt Tapit Tara’s Tango Eaton Sales, Agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised Eclipse, LaPenta, Gainesway, Winchell $2,000,000
0438 filly Into Mischief Taylor S Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CX Oxo Equine LLC $1,900,000
0319 filly Medaglia d’Oro Orchard Beach Anderson Farms, Agent Shadwell Estate Company, Ltd. $1,600,000
0442 filly Medaglia d’Oro Theycallmeladyluck Baccari Bloodstock, Agent III Robbie Medina, Agent $1,400,000
0282 colt Curlin Midnight Lucky Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Agent Repole, St Elias, Gainesway, J. Oxley, Grandview $1,200,000
0291 filly American Pharoah Modification Betz Thoroughbreds, Inc, Agent Mike G. Rutherford $1,200,000

$1.25 Million Tapit Filly Leads Opening Day of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

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Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1.25 million for a filly by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Embellish the Lace to top today’s first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale on a day marked by brisk trade and the sale of five horses for $1 million or more.

On Sunday, the first of two sessions of the prestigious Book 1 catalog, Keeneland sold 109 yearlings for a total of $40,680,000, for an average of $373,211 and a median of $330,000.

“We’re so happy to be having a September Yearling Sale,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said. “It was great to have people on the grounds. It was great to have trade. It was great to see people following (COVID-19) protocols so we can continue to have trade. It was a good day overall.”

Keeneland is conducting the September Sale, which continues through Sept. 25, amid COVID-19 protocols designed to create the safest sales environment possible. The sale is offering online and expanded phone bidding to enable buyers to participate remotely. Keeneland also has increased the number of bidding locations on the sales grounds to enable buyers to maintain proper social distancing. The new location at the Show Barn directly outside the Sales Pavilion proved popular with bidders.

Russell said five horses in the Sunday session sold via online bidding with one yearling purchased by a domestic buyer while the other four horses were sold to international buyers.

“The mechanics of the Internet bidding worked really well,” Arvin said. “We spent a lot of time practicing and preparing for that. It was great that it worked out as well as we expected it would.”

“Just to have a sale met our expectations,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “We’re very happy it’s September at Keeneland and we’re having a horse sale. To have competitive bidding at all levels of the market was very rewarding. The resiliency of this industry is unbelievable. For what everyone has been through, we appreciate all the buyers who are here and we wish them all success.”

During Sunday’s session, fillies commanded the four-highest prices.

The session-topping Tapit filly, who was consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent, is out of Alabama (G1) winner Embellish the Lace, by Super Saver, and from the family of Grade 1 winners Afleet Express and Materiality.

Claiborne Stallion Seasons and Bloodstock Manager Bernie Sams signed the ticket for the filly.

“This is for a Claiborne client,” Sams said. “He is going to try to buy a couple more fillies and build a broodmare band in the next few years. He wanted a Tapit filly. I saw her for the first time here a few days ago. (My first impression was that she is a) pretty, athletic filly. She is from a young mare from a family that could run. (With Tapit) it is a good cross.”

“You just never know what is going to happen even though she had all of the interest,” Bluewater owner Meg Levy told TVG. “She jumped through all the hoops. I am really, really thrilled that Claiborne’s client ended up getting her. She is such a queen. This filly did everything right the entire time.”

Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm paid $1.1 million for a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Constitution, Group 2 winner Boynton and Group 3 winner Jacaranda. Denali Stud, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of the Grade 3-placed winner Baffled, by Distorted Humor.

“We are not looking for collectable (broodmares); we are looking for a racehorse first,” said Todd Quast, who signed the ticket. “She obviously has great broodmare potential. She checked all the boxes for us. She is very athletic with a super, super shoulder like the Medaglia d’Oros have. We are happy to have her.”

Mike Ryan, agent, paid $1.05 million for a daughter of War Front who is a full sister to European champion and multiple Group 1 winner Air Force Blue. Out of the stakes-placed Maria’s Mon mare Chatham, she was consigned by breeder Stone Farm.

“This is for a client I started to buy a few horses for last year,” Ryan said. “He has been in racing awhile. This filly probably will go to Europe. She will start out there. Being a full sister to champion Air Force Blue, you would have to think she will love the turf. She looks to me like a filly who will run in the states on the dirt. She’s looks more to me like a dirt horse, but we know she will handle the grass. Hopefully she will do some good in Europe and we bring her back here later in her career.”

Ryan said he “thought she was an exceptional physical when I saw her at Stone Farm on (Aug. 28). She is a May foal and is very well grown for her age. Stone Farm raises good horses, and it is nice to buy from people who consistently raise good horses.”

Gainesway, agent, sold two yearlings – a daughter of Quality Road and a colt by Into Mischief – for $1 million each.

The Quality Road filly was purchased by Donato Lanni, agent. Out of the Grade 3-placed Ghostzapper mare Beloveda, she is from the family of Grade 3 winners Voyagers Quest and Golden Mystery.

Larry Best’s OXO Equine paid $1 million for the son of Into Mischief out of Grade 2-placed winner Curlina, by Cuvee, to make him the session’s high-priced colt. Best, who has a well-known affinity for progeny of Into Mischief, said, “I was looking for a good colt – I seem to collect the fillies.”

Asked about the market on opening day of the September Sale, Best said, “Based on what I’ve heard and seen today, the market’s a little stronger than what I anticipated. There’s a lot of buyers here paying a lot of money for good horses. So that’s a good sign for the industry. I hope it continues.”

Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, was the session’s leading buyer, spending $4.17 million for eight horses.

The leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, which sold 22 horses for $7.26 million.

The second session of the September Sale starts tomorrow at noon ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

KEENELAND DAY ONE SUMMARY

LEXINGTON, KY (September 13, 2020)
Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1.25 million for a filly by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Embellish the Lace to top today’s first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale on a day marked by brisk trade and the sale of five horses for $1 million or more. On Sunday, the first of two sessions of the prestigious Book 1 catalog, Keeneland sold 109 yearlings for a total of $40,680,000, for an average of $373,211 and a median of $330,000. “We’re so happy to be having a September Yearling Sale,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said. “It was great to have people on the grounds. It was great to have trade. It was great to see people following (COVID-19) protocols so we can continue to have trade. It was a good day overall.”

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TOTAL SALE STATISTICS

Head Sold Total Average Median
109 $40,680,000 $373,211 $330,000

TOP BUYERS

Name Horses Average Gross
Donato Lanni, Agt for SF/Starlight/Madaket 8 $521,250 $4,170,000
Mike Ryan, agent 7 $461,429 $3,230,000
West Bldstk, agt for Repole Stables & St Elias Stable 7 $387,143 $2,710,000
Albaugh Family/Barry Berkelhammer, agent 4 $450,000 $1,800,000
Courtlandt Farm 3 $553,333 $1,660,000

TOP CONSIGNORS

Name Horses Average Gross
Taylor Made Sales Agency 22 $330,000 $7,260,000
Gainesway 9 $504,444 $4,540,000
Denali Stud 6 $595,833 $3,575,000
Lane’s End Farm 12 $259,583 $3,115,000
Stone Farm 3 $773,333 $2,320,000

TOP HIPS

Hip Horse Sire Dam Consignor Buyer Price
0149 filly Tapit Embellish the Lace Bluewater Sales LLC, Agent XVI Claiborne Farm, Agent $1,250,000
0058 filly Medaglia d’Oro Baffled Denali Stud, Agent LIX Whisper Hill Farm LLC $1,100,000
0098 filly War Front Chatham Stone Farm Mike Ryan, agent $1,050,000
0067 filly Quality Road Beloveda Gainesway, Agent XI Donato Lanni, Agent $1,000,000
0121 colt Into Mischief Curlina Gainesway, Agent II Oxo Equine LLC $1,000,000

Expanded Bidding Options for the September Sale

September Yearling Sale - September 13-25

Expanded Bidding Options

Keeneland has expanded its bidding opportunities for the September Yearling Sale to deliver a world-class experience for you to participate no matter your location.

ONLINE
Access and bid on the auction in real-time through our new online bidding service.

BY PHONE
Expanded phone bidding will be available to buyers throughout the sale.

ON-SITE
Additional bidding locations are available to buyers present on-site to allow for proper social distancing.

Expanded Bidding Options

Should you be participating in the September Sale remotely, please review our Guide to Remote Bidding to familiarize yourself with the registration process and steps to bid by phone or online prior to the sale.

VIEW REMOTE BIDDING GUIDE
Expanded Bidding Options

Your Keeneland Sales Portal account is more important than ever. Through this tool, you’ll find access to your online account with Keeneland sales, along with our online and phone bidding platforms.

Prior to the September Sale, please take the opportunity to ensure you are registered with an account and request credit. Your account and credit will apply to any on-site, online and phone purchases.

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​Helpful Tips for the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale

September Yearling Sale - Sunday, September 13 - Friday, September 25 2020

Enhancements to the Online Catalog

The September Yearling Sale is less than two weeks away! To help you prepare for the sale, please review these helpful steps and tips ahead of time, whether you plan to participate in-person or remotely.

Expanded Bidding Options

Register for a Credential >>
All sales participants who plan on participating in the sale on-site at Keeneland must request a credential in order to access the sales grounds from Sept. 8-25.

Register within Keeneland Sales Portal >>
Whether you plan to bid in person or remotely, sign up for an account in the Keeneland Sales Portal or log in to your existing account and request credit in advance of the sale. The Keeneland Sales Portal is also your access to Keeneland’s online and phone bidding services during the September Sale

Review Pre-sale Yearling Inspection Locations >>
The Consignors & Commercial Breeders Association has compiled a list of farms and contact information should you wish to make arrangements to inspect yearlings before they arrive on the sales grounds.

Review List of Bloodstock Agents >>
Keeneland has compiled a list of bloodstock agents that will be available on the Keeneland grounds during the September Sale should you wish to contact them to inspect a yearling in-person.

Expanded Bidding Options

Register for a Credential >>
All sales participants who plan on participating in the sale on-site at Keeneland must request a credential in order to access the sales grounds from Sept. 8-25.

Complete a COVID Test >>
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required within 10 days of your first entry to either Keeneland or Fasig-Tipton sales grounds

Submit Walking Videos >>
All consignors may submit walking videos for their September Sale yearlings, which buyers can review on the online catalog.

Submit Consignor Comments >>
Consignors may submit a single-page PDF on letterhead for each yearling featuring comments or key selling points to promote your yearling. These are accessible on the “Info” tab of the online catalog.

KEENELAND NEWS

Download the Virtual Badge App
in the App Store or Google Play. Create an account, log in and select “Keeneland” under the Organization.

Complete the credential application
​​Select your role at the sale and complete the questionnaire.

  • Buyers should complete the form and submit. No other action is needed.
  • All other sales participants should indicate whether you will be testing at Keeneland/Fasig-Tipton or off-site.
    • If testing at Keeneland or Fasig-Tipton, your results will be linked to your Virtual Badge account once a negative test is received.
    • If testing off-site, upload a copy of your COVID-19 test result when prompted in the app.

Credential approved
You will receive notification of your request within 48 hours once your test has been processed. Your approved credential will appear in the Virtual Badge app on your phone, which will be scanned at entry each day.

Approved credentials will be valid at both Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton.