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Keeneland Yearling Sale surpassing last year’s, selling 1455 horses so far for average of $187,834

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The buoyant pace continued at Keeneland on Monday when gross sales of $273,298,000 through seven sessions of the 12-day September Yearling Sale surpassed total sales of $272,890,500 recorded during last year’s entire 13-day auction.

Monday marked the first of the two-day Book 4. Keeneland sold 276 horses for $18,385,000, for an average of $66,612 and a median of $50,000.

Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,455 horses for $273,298,000, for an average of $187,834 and a median of $120,000.

Cairo Prince colt was top seller

“Today’s session was strong, and there was a lot of activity in the barn area with buyers inspecting horses for tomorrow’s session,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said.

Mike Ryan, as agent, paid the day’s top price of $350,000 for a colt from the first crop of Cairo Prince. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent, the colt is out of the winning Horse Chestnut (SAF) mare Precious Princess. He is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Zipessa, who finished second by a neck in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (G3) on Sept. 9.
 
Glen Hill Farm’s Craig Bernick spent $285,000 on a filly by Orb consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent. She is out of the winning Langfuhr mare Maxinkuckee Miss and from the family of Grade 3 winner Fly’n J. Bryan.

Select Sales was the day’s leading consignor, selling 35 horses for $2,374,000.

EQB, agent, purchased four yearlings for $485,000 to be the leading buyer.

The September Sale continues through Saturday, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

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