LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Keeneland September Yearling Sale reached the halfway point Sunday with nearly $320 in cumulative sales for the first six sessions and Pin Oak Stud’s $900,000 purchase of a colt by Constitution from the family of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner and sire Liam’s Map and Grade 3 winner and sire Not This Time.
To date, 1,199 horses have sold through the ring for $319,865,000, for an average of $266,776 and a median of $200,000. The total is 2.45% below the $327,909,500 grossed for 1,242 yearlings sold during the same period last year. The average is 1.04% above the $264,017 from the corresponding period in 2022, while the median is unchanged.
Keeneland sold 277 yearlings Sunday for $38,868,000, down slightly from last year’s total of $40,172,000 from the sixth session when 286 horses sold. The average of $140,318 is nearly even with $140,462 in 2022, while the median of $100,000 is 9.09% lower than last year’s $110,000.
The session topper, whom Knockgriffin Farm consigned, agent, is out of the Curlin mare Low Pressure Zone.
Donato Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, purchased two of the session’s 10 top-priced yearlings, led by Musical, a colt by Candy Ride (ARG) knocked down for a final bid of $700,000. Consigned by Bridie Harrison, agent for Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, the colt is out of the Street Sense mare Melody and from the family of Grade 1 winner Well Chosen.
For the partnership, Lanni also paid $450,000 for a colt by Hard Spun out of Brinkley, by City Zip, from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Midnight Lute and multiple graded stakes winner Bound for Nowhere, consigned by Hidden Brook, agent.
Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, purchased four yearlings during the session for $1.82 million to lead buyers.
Pin Oak Stud acquired the day’s third-highest-priced yearling, paying $600,000 for a colt by Justify from the family of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Wrote (IRE). Consigned by Mt. Brilliant Farm agent, he is out of the Galileo (IRE) mare Durga Devi (IRE) and from the family of European champion and leading sire Nureyev.
CHC Inc., Maverick Racing, Siena Farm and Twin Creek purchased a colt by Constitution for $575,000. Consigned by Indian Creek, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, he is the first foal out of stakes winner Two Sixty, by Uncaptured, and from the family of Grade 2 winner Havnameltdown.
A colt by Medaglia d’Oro from the family of champion Gamine sold for $500,000 to Winchell Thoroughbreds. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, Stonestreet Bred & Raised agent, the colt is out of the winning Scat Daddy mare Princess Peggy.
Paramount Sales was Sunday’s leading consignor, selling 24 yearlings for $3,827,000.