LEXINGTON, Ky. — Pin Oak Stud on Tuesday acquired the most expensive horse sold during the eighth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale since 1999 when it paid $925,000 for a colt by Twirling Candy.
Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the colt is out of the winning First Defense mare Hiking and from the family of English highweight Logician, Group 1 winner Cityscape and Grade/Group 2 winners Didina (GB), Bated Breath and Equilateral. Paramount was the day’s leading consignor with sales of $2,529,000 for 26 horses.
Pin Oak Stud spent $1.03 million for two horses to lead buyers.
On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 301 yearlings through the ring for $21,476,500, for an average of $71,350 and a median of $50,000. The gross is 1.39% higher than the eighth session in 2022, when 295 horses sold for $21,182,500. The average is nearly even with $71,805 in 2022, and the median is 9.09% below last year’s $55,000.
Through eight sessions of the 12-day sale, a total of 1,805 yearlings have sold for $365,943,000, which is 2.84% lower than last year’s corresponding period when 1,851 horses sold for $376,636,000. Average price of $202,739 is slightly below the $203,477 from 2022, while the median of $125,000 is 3.85% lower than $130,000 last year.
In other sales Tuesday, Rigney Racing acquired a colt by Ghostzapper for $330,000 and a colt by Liam’s Map for $280,000. Four Star Sales, agent, consigned the son of Ghostzapper who is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Lazy Daisy and is from the family of Grade 3 winner Valid Expectations. ELiTE, agent, consigned the son of Liam’s Map who is out of the winning Colonel John mare Elusive Joni.
Belladonna Racing VI, Cherie DeVaux, agent, spent $275,000 for a filly by Not This Time and $240,000 for a colt by Twirling Candy. The filly, who was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, is out of the Tapiture mare Mojo Mama and from the family of Grade/Group 1 winners A Phenomenon, Seattle Meteor and Con Te Partiro.
The colt, who was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent, is from the family of Grade 3 winner Derby Kitten and stakes winner William’s Kitten. He is out of Flush, a winning daughter of Violence.
HR Bloodstock paid $250,000 for a filly by Munnings from the family of Grade 1 winner Maracuja and Grade 2 winners Appealing Tale, Regally Appealing and Rockport Harbor. Out of Something New, by Medaglia d’Oro, she was consigned by Indian Creek, agent.