Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Yearling bred and sold by KatieRich Farms was purchased for $625,000.
By: Ron Mitchell
Topped by a son of Quality Road sold late in the session for $625,000, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale powered along Sept. 16, and at the end of the day total receipts were second-highest since 2009.
Keeneland reported 268 horses were sold Monday for gross receipts of $26,756,500, an average of $99,838, and a $73,500 median price. The 105 horses that went unsold represented an RNA rate of 28.2%.
Since this year’s sale was reformatted, session-to-session comparisons are not accurate and a true measure of the sale can be made after the Sept. 22 final session.
This year’s seventh session would have been comparable to the eighth day a year ago, in which 271 yearlings grossed $19,603,400, with a $72,337 average and $50,000 median.
From 2,142 horses cataloged through Monday—the second session of Book 3—Keeneland sold 1,309 yearlings for $314,829,500, with a cumulative average of $240,511 and a $170,000 median.
That figure exceeds the $307,845,400 figure of 2017 when 2,555 horses were sold and with six days remaining is second only to last year’s $377,130,400 total paid for 2,916 yearlings since the industry bottom in 2009 when 3,159 head grossed $191,859,200.
Entering the sales ring late in the 9 1/2-hour session, the session-topper was purchased by Justin Casse on behalf of Team Casse from Larry and Karen Doyle’s KatieRich Farms.
The colt consigned as Hip 2119 is a half brother to grade 3 winner Nootka Sound and is out of stakes winner Miss Red Delicious, by Empire Maker .
“(The colt) really presented himself well and looked the part,” buyer Casse said. “He’s a Quality Road, and we’re in Book 3, so the pedigree is going to stick out. It’s a nice, active female family, and he’s by one of the best sires in the world. And he came from a good farm. I think he’ll be a beautiful horse once he gets into training.”
The KatieRich team was over the moon with their success with the Quality Road colt, noting that he was earmarked for Book 3 because he was a late foal (April 7, 2018) and because he could be a standout in the session.
“He’s a standout colt, probably a little immature and he looked like he would be a good fit for Book 3,” said Tammy Ingebritson, of KatieRich. (more…)