The Keeneland September Yearling Sale is the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world. Over 4000 horses are catalogued across 12 sessions, starting with the best of the best in Book 1. In a record-setting two days in Book 1, 22 horses reached the seven-figure mark, compared to nine million-dollar yearlings in the entire sale last year. This year’s edition broke all the records and continued the strength of the international bloodstock market with the gross surpassing US$400m, up US$54m on last year’s sale.
Despite such hot competition, there was still value to be unearthed, and we secured a total of five yearlings on behalf of clients, with all purchases destined for California.
Hip 340 – Filly – Medaglia d’Oro x Miss Exclusive $500k
Our first purchase came in Book 1 where we secured the classy Medaglia d’Oro filly from Mt. Brilliant Farm. She hails from the famous Hasili family which has been nurtured by Juddmonte for many generations. The family includes leading sires such as Dansili, Leroidesanimaux and Champs Elysees. Out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Miss Exclusive, a daughter of the G1w Intercontinental, she was purchased for client Volcanic Racing partnering with Joey Platts and will go into training with Phil D’Amato at Santa Anita.
Hip 607 – Filly – Speightstown x Defy $250k
From the draft of leading consignors Machmer Hall Sales, this filly was purchased for Radley Equine & Volcanic Racing. The very fast-looking first foal from the speedy Into Mischief mare Defy, this filly handled the sale like a true professional. She is from a family of stakes winners and is by the mighty Speightstown – a phenomenal sire who gets top class horses across all surfaces. This filly will go into training with Dan Blacker at Santa Anita.
Hip 1029 – Filly – Uncle Mo x Impasse $450k
Our second purchase for Volcanic Racing partnering with Joey Platts was this tough Uncle Mo filly from the draft of Candy Meadows Sales. She’s a beautiful, scopey type with class and quality from a very fast family and will go into training with Phil D’Amato.
Hip 1151 – Colt – Flatter x Princess Gibraltar $180k
This colt looks like an athletic, versatile two-turn type that could go on either dirt or turf being by the proven dirt sire Flatter and out of a European stakes winner, who scored as a juvenile and then kept improving with age. Consigned by the famed Claiborne Farm, this colt should do the same, and he is another purchase for Radley Equine to be trained by Dan Blacker.
Hip 1474 – Colt – Good Magic x Lady Bellamy $210k
A striking colt by the exciting young sire Good Magic who is impressing with his first crop. This colt, who was consigned by Machmer Hall Sales, looks rock solid and was a standout physical in our eyes as a two-turn dirt horse, who should keep improving with age. He was another purchase for Radley Equine & Volcanic Racing to be trained by Dan Blacker.