The first day of the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale saw an A.P. Indy colt sell for $1.4 million to become the sales topper of the opening session.
The colt was out of the Deputy Minister mare Malka, and is part of the family of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver. He was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
Bob Feld, a bloodstock advisor, said the colt was purchased by a group, which includes John Amerman and Robert “Shel” Evans. The colt will be trained by Neil Drysdale.
“He’s a gorgeous colt,” Feld said in the Keeneland press release. “There aren’t too many A.P. Indy’s left. Neil thought he looked more like A.P. Indy than any colt he’s ever seen.”
A.P. Indy was pensioned earlier this year.
In addition to the A.P. Indy colt, a pair of Street Cry (IRE) colts brought the evening’s second- and third-highest prices.
George Bolton, a San Francisco businessman who bid by phone, acquired a colt by Street Cry (Ire) out of multiple graded stakes winner Forest Music, by Unbridled’s Song. Bolton paid $1.2 million for the colt, which was consigned by Gainesway, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.
“I saw this horse grow up and whenever you see a horse grow up and know a horse from its early days on, that’s very important,” said Bolton. “The mare is proven to be a good runner, and she had a great first foal. Those are some pretty nice pieces of news to have.”
Bolton also noted that the colt was bred by the late Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables, a family friend.
The other Street Cry (Ire) colt was purchased by Benjamin Leon, in the name of his Besilu Stables. He paid $925,000 for the colt, which is out of champion Hollywood Wildcat. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Irving Cowan, the colt is a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner and sire War Chant, and English Group 2 stakes winner Ivan Denisovich (IRE).
“It’s a Street Cry son and (he) has a heck of a family on the dam side,” Leon said. “We are trying to round up the very best quality – not quantity but quality. We believe the horses we are buying are quality and they look like good racehorses.”
Leon was also the session’s leading buyer, as he purchased the session’s two highest-priced fillies at $775,000 each. The first was by Indian Charlie out of multiple graded stakes winner Lu Ravi. It was consigned by Woods Edge Farm, agent. The second was by A.P. Indy out of stakes winner Private Gift from Mr. Brilliant Farm, agent.
Gross sales at Keeneland’s opening session on Sunday totaled $25,260,000 for 67 yearlings, for an average of $377,015 and a median of $350,000. Last year, 69 horses sold for $23,965,000, for an average of $347,319 and a median of $250,000.
“There were a number of good, solid outcomes from today’s session,” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “We had two horses sell for more than a million dollars compared to one that sold in this session last year. The top two buyers are domestic, yet several of the top-priced hips sold to international buyers, indicating a depth within in the buying bench. The average was up, as was the median. Clearly, the buyers remain discerning in this market. All in all, we’re pleased with how this session went.”
The September Sale continues through Saturday, September 24. The Monday, September 12, session begins at 7 p.m. eastern time. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.
Information provided by Keeneland.
Photo courtesy of Keeneland Photos.