Keeneland September Yearling Sale Barn Notes for Sept. 14
September 14, 2017 11:22am
Hip 578 (Scat Daddy colt) sells for $1.1 million at Keeneland (9-13-17)
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On Wednesday during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, three horses sold for $1 million and more, increasing to 11 the number of seven-figure horses sold during sale’s first three days.
The legacy and international appeal of Scat Daddy continued to make an impact, when another offspring of the late sire commanded top price for the second consecutive day.

Yesterday’s session topper was a colt purchased for $1.1 million by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. Consigned by Anderson Farms, agent, he is the first foal out of the Tapit mare Orchard Beach. A Scat Daddy colt topped the Tuesday session on a bid of $950,000 from Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock.

“It was a lot of money but sadly, as you know, we lost Scat Daddy a couple years ago,” Magnier said Wednesday about the stallion, who stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, and died unexpectedly in 2015. “It’s probably one of the biggest losses we’ll ever experience. We’re looking to have (the 3-year-old Group 1-winning Scat Daddy colt) Caravaggio to follow in his footsteps.”

Selling for $1 million apiece on Wednesday were a colt by Quality Road and a colt by Orb.

The strong market for quality yearlings continued throughout the session, with 194 horse sold for a gross of $47,018,000 and an average of $242,361 and a median of $180,000. Cumulatively, a total of 483 horses have sold for $149,414,000, for an average of $309,346 and a median of $220,000.

Today concludes Book 2 of the September Sale, which has cataloged a total of 4,139 yearlings over 12 sessions concluding Sept. 23.

The entire September Sale, which runs through Sept. 23, is streamed live on
Randy Bradshaw: “The market is strong and it looks like it will continue to be strong. There is a lot of money here and there are a lot of really good horses here. I think having all those elite horses on the first day might have gotten them more money than having them scattered throughout the book. Having more horses on these early days (compared with previous years) makes for a long day. But we are here to buy horses so if we have to work a 12-hour day, so be it.”

Kip Elser, Kirkwood Stables: “I think the top of the market as always is very, very strong as you can see by some of the bigger buyers teaming up. And I think the middle market is still very, very solid. You can buy horses, but you better be prepared to pay a bit over your original appraisals if you want to get the ones you really like. 

“(I was outbid) no more, no less than usual. You make your appraisals, you draw your lines and you get a few of them. We’ll be here all the way (through the end of the sale).”

Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier: “(The market’s) very strong. If you have the right horse, people want it, and I suppose that's the way it should be.”
Trainer Kenny McPeek: “I really liked the horses that I saw yesterday. I’m really just getting going. Typically, the middle and end of the sales is where I (buy the most horses). I’m not typically a first-session, second-session buyer, but we did get a beautiful horse yesterday and a couple of really nice fillies we partnered with Three Chimneys on.”
Kerri Radcliffe, who purchased the $1 million Orb colt with Eric Fein: “Instead of beating each other up and smashing each other up (bidding against each other on the same yearlings), we might as well be in a partnership together.”

Trainer Rick Violette: “I followed some I couldn’t afford but you just have to wait it out. Clients have certain standards that they stick to and sometimes they are too expensive for our pocketbook. I thought we did very well on Wednesday.”
Eclipse Award-winning trainers Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown, who both won classics this year with graduates of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale, and Bob Baffert, trainer of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Arrogate are among the notable North American and international trainers who have been shopping the September Sale for future champions and graded stakes winners.
Other North American trainers include Rusty Arnold, Steve Asmussen, Buff Bradley, Kelly Breen, Bret Calhoun, Christophe Clement, Ben Colebrook, Ignacio Correas, Neil Drysdale, Peter Eurton, Jinx Fires, Eoin Harty, Jerry Hollendorfer, Mark Hubley, Larry Jones, Eddie Kenneally, D. Wayne Lukas, Richard Mandella, Michael Matz, Ron McAnally, Andrew McKeever, Kenny McPeek, Ron Moquett, Tom Morley, Graham Motion, Bill Mott, Phil Oliver, Vicki Oliver, Neil Pessin, Mick Ruis, Joe Sharp, John Shirreffs, Al Stall Jr., Dallas Stewart, Mike Stidham, Barclay Tagg, John Terranova, Rick Violette, Brendan Walsh, Wesley Ward, George Weaver, Ian Wilkes and Nick Zito.
International trainers at Keeneland include Richard Gibson, John Gosden, Mark Johnston, David Lanigan, Jeremy McKeever, Aidan O’Brien, Joseph O’Brien and Sir Mark Prescott.
Pletcher won the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Yum! Brands with Always Dreaming, sold for $350,000. Brown won the Preakness (G1) with Cloud Computing, a $200,000 purchase.
Arrogate sold for $560,000 at the 2014 September Sale.

Today marks the final session of Book 2 and the conclusion of the first week of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Here’s the format for the remainder of the sale:
·       Dark Day, Friday, Sept. 15 – No sale will be conducted. 

·       Books 3-6 (Saturday-Saturday, Sept. 16-23) – Sessions begin at 10 a.m.
The September Sale resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. with the start of the two-day Book 3 (Hips 1203-2026). Each remaining session of the sale, which runs through Saturday, Sept. 23, begins at 10 a.m.
Well before the start of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Dewey Harper, Alan Gooden and others on the Keeneland team are busy preparing barns for incoming four-legged residents. The individual chores might seem small, but collectively the tasks keep the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction moving at a steady pace.
Dewey and Alan are stationed in the stable office in the center of the barn area at the main horse loading dock. The mood is laid-back, but there is always plenty of action with ringing phones, beeping walkie-talkies and steady foot traffic.
“We do a little bit of everything in here,” Dewey said. “We are always in contact with someone about something.”
After the sales staff makes barn assignments, Dewey and Alan act as liaisons between consignors and Keeneland’s maintenance and other departments. Chores include relaying information about late scratches to the crew of “horse callers,” who coordinate getting yearlings to the auction ring on time and fielding requests for minor maintenance such as light bulb replacements or mulch to keep barn entrances dry.
When yearlings settle into their temporary homes, Alan circulates to document their specific stalls chosen by the consignors in their designated barns. He posts those lists in the middle of each barn and sends the information to the commercial horse haulers to simplify their searches. He and Dewey stay in contact with yearlings’ representatives to ensure that previously sold horses are removed on schedule.

Dewey and Alan do similar work during Keeneland’s April and October race meets, and for the November Breeding Stock Sale and January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Alan started working as a seasonal Keeneland employee in 1988. Now retired from careers involving agriculture and owning a roofing business, he lives in southern Georgia. His time at Keeneland is a working vacation that allows him to reconnect with old friends.

“I recently saw a guy I had not seen in several years,” he said. “It is always nice to see familiar faces.”

Dewey spent 30 years as a Lexington firefighter while raising cattle on property that is now a division of Juddmonte Farms. A Keeneland employee for 12 years, he oversees the barn area of the Keeneland Training Center on nearby Rice Road throughout the year.

“I like everything about being at Keeneland,” he said. “If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be here. I enjoy being part of the year-round family and seeing all those that come from out of town for the sales and race meet.”

Sheep Pond Partners’ Lady Eli crosses the finish line of every race with her ears back and a steely expression on her face, conveying the gumption that allowed her to overcome a battle with laminitis and win eight graded stakes races. Five of those victories were Grade 1 races, including the Gamely (G1) and Diana (G1) in 2017.

Consigned by Runnymede Farm to Keeneland’s 2013 September Yearling Sale, Lady Eli sold for $130,000 to Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent.

Pete Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds said the yearling Lady Eli was “extremely athletic and had a real presence about her.” 

“While I make a living as a bloodstock agent by buying, selling and trading horses, the main reason I do what I do is to try to find exceptional equine athletes,” Bradley said. “My job is to be a talent scout. So for me, Lady Eli is the fruition of my passion for this sport. She is one of the best of her generation.”

Source: Keeneland Association


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