Midnight Lute and Violence colts sell for $300,000 at Keeneland Sale

Midnight Lute and Violence colts sell for $300,000 at Keeneland Sale
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Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale continued to show solid growth during Tuesday’s eighth session of the 13-day sale, with increases in results and the sale of two colts for $300,000 each.

Keeneland sold 275 yearlings on Tuesday, the first day of the Book 4 portion of the sale, for $15,036,900, up 5.95 percent from the corresponding session in 2015 when the gross of $14,192,700 was recorded for 292 horses. The average of $54,680 rose 12.50 percent from $48,605 last year. The median increased 5.71 percent from $35,000 to $37,000.

Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,642 horses for $248,721,400, down 4.25 percent from the same period last year when 1,796 horses grossed $259,763,200. The cumulative average of $151,475 was up 4.73 percent from last year’s $144,634. The median dipped 5.26 percent from $95,000 to $90,000.

Two colts brought the day’s highest price of $300,000.

Steven W. Young, agent, paid $300,000 for a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 stakes winner Violence, who was consigned by Blake-Abina Thoroughbred Services, agent. The colt is out of the stakes-winning Spanish Steps mare Conway Two Step, a half-sister to the dam of 2016 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) winner Miss Temple City and her Grade 3-winning full sister, Pricedtoperfection.

Young was the day’s leading buyer, purchasing three yearlings for a total of $485,000.

A colt by Midnight Lute brought a final bid of $300,000 from Ruis Racing. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the colt is out of the Johannesburg mare My Crown Jewell.

Daughters of Midnight Lute and City Zip each sold for $200,000 to be the day’s highest-priced fillies. Frank M. Wooten, agent, purchased the Midnight Lute filly, who was consigned by Stonehaven Steadings. She is out of the winning Bernardini mare Venetian Sonata, a full sister to Grade 2 winner Wilburn.

John Sondereker acquired the $200,000 filly by City Zip out of the Bernardini mare Winning Scoop, a half-sister to stakes winner Coolwind. The filly was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.

Lane’s End, agent, was the leading consignor, selling 28 horses for $2,046,500.

The September Sale continues through Sunday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.


Source: Keeneland Association

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