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KEENELAND SEPTEMBER SALE: Medaglia d’Oro colt hits the million
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KEENELAND SEPTEMBER SALE: Medaglia d’Oro colt hits the million
on 14 September 2016
A son of Medaglia d’Oro sold to MV Magnier was the top lot in the opening session of the Keeneland September Sale

AS the first session of the Keeneland September Select Yearling ended on Monday, a bay colt by Medaglia d’Oro consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent for Stonestreet was the top lot and the only yearling to reach the $1-million mark, selling to M.V. Magnier.

The third foal from his dam, Spring Party who is a half-sister to Grade 1 Forego Stakes hero Emcee (Unbridled’s Song) and Group 2 winner Surfer (Distorted Humor), the colt’s second dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Awesome Humor (Distorted Humor). He was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC in Kentucky.

“He’s a very nice horse,” Magnier said. “He reminded me a lot of (Medaglia d’Oro’s Australian champion son) Vancouver. He was an exceptional horse. He was an unusually good two-year-old. If (this yearling) runs like him, we will be in good shape. That’s a lot of money to give for a horse, but he’s very good looking and a great mover. Most likely he will stay in America.”

The sale saw strong participation from domestic and foreign buyers.

In total, Keeneland sold 108 yearlings for a gross of $34,531,000, down 22.65% from the opening session in 2015 when 150 horses sold for $44,642,000. The session average increased 7.43% from $297,613 to $319,731, while the median price of $267,500 was up slightly over last year’s $265,000.

The number of yearlings sold for $500,000 or more rose from 19 in 2015 to 25 this year. Taylor Made was the day’s leading consignor, selling 15 yearlings for $5,552,000.

The second highest priced yearling and the top filly was purchased by John Feguson.

The filly by War Front is out of Group 3 winner Aloof (Galileo), and was brought for $900,000. Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm went to $3.9 million to acquire Aloof while carrying the February foal at the 2014 Keeneland November sale. The bay was consigned by Timber Town (Mr. & Mrs. T. Wayne Sweezy). Ferguson made two further purchases, by Medaglia D'Oro and another by War Front.

Not surprisingly, two sons of Tapit were among the top lots with a Tapit-Afleeting Lady (Afleet Alex) colt from Mill Ridge Sales making $850,000 to Courtlandt Farm and a Tapit - Alittlebitearly (Thunder Gulch) colt from Gainesway going for $800,000 to John C. Oxley.

Courtlandt Farm also bought a Tapit filly out of Wicked Deed (Harlan´s Holiday) from Gainesway for $670,000.

War Front was again among the highflyers with a colt named Rumors Of War, (out of Sweet Lulu (Mr. Greeley) from Lane's End going to Shadwell for $700,000.

Tiznow's son Tiz Bob, out of Temple Street (Street Cry) from Taylor Made Sales Agency made $675,000 to Lane's End and a Curlin colt Arania (Dynaformer) from Gainesway also made $675,000 to Lane's End.

China Horse Club/Maverick Racing spent $1,500,000 in the opening session - buying three lots - the top was a $525,000 son of Medaglia D'Oro, sire of champion fillies Rachel Alexandra and Songbird. They also spent $500,000 on a son of Scat Daddy.

Giant's Causeway's top lot was out of Spunoutacontrol by Wild Again, from Lanes End, he sold for $525,000 to Ingordo Bloodstock.

Sea The Stars has one lot in the sale and a colt out of the Medaglia O'Oro mare Awesome D´Oro from Eaton Sales sold for $250,000 to Calumet Farm.

TOP LOTS

48 C, y, Medaglia D´Oro-Spring Party (Smart Strike) Taylor Made Sales Agency $1,000,000 M.V. Magnier

166 F, y, War Front-Aloof (ire) (Galileo (ire)) Timber Town $900,000 John Ferguson Bloodstock

154 C, y, Tapit-Afleeting Lady (Afleet Alex) Mill Ridge Sales $850,000 Courtlandt Farm

161 C, y, Tapit-Alittlebitearly (Thunder Gulch) Gainesway $800,000 John C. Oxley

78 Rumors Of War, C, y, War Front-Sweet Lulu (Mr. Greeley) Lane's End $700,000 Shadwell Estate Co.

90 Tiz Bob, C, y, Tiznow -Temple Street (Street Cry (ire)) Taylor Made Sales Agency $675,000Lane's End

183 C, y, Curlin-Arania (Dynaformer) Gainesway $675,000 Lane's End

138 F, y, Tapit-Wicked Deed (Harlan´s Holiday) Gainesway $670,000 Courtlandt Farm

120 F, y, War Front-Value Stream (A.p. Indy) Timber Town $600,000 Crupi's New Castle Farm

The September Sale continues through to Sunday, September 25th. Read Leo Powell's report in Saturday's The Irish Field

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