The powerful opening session on September 19 heralded Book 4 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, led by a notable $600,000 son Candy Ride , sold to Talla Racing dealer Kim Lloyd. Elm Tree Farm (Mr. & Mrs. Jody Huckabay), Stonestreet Agent Bred & Raised, sent the colt to Hip 2214.
Book 4’s opening session saw 314 horses change from 373 horses through the track for total receipts of $27,544,000. Affordable with an average price of $87,720 and a median of $67,500. 59 horses failed to meet their reserve representing an RNA rate of 15.8%.
During the seventh cycle in 2021, Keeneland posted 334 horses sold out of 371 offered for total revenue of $27,967,500, averaging $83,735 and averaging $60,000. Thirty-seven horses failed to meet their reserve, representing an RNA rate of 9.9%.
Huckabay’s hopes of selling the colt came true from a later session, where he could shine, when the colt topped the seventh session. Maclean’s music Essentially Marie, half-sister to a pair of Risk Winners, including 2004 Darley Alcibiades and Golden Road Stakes winner (both in G2) runway model dam multi-row winner 1 McKinsey .
Lloyd signed the ticket on behalf of Talla Racing and said they eventually plan to send a Gulf colt to Southern California-based trainer John Sadler.
“Mike Tala bought it – Tala Racing – and we’re really excited about it,” Lloyd said. “I told Mike and my friend John Moynihan was the best guy Candy Ride I’d seen… I was telling them, ‘This is a horse from book one in book four.’ You never see that. So it’s very exciting.”
Not replacing him in two starts, he was knocked out by the two-time award winner Houston. Basically also a half-sister to the third grade Elena Strikes and bets Texas Kitty dam winner class 3 smash . The other half-sister, Mama Tia, is the dam of the 3rd class winner Southern honey bet winner Calither Sevenbets Shangroyal .
The placement of the fourth book did not slow down the steady stream of onlookers interested in the colt.
“He was a rock star here during the sale. Everyone asked why he was back so far, and it was just that we thought if we brought him back on sale, he could be a rock star, and he was,” Huckabay said. “The sale was choppy early on for us, but the last two books have been great.”
Maverick Racing/Siena Farm made three purchases Monday for total receipts of $825,000, with an average price of $275,000 to be the lead buyer for the day.
Coach Kenny McPeak bought Five Years during Session 7 to be the second-largest buyer in total. His purchases included: ponies Runhappy (hip 2103) and Mendelssohn (hip 2277) and three fillies, one filly hnf (hip 2142), army mule (hip 2163) and Collected (Hip 2216), for total receipts of $800,000 with an average price of $160,000.
Kenny McPeak on sale
“We didn’t do a lot of work in the first book and a little in the second, but I’ve had a lot of good clients since then. We’ve been buying about three a day, and it’s been good, I really liked,” McPeak said. What I thought was reasonable value. Now, as we get into these later sessions, the horses I love, I find it easier to get them for my clients.”
McPeek has purchased 14 horses for a grand total of $2,290,000 so far.
“I don’t have a set number, I stick with the numbers I like, go to the vet, and have the physical elements that appeal to me,” McPeak said. “We try to pick out what I think is best for those particular days, and hopefully we’re right.”
During the past seven days of sale, 1,622 horses from 2,008 horses were sold to go under the hammer for total revenue of $365,280,000. The average price was recorded at $225,203, and the median was $155,000. Three hundred and eighty-six horses failed to meet their reserve representing an RNA rate of 19.2%.
On an annual basis up to this point, 1,592 horses were sold out of 1,984 shown for gross reported revenue of $317,572,500. Suitable for an average of $199,480 and an average price tag of $140,000. Three hundred and ninety-two horses failed to meet their reserve to represent an RNA rate of 19.7%.
Gainesway closed the seventh session selling 27 horses for a total revenue of $2,827,000, good for an average price of $104,704, to be the lead sender of the course in terms of total.
“I think the market is excellent; it’s strong, as was the whole sale. I was worried about the mid-market end coming because I don’t think that end has been great so far (mid to bottom),” commented Riley MacDonald of Eaton Sales. “But it definitely filled up today; there’s a new group (of buyers) here, and there’s going to be another wave around book five at the end of the week.”
Book 4 continues tomorrow, starting at 10am, with Hips 2370 – 2780 set to walk through the ring. As of Monday evening, 47 entries have been withdrawn from Session 8.