Keeneland September Sale: High Priced Stallion Showdown

The first crop yearling sires may be drawing attention this year, but Tapit seems dead-set on reminding everyone why he has been America’s leading sire for the last three years. We are four sessions into the September sale of yearlings and he has had 13 yearlings sell for upwards of $500,000, three horses that did not reach their reserve that brought a final bid of over $500,000 and not one horse that went through the ring today (sold or RNA) went for less than $275,000.

The RNA list for Tapit included foals out of esteemed mares like Wine Princess (RNA $475,000), Betterbetterbetter (RNA $475,000), Winter Memories (RNA $900,000), and Serena’s Cat (RNA $1,050,000); showing that sellers are holding this crop of Tapits in high regard.

Four horses broke or stopped at the million mark for Tapit as well: a filly out of Believe You Can that sold to Don Alberto for $1,000,000; a colt out of Tiz Miz Sue that sold to Shadwell for $2.5 million; a colt out of Miss Besilu that resulted in a bidding war that went the way of Mandy Pope and her farm Whisper Hill for $2.6 million; and a filly out of Pretty ‘n’ Smart that went to M. V. Magnier for $2.7 million.

War Front and the late Scat Daddy are also having a good sale thus far as they both have had three or more yearlings sell above the million mark. The latter is particularly attractive as it is his last crop of yearlings to ever sell and the racehorses on the track are having marked success both domestically and abroad.

Stallions whose offspring have been dominating on the track have also had a great sale so far: Uncle Mo has been consistently supported during the first four sessions and has enjoyed a yearling average of $302,291.67 so far and a total of $7.255 million with a few sessions still to go. Pioneerof the Nile, Medaglia d’Oro, and Curlin are all strongly supported this year no matter if it was a filly or colt going through the ring.

The top consigner at this point in the sale is Taylor Made with 99 horses sold at an average price of $286,182 and a gross of $28, 332,000. Lanes End, Gainesway, and Paramount Sales are the next three top grossing cosigners.

The top buyers at this point in the sale are Shadwell with 17 purchased horses with a gross of $12,475,000; Godolphin also with 17 purchased horses for a gross of $8,065,000; and M. V. Magnier with 10 purchases for a gross of $7,160,000.  Mike Ryan, as agent, has purchased the most horses thus far with 19 head, though his gross is $5,555,000.

This list will be updated once another couple of sessions have gone by but the sale is robust this year and it’s a good sign. There is a lot more coverage of fair prices than in years passed. We’ll see how they fair this year, but the trend is a good one.

The current standing fee of the stallions mentioned:

  • Tapit: $300,000
  • War Front: $250,000
  • Scat Daddy: Deceased
  • Uncle Mo: $150,000
  • Pioneerof the Nile: $110,000
  • Medaglia d’Oro: $150,000
  • Curlin: $150,000