Keeneland September Book 4 closes with $450,000 Connect

Black-Type Thoroughbreds finished victoriously on September 20 in the second day of book 4 sales at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, after placing a final bid at $450,000 for the Relate filly consigned as Hip 2637 by Paramount Sales. The filly held firm throughout the day to be the most expensive Session 8 bid.

On Tuesday, 295 horses were sold of the 358 through the ring for gross receipts of $21,182,500, an average price of $71,805 and a median of $55,000. Sixty-three horses did not reach their reserve, which represents an RNA level of 17.5%.

In the eighth session of 2021, 317 yearlings out of the 356 offered sold for the final figure of $20,746,000. An average of $65,445 and a median price of $45,000 were recorded. An RNA level of 12.3% represents the 39 horses that did not reach their reserve.

Paramount Sales led the day after selling 25 head for gross receipts of $2,076,500, at an average price of $83,060, including the top selling filly Connect.

The filly was bred in Kentucky by Castleton Lyons and Kilboy Estate from their Distorted Humor Fun Affair mare, winner in England and producer in the United States. The mare is out of the US Champion filly 2 years Caress a winner on many levels, including her top-class performance in the Breeders’ Cup 2000 Juvenile Fillies (G1), she earned $955,998 on the track.

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The Honor and Glory mare produced the 2017 United States Champion 3-year-old colt, Western coast a performer of multiple ranked stakes and now a Lane’s End stallion whose first crop of foals are 2 year olds this year.

“We’ve had good luck with Connect before; I’m a big fan of the stallion,” said Maddie Mattmiller. “This particular filly had a lot of back pedigree on her. Her dam being out of a champion mare, she has a sire under the second dam. The filly was a queen all day; she behaved well. That’s a lovely filly and stood out in this book for sure, and we had to have her.”

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

(LR): Maddie Mattmiller and Jake Ballis with black-type thoroughbreds

The racing entity has made four purchases in the last eight days for gross receipts of $1,280,000.

“We weren’t expecting to go this high on her, but at the same time, you never know with a filly with her pedigree, who is as gorgeous at the end of a rod as her page suggests…you’re going to get to pay,” Mattmiller said.

By the end of the second day of selling Book 4, BET had made five purchases grossing $750,000 to be the top buyer of the day, followed by Jebel Ali Stables, who bought two yearlings grossing $750,000. of $570,000.

(LR): Trainer Michael Costa with Jebel Ali Stables, Jay Kilgore with Metrics Equine and Scott Kintz.  Hip 2557 colt by Dialed In out of Castle Road at Hinkle Farms Scenes at Keeneland September Sale on 20th September 2022.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

(LR): Trainer Michael Costa, Jay Kilgore with Metrics Equine and Scott Kintz

Cumulatively over the past eight sessions, 1,932 of the 2,366 horses crossing the ring have sold for gross numbers of $387,281,500. An average price of $200,456 and a median of $130,000 were established. Four hundred and thirty-four horses did not reach their reserve, which represents an RNA rate of 18.3%.

At this point in 2021, Keeneland has recorded 1,800 horsepower changed hands of the 2,340 offered for a total gross of $326,762,000. An average price of $177,222 and a median of $110,000 were recorded. Five hundred and forty horses did not reach their reserve, which represents an RNA rate of 23%.

The Book 5 sale begins tomorrow, September 21, with Hips offer 2781-3183, starting at 10 a.m. ET. By Tuesday evening, 33 horses had been withdrawn from Wednesday’s session.

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