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Keeneland Sep Book-1 Closes On A High
At a sale that has seen its fair share of drama over many years, including a myriad Coolmore-Godolphin battles over decades in the ring for prized yearlings, the 2019 Keeneland Book-1 closure ranks right up there with the best. Notwithstanding Mandy Pope's gravity-defying $8.2 million sale-topping filly, the metrics were quite simply outstanding, much to the delight of Keeneland vice president of racing and sales, Bob Elliston who had expressed doubts that 2019 could match 2018. According to bloodhorse.com, the over-arching key stats were: from 569 yearlings catalogued in the three Book 1 sessions, 340 sold horses grossed US$160,463,000 at an average price of US$471,950 and a US$355,000 median. After three longer sessions a year ago, 457 horses had averaged US$366,166 with a US$280,000 median on gross receipts of US$167,338,000. The cumulative RNA rate is 26.1% this year, compared with 27.5% in 2018, which is pretty much line ball. The figure that really stands out is the median; even though not like-for-like, that's an almost 27% increase. Among the 20 yearlings sold for US1 million or more, seven of them fetched $2 million-plus.