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Over Half a Billion Traded at Keeneland September
In the US, Keeneland's September Yearling Sale concluded a supremely successful run on Sunday, with gross sales of US$360,004,700 (AUD$531,336,337) – fifth highest in September Sale history, and only just behind last year's US$377,130,400 to rank as the second-highest gross since 2007. The sales topper, an US$8.2 million American Pharoah filly purchased by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm, and a US$4.1 million colt by Curlin sold to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin, headlined the prestigious sale. Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason was pleased with the success of the sale, given the format change and lesser number of yearlings catalogued this year, telling horseracingnation.com, "The presence again this year of Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan, the strong representation of top domestic buyers, the high quality of the yearlings brought to market and the great feedback we received about the format changes, barn improvements and enhanced amenities, all combined to make this a special sale." Some 22 horses sold for seven figures each, including seven that sold for US$2 million or more, and although the cumulative average of US$126,096 was down 2.5% from last year, and the median of US$45,000 was down 10% from last year's US$50,000, the format change (which enabled buyers more time to inspect yearlings, with Book 1 reduced from 4 to 3 sessions and fewer yearlings offered over Books 1&2) was hailed as a resounding success.