Solid middle market at Keeneland 2YO Sale

A strong middle market helped Monday’s Keeneland April 2YO Sale post solid gains in both average and median.

The top of this year’s sale was similar to last year, with the same $700,000 top price and three juveniles reaching or surpassing half-a-million dollars.  A buoyant mid-section helped the average jump 19% to $197,288 and median surge 25% to $150,000.

Keeneland vice president of sales Walt Robertson credited strong interest throughout the sale for the increased numbers.  “By the time we got to the breeze show, we knew we had a lot of nice horses,” Robertson said.  “There wasn’t much surprise. Good horses, good buyers; we knew that going in.”

Robertson noted that the auction saw a lot of horses sell in the $250,000 to $400,000 range.  “We had a significant number of those horses,” Robertson said. “They worked well and looked the part.”

The Unbridled’s Song – Eden’s Causeway (Giant’s Causeway) filly brought highest price when fetching $700,000 from Irish bloodstock agent John McCormack.  Consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, she is a half sister to Eden’s Moon, who captured the 2012 G1 Las Virgenes Stakes.  Second dam North of Eden (Northfields) is a half sister to Theatrical.

“There’s a quite a bit of pedigree here that to me doesn’t show up at many of the other sales,” said McCormack after signing the ticket.  “We’re here in the backyard of many of the great breeders and owners, so it meshes well together.”

Wavertree finished as leading consignor by gross with 19 horses sold for $4.4 million.  Dunne said the sale-topper stood out from the start.  “She’s a wonderful filly; from day one we knew she would be a special offering.

“She’s out of a G1 producing filly by a super stallion.  You just don’t see them in this marketplace.  Then when she backed it up on the racetrack, it was likely she was going to make a name for herself in the ring.”

The Unbridled’s Song filly was previously consigned to the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, but her reserve was not met when the bidding stopped at $245,000.  Her dam Eden’s Causeway delivered a Mineshaft colt on February 1.

The leading freshman stallion was G1 winner Pioneerof the Nile who saw four horses sell for an average of $206,250.