Keeneland September Sale: Book 1 Wrap-Up

by: Sean Nix

Keeneland wrapped up its four day Book 1 yesterday seeing gains in median and average sales numbers compared to 2013 although there were 73 more horses sold throughout Book 1 last year.  Thirteen horses fetched seven figures led by hip #680, a colt by War Front purchased by Coolmore and hip #749, a colt by Tapit purchased by Shadwell, who both brought $2.2 million.

There was also plenty of news regarding celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner, Bobby Flay and it wasn’t because of his spending.  He sold two fillies that he bred. The first being by Tiznow out of Countess Lemonade who brought a price of $1.1 million and the other being by Tapit out of Super Espresso who brought $1 million.  Countess Lemonade was purchased at Tattersalls October sale in 2012.  Super Espresso was purchased as a yearling and raced for Mr. Flay.

As we enjoy seeing all of the wonderfully bred yearlings, there also has to be time made for work.  We’ve already had the pleasure of meeting with several European agents while they were in Lexington for the sale. Although we do work closely with these agents throughout the year, there’s not always time to sit down and talk.  Gathering at the sale allows us to spend face to face time with these agents to discuss our future business.

As we prepare to begin a quarantine to send two stallions to Saudi Arabia, we continue to fulfill multiple requests for quotes for shipments off of this sale.  Although this sale hasn’t historically been one of our busiest, we have made it a priority this year.  We have some irons in the fire already and look forward to seeing our clients come away with a few purchases.

Book 2 will kick off on Saturday morning.  We look forward to blogging throughout the sale and hope to report back with some new shipping business soon.