Keeneland sales area | Keeneland photo
By Jessica Martini
LEXINGTON, KY – Afterwards a anniversary alternate by corybantic bidding, the Keeneland September Yearling Auction took a one-day aperture Friday and, while the pavilion may accept been quiet for the aboriginal time in four days, activity at the sales barns was active as buyers formed their way through the over 800 arch catalogued for the two-day Book 2 which begins Saturday at 10 a.m.
“We’ve been very, actual solid,” Darby Dan sales administrator Hunter Houlihan said of activity about the farm’s sales barn 10. “We’re actual blessed with the activity. We were actually airtight bygone and it’s been appealing abundant ceaseless today.”
After abundant rains bedfast assuming aftermost Sunday, Keeneland pushed aback the alpha time for its four Book 1 sessions, and by Thursday buyers were already affective on to see Book 2 horses.
“Most everybody apparently had [Book 1] agape out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, so they were able to use Thursday morning to get a arch alpha on Book 2,” Houlihan said.
During a blockbuster Book 1, Keeneland awash 596 head–including 26 seven-figure yearlings–for a absolute of $216,813,000, an boilerplate of $363,780 and a average of $300,000. The buy-back amount was 27.8%.
Consignors attending for the able after-effects from anniversary one to backpack into Book 2 back behest resumes Saturday morning.
“I anticipate it’s actually activity to accumulate on rolling bottomward hill,” Houlihan said. “You can’t accept a bazaar this able and not accept it abide on. It’s artlessly activity to be a crawl bottomward theory, I would say.”
Zach Madden of Buckland Sales is acquisitive buyers who got shut out of a aggressive Book 1 will be accessible to absorb their money in Book 2.
“I am acquisitive to be appropriate on that beachcomber of some bodies not actuality able to get being bought in Book 1 who are activity on to advance their assets to Book 2,” Madden said. “It’s been absolutely advantageous up there and all the indicators say that it will abide on.”
Derek MacKenzie of Vinery Sales was seeing new faces accompany the affray Friday at his barn 24.
“I anticipate Book 2 will be really, absolutely strong, that would be my expectation, but you never apperceive for sure,” MacKenzie said. “There are a lot of faces I didn’t see in Book 1 and I anticipate they’ll be actuality in Book 2. I anticipate from the pushback from Book 1 that didn’t get horses, additional the new arrivals, I anticipate it will be absolutely good.”
MacKenzie looks to get a added authentic account of the bazaar in Book 2 afterwards the high-end selectivity of Book 1.
“I anticipate the horses that ticked the boxes, everybody wants those horses,” he said. “So they charge added horses that beat the boxes, but they accept to beat them all or there is cipher home. At atomic that’s the way it was in Book 1. I acquainted like [Book 1] was absolutely able if they met the criteria, but the ones that didn’t, it was appealing tough. I anticipate Book 2 will be the absolute sale, if that makes sense.”
Last year’s auction featured a actual baddest one-session Book 1 followed by a three-day Book 2. The change this year to an broadcast four-session Book 1 has presented consignors with a adjustment conundrum.
“I anticipate the new architecture is the agrarian card, strategically, as to area to position these horses back you are accomplishing book placements,” Madden said. “I anticipate you’re activity to see a alloy of Book 2 and Book 3 this weekend, but it still seems like there are a ton of bodies about and acceptable activity this morning.”
MacKenzie accepted a alternative for the 2017 format.
“I wasn’t crazy that we had to accept the horses actuality as continued as we had to accept them here,” he explained. “Especially the Wednesday/Thursday horses. I polled a few buyers and I didn’t see them admiring it either–just because they had so abundant back-tracking with horses all over the grounds. I was one of the guys that admired it aftermost year with the 150 bazaar affair and the three-day Book 2.”
The Keeneland September auction continues through Sept. 23 with behest alpha circadian at 10 a.m.
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