Keeneland September Book 4 Closes with $450K Connect

Black Type Thoroughbreds finished victoriously Sept. 20 during the second day of selling from Book 4 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, after launching a final bid at $450,000 for the Connect filly consigned as Hip 2637 by Paramount Sales. The filly held strong throughout the day to be Session 8’s highest-priced offering.

On Tuesday, 295 horses were sold of the 358 through the ring for gross receipts of $21,182,500, an average price of $71,805 and a median of $55,000. Sixty-three horses failed to meet their reserve, representing an RNA rate of 17.5%.

During the 2021 eighth session, 317 yearlings of the 356 on offer sold for final figures of $20,746,000. An average of $65,445 and a median price of $45,000 was recorded. An RNA rate of 12.3% represents the 39 horses who failed to meet their reserve.

Paramount Sales led the day after selling 25 head for gross receipts of $2,076,500, at an average price of $83,060, including the sale-topping Connect filly.

The filly was bred in Kentucky by Castleton Lyons and Kilboy Estate out of their Distorted Humor mare Fun Affair, a winner in England and a producer stateside. The mare is out of the US Champion 2-year-old filly Caressing a multiple graded stakes winner, including her first-class performance in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), she earned $955,998 on the track.

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The Honor and Glory mare produced the 2017 US Champion 3-year-old colt, West Coast a multiple graded stakes performer and now a Lane’s End stallion whose first crop of foals are 2-year-olds this year.

“We have had luck before with Connect; I’m a big fan of the sire,” Maddie Mattmiller said. “This particular filly had a lot of back pedigree on her. Her dam being out of a champion mare, she has a sire under the second dam. The filly was a queen all day showing; she carried herself well. She’s a pretty filly and stood out in this book for sure, and we had to have her.”

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

(LR): Maddie Mattmiller and Jake Ballis with Black Type Thoroughbreds

The racing entity made four purchases over the past eight days for gross receipts of $1,280,000.

“We were not expecting to go that high on her, but at the same time, you never know with a filly with her pedigree, that is as stunning on the end of a shank as her page suggests she should be… you’re going to have to pay,” Mattmiller said.

At the conclusion of the second day of selling from Book 4, BET had made five purchases for a gross of $750,000 to be the day’s leading buyer, followed by Jebel Ali Stables, which purchased two yearlings for a gross of $570,000.

(L-R): trainer Michael Costa with Jebel Ali Stables, Jay Kilgore with Metrics Equine, and Scott Kintz.  Hip 2557 colt by Dialed In out of Castle Road at Hinkle Farms Scenes at Keeneland September Sale on Sept.  20, 2022.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

(L-R): Trainer Michael Costa, Jay Kilgore with Metrics Equine, and Scott Kintz

Cumulatively over the past eight sessions, 1,932 of the 2,366 horses through the ring have sold for gross figures of $387,281,500. An average price of $200,456 and a median of $130,000 was established. Four hundred thirty-four horses failed to meet their reserve, representing an RNA rate of 18.3%.

At this point in 2021, Keeneland recorded 1,800 horses changed hands of the 2,340 on offer for a gross total of $326,762,000. An average price of $177,222 and a median of $110,000 was recorded. Five hundred forty horses failed to meet their reserve, representing an RNA rate of 23%.

Selling from Book 5 begins tomorrow, Sept. 21, with Hips 2781-3183 on offer, starting at 10 am ET. As of Tuesday evening, there had been 33 horses withdrawn from Wednesday’s session.

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