First-crop classic types selling well at Keeneland

Claiborne first-crop sire Blame is enjoying a banner Keeneland September yearling sales. To date, his stats are dazzling for a horse whose yearlings were conceived on a $35,000 stud fee: 28 sold for a gross of $5,442,000, for an average price of $194,357 and a median of $192,500. The latter number is particularly impressive. Blame’s highest-priced yearling was a $550,000 colt from an A.P. Indy mare consigned by Gainesway, and this colt figures to stay as well as his sire did with the additional stamina provided by his broodmare sire.

Blame’s popularity is refreshing, because he was a late developing horse bred to stay as far as races are contested in the US. More on his pedigree can be read here from an earlier post.

Two other sires—Quality Road and Lookin at Lucky—entered stud in 2011 with Blame for a $35,000 fee, and their yearlings, too, are selling well. And Like Blame, they were US classic-type horses. Quality Road’s 42 yearlings to date have averaged $129,167 at Keeneland (with a $110,000 median) while Lookin at Lucky’s 32 yearlings have averaged $124,375 (90,000 median). Like Blame, both Quality Road and Lookin at Lucky have had a big sales horse: a $500,000 colt for the former and a $490,000 colt for the latter.

Two others with staying ability that need to be included are Eskendereya, who entered stud for a $30,000 fee, and Derby winner Super Saver, whose stud fee in 2011 was $20,000. The former’s 36 yearlings sold to date have averaged $140,250 ($107,500 median) while the latter’s 37 yearlings have averaged $120,270 ($85,000 median). Super Saver had a colt bring $360,000 while Eskendereya had one that made $540,000.

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