BY BROCK SHERIDAN
A Florida-bred colt by Omaha Beach garnered a final bid of $250,000 for Donegal Racing by Jerry Crawford Thursday during the fourth session of the 12-session Keeneland September Yearling Sale that runs through Saturday, Sept. 23.
During Thursday action, Keeneland sold 207 yearlings for $53,351,000, down 5.8% from $56,635,000 for the corresponding session of 2022 when 230 horses sold. Average price climbed 4.67% from $246,239 to $257,734. The median of $200,000 was nearly equal to last year’s $202,500.
Selling as Hip 987 from the consignment of Richard Kent’s Kaizen Sales as agent, the chestnut colt is out of the winning Smart Strike mare More Oats Please, the dam of Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades-winning Florida-bred Peace and War and graded stakes-producing Florida-bred Conquest Angel. Sally J. Andersen of Ocala, Fla., bred the colt.
Hip 1075, a Florida-bred colt by Maclean’s Music out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Stand Back sold for $140,000 to Bradley Thoroughbreds as agent for Rodeo Creek Racing LLC. Stand Back is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed, stakes-winner Fila Primera and multiple graded-placed Saucy Lady. Consigned by Michael and Julia O’Quinn as agent, the bay colt was bred by John B. Penn of Ocala.
Sundowner Stable went to $135,000 to purchase Hip 1123, a bay filly by City of Light out of the stakes-winning Hook and Ladder mare Under Serviced. The filly is a half-sister to stakes-placed runners Kingpin and Lucky Mike and was consigned by Stuart Morris as agent. She was bred in the Sunshine State by Helen and Joseph Barbazon of Morriston, Fla.