BY BROCK SHERIDAN
A Florida-bred filly by Maclean’s Music out of Elazani, by A.P. Indy sold for $57,000 Wednesday during Session 9 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The marathon auction will continue through Saturday when it concludes with Session 12.
Results for the day increased across the board as 298 yearlings sold through the ring for $13,430,200, up 3.56% from last year’s gross of $12,969,000 when 329 horses sold. Average price of $45,068 increased 14.33% over $39,419 in 2022, while the median rose 11.67% from $30,000 to $33,500.
Of the 10 Florida-bred yearlings scheduled to sell Wednesday, seven changed hands including the aforementioned bay filly cataloged as Hip 2912, who was bred by Dominique Damico and was purchased by Moderniza from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment as agent. Elazani is a half-sister to stakes-placed True Vindication and stakes-producer Royal Society.
The last Florida-bred through the ring Wednesday was Hip 3175, a bay filly by City of Light out of Tizabella, by Tiznow that went to Mectalier Gonzalez for $47,000. Tizabella is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed, stakes-winner Lady Chace; stakes-winner Vindy City, Grade 1-placed Big Tiz and stakes-producer Minnie’s Minister. She was bred by Bug Thoroughbreds.
Two Florida-bred yearlings garnered bids of $45,000 including Hip 3031 and Hip 3134.
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. signed the ticket on Hip 3031, a gray or roan colt from the first crop of Global Campaign, winner of the Grade 1 Woodward. Bred in the Sunshine State by Philip and Karen Matthews, the colt is out of the Cloud Hopping mare Miss Skeetd, who has also produced Grade 3-placed, multiple stakes-winner Mr. Jordan and stakes-producer Miss Propitious. Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield as agent consigned the colt.
Star Bloodstock, Rogers and Diego Dias outlasted all bidders to acquire Hip 3134, a Florida-bred colt from the first crop by Grade 2 Best Pal-winner Instagrand. The chestnut colt was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as agent and is out of Starship Sheba, by Put It Back. Bred by Mustang Farms Inc., the colt is a half-brother to stakes-producer Smart Touch.
Hip 2836 went to Captiva Bloodstock for $40,000. The Florida-bred colt is from the first crop by Tom’s d’Etat, winner of the Grade 1 Clark, and is out of the Grade 2-winning Silver Deputy mare Bickerons, who has also produced stakes-producer Gauche. Consigned by Highgate Sales as agent, the colt was bred by San Francisco Stables LLC.
Hip 3040 sold to Michael Feriole as agent for $37,000 out of the Summerfield consignment. The Florida-bred colt is by Frosted out of My Best Ten, by Hard Spun and is a half-brother to stakes-winner Vow to Recover. The gray or roan colt was bred in Florida by Rustlewood Farm Inc.
New Era Farm put in the final bid of $20,000 to take Hip 2873, a Florida-bred filly by first crop sire Maximum Security, the multiple Grade 1 winner of the Xpressbet Florida Derby, TVG.com Haskell Invitational, Cigar Mile Handicap and TVG Pacific Classic. Consigned by Moreau Bloodstock International Inc., as agent, the filly is out of Colt Forest, by Forestry and was bred by Craig L. Wheeler.
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