$1.4 Million Sale Topper at Keeneland

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

She's the daughter of Triple Crown winner AMERICAN PHAROAH and the half-sister to undefeated ECHO ZULU, who won the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga just eight days ago and now the sale topper for the first day of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The filly, Hip 43, sold for $1.4 million to Northshore Bloodstock, agent. 

The Book 1 catalog two sessions saw 95 yearlings sell for a total of $38,172,000 for an average of $401,811 and a median of $325,000. Totals include six horses sold via online bidding for $2,650,000. Three horses sold for seven figures. 

"The sale should be a fun environment. It is exciting that we are here, that we are all back together and that we have phenomenal horses on offer in Book 1. We had complimentary cocktails being passed and brunch being served, a Bluegrass band playing ‘My Old Kentucky Home' on the auction stage right before the sale started. We worked hard to create that environment, and we got a lot of positive feedback. Book 1 at Keeneland's September Sale is special, and it deserves to feel that way," said Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin. 

"Trade was really strong today. There was confidence, and the money was spread out over more horses. The energy on the grounds was very strong. I have not seen the Sales Pavilion this full in a long time," said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. 

Alan Quartucci of Northshore purchased the filly for owner Joe Allen and said she will most likely go into training with Shug McGaughey. 

"She looks like a real runner. She has a fantastic pedigree that's still going forward every day. The filly who won in Saratoga was amazing. (The yearling) was the whole package," said Quartucci.

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