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Keeneland Sep Day-2: US$250,978 Average
At Tuesday's second session of the 70th Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, the final yearling through the ring sold for US$1 million to become the fourth yearling of the day to bring seven figures. Through the first two sessions of this year's sale, eight yearlings have been sold for seven figures, exceeding the seven sold during the entire sale last year. "The fact that there are eight million-dollar horses so far is very rewarding, and I would say that's because the market has improved," said Keeneland's Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. On Tuesday, 139 yearlings sold for $US34,886,000, at an average of US$250,978 and a median of $US200,000. The highest-priced lot on day-2 was a $1.3 million Bernardini filly who is a half-sister to champion and Gr1 Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell which sold to Lane Seliger of Baumann Stables in Texas. "Her bloodlines were very, very attractive and very deep," commented Seliger. "I think the price was a little higher than we wanted to spend, but we're not disappointed."