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Keeneland Sept Day-8: US$425K For Astrology Colt
The market continued to show strength on Tuesday when a colt from the first crop of Astrology (AP Indy) brought a final bid of US$425,000 from Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton to top the eighth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Kentucky. The session-topping Astrology colt is out of the More Than Ready mare Priceless Design, and from the family of multiple Gr1 winner General Challenge. A total of 292 yearlings were sold on Tuesday, the first day of the Book 4 portion of the sale, for US$14,192,700, up 5.38 per cent from the corresponding session in 2014 when the gross of US$13,467,500 was recorded for 289 horses. The average of US$48,605 jumped 4.30 per cent from US$46,600 last year, while the median of US$35,000 was unchanged. Through the first eight sessions of the 12-day sale, 1,796 horses have sold for US$259,763,200, nearly even with last year's nine-day gross of US$259,419,000 for 1,877 yearlings. The cumulative average of US$144,634 is 4.65 per cent higher than last year's US$138,209, while the median of US$95,000 is up 18.75 per cent from US$80,000 in 2014.