With about 100 hips remaining in the second day of selling at the Keeneland September yearling sale, a consistent if not remarkable stream of action seems to be the pace as the “Book 2″ portion of the catalog gets underway.
A day after five yearlings reached the seven-figure mark in the select session, a bay colt by Giant’s Causeway holds as the high price of Tuesday’s exercise thus far, selling for $550,000 to WinStar Farm under its Maverick Racing banner.
The only other horse in the session to reach the half-million level has been a colt by Tapit consigned by Taylor Made Sales who sold for $500,000 to Demi O’Byrne on behalf of the Coolmore Stud partnership.
“I think we’re dealing in a very solid, realisitic market and the breakout hores is capable of bringing a strong price – and that’s the way it should be,” said Michael Hernon of Gainesway, which consigned the Giant’s Causeway colt.
Out of the Seeking the Gold mare Questress, the Giant’s Causeway colt is a half brother to multiple Grade I winner Pomeroy and Gold Vault, dam of Grade I winner Contested.
“He was a very nice Giant’s Causeway and he looks like he has a stallion’s pedigree,” said Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm. “He’s a half-brother to a stallion already in Pomeroy, who’s doing a nice job in Florida. So we thought he was worth taking a shot on. He’s well-balanced, athletic. So we’ll see what happens.”