The Keeneland September Yearling Sale is not only the world’s largest yearling auction, but it is also the source of a long list of performers competing at the highest levels of racing on the global stage.
Winning the World Over
Broad Buying Base
During the 2019 pre-pandemic edition of the world’s largest yearling sale, buyers from 33 different countries outside the U.S. spent a total $161.4 million on 1,413 young athletes, typical of the annual trade by international shoppers.
Qatar Racing’s Dynamic Duo
Qatar Racing Limited has enjoyed worldwide success with its September Sale purchases, most notably multiple Group 1 winners Roaring Lion and Kameko, both sons of Kitten’s Joy acquired through David Redvers. A $160,000 purchase from Taylor Made Sales Agency in 2016, RanJan Racing-bred Roaring Lion earned the equivalent of more than $3.5 million and was voted Cartier Horse of the Year. QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (G1) winner Kameko, bred by Calumet Farm, was bought for $90,000 from Paramount Sales.
Con Te Partiro was a true international performer, racing at more than a dozen racetracks on three different continents during a five-year career. Purchased at the 2015 September Sale by Cromwell Bloodstock for $130,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, the daughter of Scat Daddy bred by K.C. Garrett Farm was a stakes winner at Royal Ascot in Great Britain for Hat Creek Racing and later won two Group 1 events in Australia for Newgate Farm and SF Bloodstock.
Godolphin Scores Down Under
Another Group 1 winner in Australia that had been acquired at the September Sale was Godolphin’s It’s Somewhat, a son of Dynaformer bought for $150,000 from breeders Ben P. Walden Jr., Patrick W. Madden and Greg McDonald. After beginning his career in England, where he was Group 1-placed, It’s Somewhat soared when sent Down Under, winning Australia’s top race for milers, the Doncaster (G1).
Masaji Kitagawa’s Capital System Co. Ltd. has had the honor of racing two Keeneland September Sale graduates at the highest level in Japan. Grade 1 winner in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1), Mozu Superflare, a daughter of Speightstown bred by Alpha Delta Stables and purchased for $125,000 from Lane’s End, went on to earn more than the equivalent of $3.3 million. Mozu Ascot, a son of the outstanding Frankel (GB) bred by Summer Wind Farm was an RNA to sale at Keeneland and accounted for the Yasuda Kinen (G1) and February (G1) S.
Sale Grads Soar in Korea
It was appropriate that Moonhak Chief would score an impressive victory in the Keeneland Korea Cup (KOR-G1) en route to being honored as 2019 Horse of the Year in the Republic of Korea for owner Kwon Kyung Ja. The Pioneerof the Nile colt bred by White Fox Farm who went through the Keeneland sales ring has earned more than $1.3 million. Another Korean star in 2019 who was a Keeneland September yearling was Blue Chipper, winner of the Keeneland Korea Sprint (KOR-G1) who went on to finish third in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita.
Living Up to Expectations
As the 2016 September Sale topper when sold for $3 million by breeder Clarkland Farm, Mendelssohn lived up to the expectations of his Coolmore Stud connections, with earnings of more than $2.5 million. Among the globetrotting victories for the half-brother to prominent sire Into Mischief and four-time champion Beholder was an impressive win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), UAE Derby (G2), and Patton S.
On Top in Dubai
Other September Sale alumni have distinguished themselves by winning at different levels and distances in the United Arab Emirates. Leading the way at Meydan is Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, the son of Unbridled’s Song who rallied from last for an impressive score in the Dubai World Cup (G1). The champion 3-year-old colt whose other major victories included the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), Arrogate bankrolled $17.4 million, a healthy return on his $560,000 sale price when bought from breeder Clearsky Farms.
Other major winners in Dubai that are September Sale graduates include Cool Cowboy, Gladiator King, Hawkbill, Kimbear, Plus Que Parfait, and Reynaldothewizard.