A Sale for the History Books
During the 2022 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, an international cast of buyers converged on the sales grounds in Lexington, driving a robust market that resulted in the highest-grossing auction in Keeneland history. Conducted in an atmosphere that was electric from the start, the 12-day auction surpassed all expectations.
With 2,965 of the best-bred and -conformed young bloodstock in the world changing hands, the 2022 September Sale produced a record gross of more than $405 million in the ring, far outpacing the previous year’s total of $352.8 million. The average of $141,097 and the median price of $70,000 also were the highest in the sale’s history.
2022 September Sale by the Numbers
$405 million +
Record Gross in the Ring
30 yearlings sold for $1 million +
Double that of 2021 and the most since 2007
$2.5 million sale topper
Top price in North America
16 of the top 25 prices in North America
Strong Start Sets the Tone
With the sale organized to position the yearlings perceived to be the best in Book 1, the 2022 September Sale was quick out of the gate and the momentum continued until the final horse exited the sale ring. Hip 1 fetched a final price of $850,000, and Hip 8 was the first to reach seven figures.
Deep Market Rewards Breeders
Breeders choosing to enter their yearlings in the September Sale were well rewarded by the stiff competition for their stock. The 15 highest-priced yearlings represented 13 different consignors. The 162 yearlings that changed hands for $500,000 or more was up more than 17% over the previous year. Demand was also at an unprecedented level with a record clearance rate of 82 percent.
Quality Road Colt Stars
Among the 30 yearlings sold for $1-million or more—double the previous year and the highest number since 2007—the breakout star was a Quality Road colt acquired for $2.5 million by the high-powered partnership of Talla Racing, Woodford Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds, LEB, agent. Consigned by Stonehaven Steadings, the colt descends from the family of champion Wait a While.
Constitution Colt Lights Up Day 2
The sale’s second-highest priced individual went through the ring on Day 2, when Dana and Jim Bernhard purchased a son of Constitution for $1.8 million from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment. Produced from the Grade 1-winning mare Last Full Measure, the colt is a three-quarter brother to Grade 1 winner Valiance.