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Leading Consignor Relies on September Sale

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Leading Consignor Relies on September Sale

As the world’s largest consignor of yearlings by gross receipts annually, Taylor Made Sales Agency dominates the largest yearling auction, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. With more than $29.7 million in sales at the 2020 renewal, the Taylor family’s Nicholasville, Ky.-based operation led the consignors’ list for the sixth consecutive year, and 22nd time since 1988.

Among the most successful horses sold by Taylor Made at the September Sale are recent Grade 1 winners Improbable, Mischevious Alex, Princess Noor and Vexatious, as well as such stalwarts as Drosselmeyer, Liam’s Map, Roaring Lion and To Honor and Serve, among countless others.

Wicked Whisper
Vexatious

Keeneland September is the heart of the global yearling market and Taylor Made September is a microcosm of Keeneland September. It’s all about quality in quantity.
Mark Taylor

Liam’s Map Tops the List

Liam’s Map was the model of consistency during his career, with six wins and two second-place finishes from eight starts highlighted by a game victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland. Bred by Albaugh Family Stable, the striking gray son of Unbridled’s Song was an $800,000 September Sale purchase and was trained by Todd Pletcher for Teresa Viola Racing Stables. West Point Thoroughbreds was a partner when Liam’s Map won the Breeders’ Cup.

LIAM'S MAP winner of the $1 Million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)
Liams Map
We have sold 60 Grade 1 winners at the September Sale and ‘Liam’ is possibly my favorite. We raised him on the farm for Albaugh Stable and it was bittersweet for them to see him go.
Mark Taylor

The Lion That Roared

Qatar Racing’s Roaring Lion showed his $160,000 purchase by David Redvers at the 2016 September Sale was a bargain after the son of Kitten’s Joy, who was bred by Marsha Naify’s RanJan Racing, earned more than $3.5 million in a career that included four Group 1 wins and honors as Cartier Horse of the Year for trainer John Gosden

Group 1 winner and Keeneland September graduate ROARING LION
Roaring Lion

Roaring Lion is another very special horse. He wasn’t the most expensive horse in Book 1 and you could pick on him here and there. But he had class and once he hit the track he showed his great talent and tremendous heart.
Mark Taylor

A Royal Victory

Zedan Racing Stable’s precocious Princess Noor helped boost Taylor Made stallion Not This Time to the upper echelon of the 2020 freshman sire list with a juvenile season highlighted by a victory in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) in her second career start. Bought by Mark Marino at the 2019 September Sale for $135,000, the filly bred by International Equities Holding was resold by Top Line Sales for a sale-topping $1.35 million as a 2-year-old.

PRINCESS NOOR winner of the 2020 Del Mar Debutante S. (G1)
Princess Noor

She was a beautiful filly. Frances Relihan and Jody Alexander along with her owner, Oussama Aboughazale, always were high on her. She proved them right and became her sire’s first Grade 1 winner.
Mark Taylor

From Taylor Made Pinhook to Champion

Yet another September Sale graduate that outran his $200,000 price tag, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Improbable was honored with an Eclipse Award as champion older male of 2020 after finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland to conclude his career. The son of City Zip, who was bred by St. George Farm and G. Watts Humphrey, sold to Taylor Made as a weanling at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale for $110,000 when offered by Lane’s End.

 

Grade 1 and Eclipse Award winner IMPROBABLE
improbable
Katie Taylor of Taylor Made Sales
Our pinhooking team led by my niece, Katie Taylor, bought him as a weanling and he really blossomed into his yearling year. He turned out to be a top-level Grade 1 horse.
Mark Taylor

Colt Embodies What I Love About My Job

WinStar’s success with Taylor Made September Sale graduates includes Drosselmeyer, a son of Distorted Humor purchased by Maverick Racing for $600,000 at the 2008 auction. Bred by longtime Taylor Made clients Aaron U. and Marie D. Jones, the chestnut horse won or placed in 12 of 16 starts, with five victories including the Belmont (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), and earned more than $3.7 million for trainer Bill Mott.

 

DROSSELMEYER wins the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
Drosselmeyer

This colt embodies what I love about my job. We get to raise great horses for wonderful people like Aaron and Marie Jones. These are the types of horses that keep me in the game.
Mark Taylor

Star of the Show

Purchased by Alex and JoAnn Lieblong for $500,000 at the 2018 September Sale, Wicked Whisper displayed her talent early. After a 6¼-length romp her 2019 career debut at Saratoga Race Course, the Liam’s Map filly next won the Frizette (G1) for trainer Steve Asmussen.

WICKED WHISPER wins the Frizette (G1)
Wicked Whisper

This filly was raised at Siena Farms and I had followed her every couple of months as she grew up. They typically have a top-class crop at Siena, but this filly always struck me as the star of the show
Mark Taylor

Mischevious Alex Joins Grade 1 Class

One of the latest members of Taylor Made’s Grade 1 graduating class at Keeneland September is Mischevious Alex, winner of the Carter (G1) earlier this year. Owned by Chuck Zacney’s Cash is King Stable and LC Racing, the bay Into Mischief colt bred by WinStar Farm sold to Eisaman Equine for $75,000 when offered in 2018.

This colt was solid as a yearling but Barry and Shari Eisaman got him for only $75,000. Some buyers picked on him for not having a huge walk, but it clearly did not slow him down on the track.
Mark Taylor

A Saratoga Surprise

Vexatious posted a stunning victory at Saratoga Race Course when the Giant’s Causeway mare won the 2020 Personal Ensign (G1) over champion Midnight Bisou. Trained by Jack Sisterson for Calumet Farm, Vexatious was bred by James C. Weigel and Giant's Causeway Syndicate and was purchased by BBA (Ireland) for $75,000 at the 2015 September Sale.

VEXATIOUS wins the Personal Ensign (G1) over Midnight Bisou
Vexatious
We always thought she had a big win in her, and all credit (goes) to (her). She always tries 110%.
Jack Sisterson, Trainer of Vexatious