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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.