A colt by Liam’s Map attracted the highest bid of Saturday’s penultimate session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when purchased by David McKathan and Jody Mihalic’s Grassroots Training & Sales for $67,000. Consigned by Gainesway, hip 3835 is out of Pelipa (Indian Charlie) and from the family of Grade I winner Albert the Great. He was bred by Maccabee Farm. Grassroots was the session’s leading buyer, purchasing four yearlings for $149,000. The Ocala-based operation has purchased 20 yearlings so far during the September sale for a total of $951,000.
During Saturday’s session, 215 horses sold for $2,298,500. The session average was $10,691 and the median was $6,500. With one session of the 13-day auction remaining, 2,648 yearlings have grossed $358,696,600. The average of $135,459 is down just slightly from the corresponding 2018 figure, while the median is down 13.3% to $52,000.
The Keeneland September sale’s final session begins Sunday at 10 a.m.