A filly by the late Lord Nelson brought $125,000 from agent Michael Wallace, acting on behalf of St. Elias Stables, to top Friday's 11th of 12 sessions of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Vinnie Viola's operation has purchased a total of 48 head throughout the sale, either alone or in partnership, for gross receipts of $18,815,000 and an average of $391,979.
Consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, agent for breeder Spendthrift Farm, as Hip 3709, Friday's topper is a full sister to 2022 GII Saratoga Special S. third-place finisher and recent runaway Pimlico optional claiming winner Super Chow.
Out of the unraced Warrior's Reward mare Bonita Mia, she is from the family of Grade/Group 1 winners Miss Match (Arg) (Indygo Shiner), Carina Mia (Malibu Moon) and Miss Linda (Arg) (Southern Halo).
Canuck Racing Club paid $70,000 for the session's second highest seller, Curlquest, a colt by Exaggerator out of a daughter of champion Blind Luck (Pollard's Vision). Consigned by Castle Park Farm (Noel Murphy), agent, he is out of I'm the Reason (Bernardini). He was bred in Ontario by Langcrest Farm.
With one day remaining in the Keeneland September Sale, a total of 2,663 yearlings have sold through the ring for $402,977,700, for an average of $151,325 and a median of $80,000. The average price is up 14.56% from $132,091 in 2021, while the median is 23.08% above $65,000 last year.
The gross of this year's sale is a record for a Keeneland auction. The mark officially was passed Thursday.
On Friday, Keeneland recorded sales of $3,037,700 for 175 yearlings, for an average of $17,358 and a median of $15,000. The total is below the corresponding session in 2021 when 243 horses sold for $3,930,000. This year's average price increased 7.33% from $16,173 in 2021, while the median was 25% higher than $12,000 last year.
Friday session's leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 20 horses for $413,500. Wallace, agent for St. Elias, was the session's leading buyer.
The 12th and final session of the September Sale begins Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The auction will be streamed live at Keeneland.com.