By Christie DeBernardis
A colt from the first crop of Grade I winner Outwork (Uncle Mo) topped the closing session of Book 4 Wednesday when selling for $220,000 to trainer Keith Desormeaux, who signed the ticket under the name Charles Marquis. Hip 2727 was consigned by Warrendale Sales on behalf of breeders Todd and Chad Frederick and Carl Potter. Warrendale led all consignors with 15 yearlings grossing $965,000.
“It is two brothers keeping the legacy going for their dad,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor. “The father, Varrett Frederick, recently passed away. They are very much involved in the business. I sold for the dad, I sold for the grandad. They are great people with a farm in Georgetown and have bred some very good horses.”
She continued, “Keith Desormeaux bought the horse and he bought Exaggerator off of us as well. I believe Ciaran Dune was the underbidder. He is a big, strong colt and he sold very well. If they vetted and were big, good-looking colts, you were rewarded.”
The yearling colt is out of Westside Tapstress (Lookin at Lucky), who is a half-sister to GSW Discreet Hero (Honour and Glory). Outwork’s first foals have been well received at the yearling sales this year. Ten yearlings by the WinStar stallion sold for $1.075 million at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale, topped by a $300,000 colt. He was also represented by a $500,000 filly at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale.
“I think people like him,” Taylor said. “They like to buy horses by WinStar sires. They have a great program with good stallions. They don’t overbreed their stallions and their numbers are reasonable. They also support their stallions. He is a first-crop horse and when they see these first-crop horses that look fast, they like to buy them.”
A total of 290 yearlings sold for $12,880,500 Wednesday with an average of $44,416 and a median of $35,000.
“I thought it was very strong today,” said Taylor. “We sold horses for $150,000, $170,000. Fillies might have struggled a little more than colts in this book. There were end users there, but not quite as many and not as many people there for fillies right now.”
The highest priced filly of the session was Hip 2614, a daughter of hot young sire Constitution, whose first crop has hit the ground running on the racetrack this year. Consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, she was purchased by R.A. Hill and Oracle Bloodstock for $190,000.
Keeneland September continues through Sunday with sessions beginning at 10 a.m.