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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Vestrey Lady Brings $300,000 On Tuesday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (January 13, 2009) – Stakes winning Vestrey Lady, in foal to Broken Vow, commanded a top price of $300,000 during Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Nobuo Tsunoda bought the six-year-old mare who is by Vicar out of the Kris S. mare Episode and is from the family of champion Street Sense and graded stakes winner and sire Mr. Greeley. She was consigned by Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), agent.


Eaton Sales, as agent for an undisclosed client, paid the day’s second-highest price of $290,000 for Rose of Killarney. Sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, the four-year-old Proud Citizen filly is a half-sister to recent Hollywood Starlet (G1) winner Laragh. She was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent.

On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 210 horses for gross sales of $9,145,700, down 66.2 percent from the corresponding session in 2008 when 239 horses brought $27,088,200. Average price was $43,551, down 61.6 percent from last year’s $113,340. Median price decreased 55.8 percent from $60,000 to $26,500.

“You can’t really compare breeding stock sales; last year we sold three $1 million horses on this day. However, when you consider this as a sale within a sale, it was very good. The auctioneers, as well as consignors and buyers, said this session had a stronger feel to it when compared with yesterday. There was spirited bidding for the quality horses,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales.

Cumulative gross sales for the first two days were $21,091,600, down 56.4 percent from last year’s $48,414,100. Average price was down 54.1 percent from $111,553 to $51,193. Median price of $27,000 decreased 53.8 percent from last year’s $58,500.

Zehoorr, in foal to Bernardini, and a yearling colt by Speightstown, each sold for $270,000 on Tuesday.

Zehoorr, an unraced daughter of Storm Cat out of Santa Monica Handicap (G1) winner Nany’s Sweep, was sold to Westbury Stables/Summerfield, agent. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the four-year-old mare is a half-sister to graded stakes winner She’s Indy Money.

The Speightstown colt, consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services Inc. (J. Stuart), agent, is out of the Belong to Me mare Treysta, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Hard Spun. He was purchased by Diagonal Bloodstock.

The January Sale continues through Saturday; sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.


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