Friday, January 16, 2009

White Colt Brings Highest Price on Friday at Keeneland

Lexington, KY (January 16, 2009) – White Prince, a white yearling colt by Devil His Due, attracted a final bid of $60,000 to top Friday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Consigned by Hopewell Farm LLC, as agent for Patchen Wilkes Farm, the colt is out of Patchen Beauty, by Hatchet Man. He was purchased by Florida-based pinhooker Christy Whitman.

Salman Rashid paid the day’s second-highest price of $57,000 for a yearling colt by Five Star Day out of the Pleasant Colony mare Minicolony. The colt, consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, is a half-brother stakes-placed Sea Pines and Suzy Smart.

On Friday, Keeneland sold 244 horses for gross receipts of $2,050,200, down 45.6 percent from 2008 when 239 horses brought $3,766,400. The average of $8,402 decreased 46.7 percent from last year’s figure of $15,759, while the median of $4,500 was down 47.1 percent from $8,500 in 2008.

Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,125 horses for $31,028,200, down 53.5 percent from the corresponding period last year when 1,145 horses brought $66,678,700. The average of $27,581 represents a 52.6 percent decrease from $58,235 in 2008. The median was down 58.3 percent from $24,000 in 2008 to $10,000 this year.

Jade Dreamer, a five-year-old mare by Jade Hunter, brought $50,000 from Vin Cox Bloodstock. Out of the Nijinsky II mare Sky Ninski, Jade Dreamer is a full sister to stakes winner Vinista, dam of Discovery Handicap (G3) winner Roman Dynasty. She was consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

The January Sale concludes Saturday; the session begins at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at

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