Connect Filly head book 4 finale

Momentum was maintained in Tuesday’s closing session of the Keeneland September Book 4 sale at Lexington with a filly from a second-year sire. Connect attracting a final offer of $450,000 from Maddie Mattmiller, acting as agent for the Black Type Thoroughbreds.

Tuesday’s session brought in $21,182,500, slightly more than the corresponding session in 2021 when 312 horses sold for $20,549,000. The average for the day was $71,805, up 9.02% from 2021, while the median rose 22.22% to $55,000. A total of 295 horses were sold on the last day of Book 4, while 1,851 yearlings changed hands during the first eight days of sale.

Across eight sessions of the 12-day sale, a total of 1,851 yearlings were sold through the ring for $376,636,000, an increase of 15.26% from the corresponding period last year, when they sold 1,800 horses through the ring for $326,762,000. The median price was up 12.09% from $181,534 to $203,477, while the median price of $130,000 was up 8.33% from $120,000 in 2021.

A total of 11 yearlings earned $250,000 or more during yesterday’s session, while five yearlings earned that amount last year. The session’s $450,000 topper also represented an increase from a year ago when another filly by picked up brought the top price of $320,000.

doing the right thing Connection

Black Type Thoroughbreds came to the fore on Tuesday when they landed Hip 2637, a daughter of Connect of Fun Affair (distorted humor), offered by Paramount Sales. Bred by Castleton Lyons and the Kilboy Estate, the January 30 filly is a granddaughter of champion junior filly Caressing (Honor and Glory), who is also responsible for the champion 3-year-old colt. West Coast (Flatter).

“She stood out in this current book,” said Mattmiller, who handles Black Type’s blood purchases and is also the wife of the society’s director, Jake Ballis. “She is a big, mature filly whose pedigree backs up what she wears at the end of the spike. So we knew we would have to pay quite a bit for it. She was a no-brainer.”

“We have an interest in Hidden Connection that took us to Kentucky Oaks [in 2021] for Black Type Thoroughbreds,” he noted. “We have been waiting since Connect she hasn’t had anything super recent, she may be overlooked a bit. But obviously, that didn’t happen.”

“[The stallion] he doesn’t have a great horse in a minute and I think that’s why he was in Book 4. But physically he stood out, which was reflected in his price.”

The operation purchased another three yearlings at Keeneland over the past week, one foal per candy ride (Arg) (Hip 107, $450,000) in Book 1; a filly by Lemon Drop Kid (Hip 641, $210,000) offered in Book 2, and a filly by hard spinning (Hip 2330, $170,000) on the first day of Book 4.

According to Mattmiller, the partnership’s only foal purchase will eventually join George Weaver, while the filly Lemon Drop Kid will be shipped to Michael McCarthy in California.

“Obviously that’s what the market tells us we have to pay,” he explained when asked about the $450,000 price tags hanging from Black Type’s two biggest purchases. “In Book 1 and 2, you get the pedigrees and the best stallions. Once you get to Book 4 and 5, you’ll see unproven rookie sires or stallions mixed in, but they still have the best physiques.”

She concluded: “The market was still strong going into this book from our valuations and what they brought to the ring. They probably excluded us from all the ones we offered.”

“For the obvious horse, you’re still going to pay.”

Top Colts headlining Tuesday’s action

Leading the colts in the afternoon, Jebel Ali Stables walked away to $400,000 for a Florida Derby-winning GI colt marked on. Offered as Hip 2557. Out of the Bellamy Road winning mare Castle Road, the May 11 foal comes from the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile multi-scorer family Tourist (Tiznow). He was consigned by his breeder, Hinkle Farms.

The only other year to break the $300,000 mark was Hip 2399, a colt from Nyquist. Purchased by X-Men Racing yesterday, May 4, the colt was consigned by breeder Anderson Farms. Out of the mare Quiet American Reason, the colt is from the family of the Grade I winner Switch.

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