Applauding, an 11-year-old winning daughter of Congrats in foal to Curlin, who was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, was a $360,000 private sale purchase by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, to lead Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Beginning with the 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale, Keeneland now reports post-sale transactions of horses initially reported as reserve not attained (RNA) and later sold privately.
For the session, Keeneland sold 219 horses for $14,257,800, for an average of $65,104 and a median of $35,000.
Session-topper Applauding is out of the Forestry mare Andria’s Forest and from the family of Grade 2 winner Crafty C.T.
On Monday, two horses sold for $335,000 apiece. The first is Zia, a stakes-placed daughter of Munnings in foal to Into Mischief who sold to Nicoma Bloodstock, agent. Ballysax Bloodstock, agent, consigned Zia, who is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Faux Pas (IRE) and from the family of English champion Negligent (IRE), Grade 2 winner Selflessly and Grade 3 winner River Seven.
The other $335,000 seller is stakes winner Moonlit Garden, a 6-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, who was purchased by D.J. Stable. Vinery Sales, agent, consigned Moonlit Garden, a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Title Contender, who was cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect. She is out of the Grade 3-winning Roy mare Winter Garden.
The session’s most expensive yearling is a colt by Quality Road out of Grade 2 winner Foxysox (GB) sold for $310,000 to First Finds. Denali Stud, agent, consigned the colt, who is a half-brother to stakes winner Curlin’s Fox and from the family of multiple Group 3 winner Jester.
Quick Trigger, a yearling colt from the first crop of Gun Runner, sold for $300,000 to OXO Equine. Select Sales, agent, consigned Quick Trigger, whose dam is the stakes-placed First Samurai mare Onna Bugeisha. He is from the family of Group 3 winner Tazeez.
de Meric Stables, agent, was Monday’s leading buyer with five purchases for $712,000. At $290,000, de Meric’s most expensive acquisition is a Gun Runner colt consigned by Denali Stud, agent. The first foal out of stakes-placed Sunday Sonnet, by Any Given Saturday, he is from the family of Irish champion miler Prince of Birds and multiple Grade 3 winner Pianist.
Nick de Meric called the Gun Runner colt “an outstanding athletic individual” and said he bought him for Klaravich Stables.
On Monday, Taylor Made Sales Agency led all consignors with sales of $3,613,900 for 56 horses.