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Keeneland: War Front colt sells for $2.5m to Coolmore Stud

Horse Racing: $2.5m War Front ColtKentucky -- At the latest session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, five seven-figure yearlings were sold on Thursday, topped by a War Front colt which sold for $2.5 million to become the highest-priced purchase of the sale to date.

The 18 seven-figure yearlings represent the most sold since the 2008 September Sale, when 18 yearlings were sold for $1 million or more.

“It was certainly a successful week in terms of top horses, average, gross, and buy-back percentage,” Keeneland’s Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson said.

On Thursday, 142 yearlings sold for $41,874,000, for an average of $294,887 and a median of $210,000. The average for the first four days is $280,925, and the median is $207,500.

Keeneland reformatted the September Sale this year, expanding Book 1 to comprise the first four sessions of the sale. As a result, there are no comparable session figures for 2012.

“This is the cream of North America’s yearling crop,” Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said about the Book 1 horses. “Our goal was to get as many buyers on the grounds as we could to sort through them. We accomplished that and saw top-quality horses every day, a lot of spirited bidding, and a wide range of buyers staying from Monday through Thursday.”

M.V. Magnier, of Coolmore Stud, purchased the $2.5 million War Front colt who is out of the stakes-placed During mare Blading Gold Ring. The colt was consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm. O’Callaghan bought the colt as a weanling for $180,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Keeneland September Yearling Sale