A colt from the first crop of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, sold to Novogratz Racing Stable for $85,000 to lead Friday's 11th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Novogratz, the day's leading buyer with three purchases for $155,000, also acquired fillies by Artie Schiller and Competitive Edge.
Keeneland sold 256 yearlings for a total of $4,396,800 on Friday, for an average of $17,175 and a median of $11,000.
With two sessions remaining in the September sale, 2,433 yearlings have sold for $356,398,100, for an average of $146,485 and a median of $65,000.
Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the session-topper is out of the stakes-placed Dirty Rush and a half-brother to stakes winner Rush Now. He is from the family of stakes winners Promise of War, Baldwin County, Britt's Jules and Probation Ready.
Taylor Made sold 23 yearlings for a total of $464,200 to lead all consignors.
Three yearlings sold for $80,000 apiece.
Taproot Bloodstock purchased a colt by Include who is a half-brother to stakes winner Inconclusive and stakes-placed Fall At Last. Consigned by Threave Main Stud, agent, the colt is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Ani La, and from the family of Grade 3 winner Hence and Canadian champion Marchfield.
Trainer Kenny McPeek, agent, paid the amount for a filly by Summer Front from the family of Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can. Out of the Gone West mare Bar Lazy J, she was consigned by Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent.
Cara Bloodstock, agent, consigned a filly by Palace Malice who sold for $80,000 to Patrick Hoppel. Out of the winning Holy Bull mare Breech Inlet, she is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner By Land by Sea, and Grade 2 winner Bauble Queen.
Saturday is the penultimate date of the September Sale. The Saturday and Sunday sessions begin at 10 a.m.
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