Yearlings from high purse states help drive Keeneland prices

by | 09.22.2011 | 7:13am

As the Keeneland September sale heads into the final three days, the Blood-Horse points outs that yearlings bred in places where purses are boosted by gaming revenue are fetching a premium.  New York-breds, in particular, are driving higher prices thanks to the promise of Aqueduct casino revenues, but also yearlings from Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Canada:

“Said Keeneland consignor Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency: “My phone was ringing off the hook (Tuesday, Sept. 20) from agents saying, 'I hear you've got a New York-bred in Barn 40. Is it worth going up to look at?' ”

“Taylor said the presence of a nice New York- or Pennsylvania-bred in a consignment acts as a magnet and generates buzz. “In this environment everyone is worried about the high cost of training. When you have the potential of an $80,000 maiden race next year to compete in, you can pay $75,000 to $100,000 for them and not get hurt,” he said.”

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