Union Rags' get average $149,000 at Keeneland Yearling Sale, 20% over average sale price
October 4, 2017
By SARA CAVANAGH
LEXINGTON, Ky.--Twenty-eight colts and fillies by Union Rags went through the ring at the Keeneland September Yearling Sales, Sept. 11-23, selling for an average of $149,000, well above the average sales price of the sale, which, at $120,487, set a new record for an average.
Gross sales surpassed $300 million, up 12.81 percent over 2016, with record average and median prices and 13 horses selling for $1 million or more.
The top priced yearling was hip number 68, a filly by Tapit who is a full sister to G1 winner Cupid that was bought by M. V. Magnier for $2.7 million, and for the second consecutive year Tapit was the leading sire, with his 17 yearlings averaging $950,000.
The top selling Union Rags colt, hip number 1023 out of Baby J, a graded stakes winner by J Be K, that was bought by Shadwell Estate Co. for $650,000.
Two of his colts sold for $475,000, one of which, hip number 1018, was bought by Patti Miller, agent, for EQB, for Zayat Stables.
"He is a really nice colt, and we really liked him," said Miller. "He jumped through all my hoops."
"He's in Ocala now, with the American Pharoah team," said Miller, referring to the group that handled the Triple Crown winner. "Hopefully, he'll be as nice as American Pharoah."
"It was a very strong sale," said Miller. "A frighteningly strong sale. It kept its momentum the whole way. I've never seen anything like it."
The other $475,000 colt, hip number 863, was bought by Xavier International Bloodstock.
"Overall, it was a good sale for the get of Union Rags," said Russell Jones, former owner of the bloodstock agency Walnut Green who is now assisting Union Rags' owner, Phyllis Wyeth, who is a cousin of Jones' wife Donnan.
"But, considering the results of his get at the racetrack last weekend, it could have been even better," said Jones, commenting on the results at tracks that occurred after all the Union Rags' colts and fillies had been sold.
"Paradise Woods won a G1 stakes in California by over five lenths, and two maidens won in the East," said Jones, referring to three of the six wins of Union Rags' get over the last three days of September. "He's on such a roll at the racetrack."
Paradise Woods won the $300,000, G1 Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares three years and up at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Sept. 30, winning under a hand ride by 5 1/2 lengths to become Union Rags' top performer, now with two G1 stakes in her resume.
Two 2 year olds, Navajo and Saguaro, won Maiden Special Weight races, Navajo at mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 1 and Saguaro at 6 furlongs at Laurel Park on Sept. 30.
Also winning in late September were 2-year-old Hot Dixie Dame in a 5 furlong maiden claiming at Delaware Park on Sept. 27 and 3 year olds Battle Ready, in a 7 furlong maiden claiming at Brlmont on Sept. 30 and Midnight Union in a 6 furlong claiming race at Penn National on Sept. 29.Belmont on
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