$4.1 million Curlin colt tops first two Keeneland sessions

Ontario-bred American Pharoah filly sold by Sam-Son Farms on Monday afternoon to Woodbine owner William Werner for $250,000

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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin continued its dominance of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale during Tuesday’s second session by purchasing the day’s two highest-priced yearlings, headlined by the $4.1 million Curlin colt out of New Zealand champion sprinter Bounding (AUS), who is the most expensive September Sale yearling since 2010. Godolphin also took home a War Front colt out of Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Believe You Can for $2.9 million.

The session-topping $4.1 million Curlin colt is the first foal out of 2014 champion New Zealand sprinter Bounding, by Lonhro (AUS). He is the September Sale’s most expensive horse since Besilu Stables went to $4.2 million to acquire Mr. Besilu in 2010.

The colt was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised. Stonestreet bought Bounding for more than $1.3 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale in Australia.

After the first two sessions, a handful of Canadian-breds have gone through the ring including the first yearling consignment from Sam-Son Farms.

Sam-Son sold a filly by American Pharoah from the graded stakes placed mare Swoop and Strike, whose second dam is Queen’s Plate winner Dancethruthedawn. The filly brought a bid of $250,000 from William Werner, who races his horses at Woodbine with trainer Roger Attfield.

Of six other yearling offerings, Sam-Son sold two, fillies by Curlin and Empire Maker, for a total of $380,000.

First three sessions (including Wed.) Canadian-bred hips:

13 OUT
133 Bill Werner 250,000
211 RNA 140,000
276 RNA 95,000
298 out
300 180,000
314 200,000
337 RNA 115,000
421  – Wed.
429 – Wed.
550 – Wed.