Keeneland September closes with strong NY-bred numbers

Saturday, September 25th, 2021

The Keeneland September sale wrapped up Friday.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

A strong Keeneland September Yearling Sale for New York-breds continued to the end with Book Five’s New York offerings led by a $140,000 filly.

Purchased by Gary O’Meara as agent for Frank Bertolino, she was offered as Hip 2990.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales, the filly is the first foul out of the unraced Malibu Moon mare Turning Tide and was bred by Fred Hertich III and John Fielding in New York.

Hertrich purchased Turning Tide for $130,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November Sale before breeding her to Violence and shipping her to New York. The yearling hails from a strong Juddmonte Farm family with Turning Tide a half-sister to Grade 3-placed Laurel River.

They are out of Calm Water, a full-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner Emollient. Her dam Soothing Touch also produced stakes winner and dual Grade 1-placed Hofburg in addition to stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Courtier.

Turning Tide has stayed a member of the New York breeding pool with a weanling New York-bred filly by Audible. She went to Grade 1 winner Gift Box this year.

Golconda Stables purchased the second-most expensive New York-bred of Book Five, going to $90,000 to acquire a daughter of Lookin At Lucky from the Sequel New York consignment. She is the second foal for Levetta, whose first foal is a Kentucky-bred Kantharos 2-year-old filly. Magnolia Bloodstock purchased Levetta, carrying the Lookin At Lucky yearling, for $24,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale with Sequel Thoroughbreds joining in on the mare’s ownership and co-breeding the yearling.

Levetta is a half-sister to stakes winner Backdoor Kenny and stakes-placed Dinar with the trio out of Internal Affair. Those under this filly’s third dam include stakes winners Mountain Range, Irish Presence and Royal Vindication with stakes-placed Mrs Petoski her granddam’s full-sister.

Levetta produced a colt from the final New York crop of the late Laoban this year. She returned to Classic Empire, the sire of Friday’s Joseph A. Gimma Stakes winner Classy Edition.

The 51 New York-bred yearlings sold throughout Keeneland September averaged $98,490 with a median of $65,000 and were led by a $650,000 City of Light colt bred by Anlyn Farms. The New York-breds registered the same median as the overall sale and saw yearlings from the state bring a gross of $5,023,000.

The next opportunity to purchase New York-bred yearlings is the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearlings sale in Maryland Oct. 4-5 with 106 of the 513 cataloged foaled in New York.

The sales return to New York for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale Oct. 18 where 291 weanlings and broodmares will be offered.

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