Siren Serenade Tops Monday’s First Session at Keeneland’s Horses of All Ages Sale
Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale started Monday, and Siren Serenade was the first million dollar mare to start the 5 day session that runs through Jan. 13. Siren Serenade brought $1.025 million to top bidder, the Don Alberto Corporation.
“She is a big strong mare; it’s a lovely family,” said Reiley McDonald, who signed the ticket for Siren Serenade. “I bought her for Don Alberto Corporation, and they already own part of the family. Don Alberto is playing at the highest end of the game, so she was just the perfect mare for them. She’s a very nice mare, a graded stakes producer in foal to the very best sire in the country.”
Noted for high-quality brood are prospects and short yearlings (horses born the previous year), Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale is among the final opportunities for breeders to obtain stock as breeding season nears.
The 2017 catalog has 1,893 horses, including 726 broodmares, 147 broodmare prospects, 732 yearlings, 281 horses of racing age and seven stallions and stallion prospects.
On Monday, Keeneland sold 163 horses for $10,514,000, 22.87 percent below last year’s opening session when 182 horses grossed $13,631,200. The average of $64,503 decreased 13.88 percent from $74,897 in 2016, while the median of $35,000 was down 11.39 percent from $39,500 last year.
The buyback rate was 39 percent, up from 33 percent in 2016.
“Today was a continuation of what we’ve recently seen: Quality sells,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operation Geoffrey Russell said. “We weren’t fortunate enough to have a dispersal like we did last year, but this year we did have quality sales. We had a million-dollar mare, which we didn’t have last year, and we had a $700,000 mare, so the quality offerings bring top dollar.”