Edited Press Release
Hip No. 1457, DIXIE VICTORY, sold for $100,000 to Willow Wood to lead Thursday’s penultimate session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
The winning six-year-old daughter of Dixie Union, cataloged as a broodmare prospect, was consigned by Shawhan Place, agent. Dixie Victory’s dam is the Grade 1-winning Artax mare Friendly Michelle. A half-sister to stakes winner Bonita Bianca, she is from the family of Grade 2 winner Kathmanblu.
Willow Wood was the session’s leading buyer with its lone purchase.
On Thursday, Keeneland sold 209 horses for a total of $2,489,600, an average of $11,912 and a median of $5,000. Total sales decreased 22.30 percent from the $3,204,000 for 248 horses sold last year. The average declined 7.79 percent from $12,919, and the median was 31.03 percent below $7,250 in 2016.
Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 790 horses for $27,479,100, down 18.39 percent from last year when 843 horses grossed $33,672,900. The average of $34,784 was 12.92 percent below $39,944 in 2016. The median of $14,000 was 6.67 percent lower than last year’s $15,000.
Glenn Sikura, agent, paid $77,000 for the day’s second-high seller, the four-year-old stakes-placed Pulpit filly HOLY FLAME, cataloged as a broodmare prospect.
Consigned as Hip 1518 by Betz Thoroughbreds, agent, Holy Flame is out of the Grand Slam mare Flaming Rose and is a half-sister to stakes winner Tiz a Slam. She is from the family of Irish highweight Salsabil, Grade 2 heroine Essential Edge and Group 3 winner Danse Royale.
Four Star Sales, agent, sold 43 horses for $447,300 to be the leading consignor on Thursday.
The January Sale concludes Friday with a session that begins at 10 a.m. (ET). For complete results please visit keeneland.com.