May 6, 2021

Dixie Victory headlines penultimate session of Keeneland January

Dixie Victory, Hip 1457, 2017 Keeneland January Sale (c) Keeneland Photo

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.