LATE ACTION AS BOOK 2 CONCLUDES
by Brian DiDonato & Jessica Martini
LEXINGTON, KY--While Thursday's second and final Book 2 session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale included some lulls without big-money sellers, it finished strong, with the day's top two lots coming in the final 20 or so hips.
A colt by the in-demand Into Mischief (hip 1203) was the lone Book 2 offering to reach the seven-figure threshold, selling for an even $1-million to Peter Leidel, who did his bidding on the phone. The son of Grade II winner Teen Pauline (Tapit) was consigned to the sale by Warrendale Sales, agent for Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Bred & Raised. Stonestreet was also responsible for Book 1's $2-million Tapit topper.
A total of $34,507,000 in trade was done on Thursday from 182 head sold. The average was $176,959 and median was $135,000.
GENERATES RECORD HANDLE
The Runhappy meet at Kentucky Downs, which concluded Wednesday, Sept. 16, saw record betting handle across the six days of live racing that totaled $59,828,44 for a total of 62 races (average per race $964,975), including $9,487,705 on the final day. The previous record of $41,239,699 (average $824,794) was set in 2019.
Even with a modest reduction in prize money owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and a two-month absence of revenue from historical racing machines, a record total of $12,337,000 was paid out over the course of the meet, bettering last year's $11,520,380.
TODAY’S GRADED STAKES
10:40a Prix Eclipse-G3, CHY
LIVEYOURBEASTLIFE BREEZES FOR PREAKNESS
William H. Lawrence's Liveyourbeastlife (Ghostzapper), the runner-up in the GII Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga Sept. 5, worked five-eighths in :59.89 (3/9) Thursday over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the GI Preakness S. Oct. 3. Trainer Jorge Abreu said that the dark bay would be supplemented to the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.