A colt by Curlin topped the Keeneland September yearling sale on Friday. He was sold for $1-milliona as the marathon auction didn’t miss a beat moving into Book 2 after a strong three-day Book 1.

Leading international agents boosted the broad buyer base, and the session average of $160,736 represented a 7.8% gain over the $149,078 figure a year ago.

Keeneland reported 242 horses sold for gross receipts of $38,898,000, nearly even with last year’s gross of $38,462,000 for 258 sold. The median was up 8.3% to $130,000.

After four days of selling (interrupted by a dark day Thursday), Keeneland sold 588 horses for $159,123,000; last year 701 head grossed $172,823,000. The average of $270,617 is up 9.77% and the $200,000 median is even with last year.

Lot 845: Curlin colt. (Keeneland Photo).
Lot 845: Curlin colt. (Keeneland Photo).

The Curlin colt was the first seven-figure yearling during Book 2 since 2011 when two went above that magic ceiling.

“Having a million-dollar horse in Book 2 is a nice surprise,” said Geoffrey Russell, director of sales operations for Keeneland. “He’s a beautiful colt and was well-regarded by two sharp people.

“We’ve used the cliché and adage all the time: A good horse sells. He’s by Curlin with a great pedigree behind it. Obviously he matured very well over the summer. He deserved to bring what he brought and I am glad we had the people here to support a horse of that quality.”